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Are these vineyards?

Are these vineyards?

Though Germany would seem like the last country to give its vineyards whimsical names, there are dozens of them. Here are the names of a few well-known vineyards. -Eselshaut: Donkey hide -Himmelreich: Kingdom of Heaven -Kalb: Veal -Schneckenhof: Home of the snails -Katzenbeisser: The biter of cats -Lump: Dope; idiot -Nonnengarten: Nun’s garden -Saumagen: pig’s […]

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Investing in Wine

Investing in Wine

The theory behind investing in wine is that its value increases as it matures. Experts within the wine industry reckon the best investors can see returns of up to 30% a year from some bottles. Between 2000 and 2010, some of the famous Bordeux vintages even quadrupled in value. In practice, wine as an investment […]

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Wine Spectator’s 2009 #3

Wine Spectator’s 2009 #3

In lieu of recent château tour to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, I wanted tell about a fantastic vineyard that has a history of excellence in this region. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe. A blend from this winery received the #3 spot in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2009. Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2007 95 points […]

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The Quick Sip on Oregon

The Quick Sip on Oregon

Oregon has several different growing regions within the state’s borders which are well-suited to the cultivation of grapes, yet the most predominant regions are the Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, and Columbia Gorge. Oregon’s specialty is Pinot Noir, a delicate and temperamental grape considered by many to make the most sensual red wine in the world. […]

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NEWFLASH- Poison Threat for France’s Top Vineyard!

NEWFLASH- Poison Threat for France’s Top Vineyard!

I recently read a shocking article concerning one of France’s most famous vineyards. Romanée-Conti, located in the prestigious Burgundy region, was given a threat saying that their vine stocks would be poisoned if they did not pay a ransom of 1 million euros! The managers of the estate received a letter in January from the […]

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Drops of Gold: Olive Oil Tasting

Drops of Gold: Olive Oil Tasting

Last week, Brian and I had a “null” with an unexpected twist. As always, we started off by exploring the lively, Provencal market for our fresh produce to make a delicious lunch. On this day, however, our friendly French chef, Caroline, led us to a local olive oil shop, Oliviers & Co. on the nearby […]

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Shiraz vs. Syrah vs. Shir-AZ!

Shiraz vs. Syrah vs. Shir-AZ!

At a recent “Signature French Wine Tasting,” Hilary and I met up with a delightful young woman from Australia who was saying some very strange things. She would say Shir-AZ when referring to Syrah wine. I wish you could have heard her pronunciation, because the written word does not do it justice. Despite her unique, […]

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