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Think Economic Bubbles Only Apply to Housing and Tech Stocks….Think Again!

Think Economic Bubbles Only Apply to Housing and Tech Stocks….Think Again!

Wine in Provence tours Talks Wine and Bubbles! The boom and bust cycle, mass hysteria, get-rich-quick, and all the other terms that go along with economic bubbles from tulips in Holland to stock in the South Sea Company and from tech stocks to subprime housing, bubbles seem to be a consistent part of our lives. […]

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Can Wine Become and American Habit?

Can Wine Become and American Habit?

Many people might answer this question with, “well it already is!” But when compared to the French and their habit of having a glass or two with lunch, it can appear as if wine and Americans are as compatible as oil and water. It’s true though that wine consumption is surging in the United States. […]

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We’re back!

We’re back!

Spring is in the air and the plane trees along the Cours Mirabeau are just starting to bloom which means another exciting season of wine tours, cooking classes, cheese/wine pairings, and gourmet dinners is upon us! Hilary and I are very excited for this upcoming season where we will be welcoming visitors from around the […]

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Blessed by the Gods: Chateau Romanin

Blessed by the Gods: Chateau Romanin

  Often times during our Vineyard and Winery tours, we experience awe and wonder- from discovering a new, perfectly harmonious pairing of wine and cheese to a peaceful moment ambling through the gnarled vines and marveling at the fact that they have produced world-class wine for over a century. Nestled in the northern slope of […]

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In Case of Emergency…

In Case of Emergency…

I took photo below last week while on a null of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  It’s harvest time in the south of France and basically all rules and norms go out the window and three weeks of organized chaos sets in.  I’m sure this magnum at Domaine de Beaurenard will come in handy as the workers approach the […]

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What is Meant by “Length”?

What is Meant by “Length”?

Wines where the flavor lingers in the mouth after swallowing are called long, and this is considered to be a positive description: the intensity and persistence of flavor reflect the quality of the wine. The aroma and flavor continuing in the mouth after the wine has been swallowed is called its aftertaste: the quality and […]

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Anatomy of a Wine Bottle

Anatomy of a Wine Bottle

Capsule, or foil, made of tin or plastic. Space between wine and cork is called ullage. Slope or shoulder varies with bottle style. Neck label is not always present. Back label is optional, but often useful. Style of front label varies regionally and from one producer to another. Punt is most important for sparkling wine. […]

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Old Vines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Old Vines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Brian and I recently visited the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine region for a château tour with a happy newlywed couple. Chateauneuf is renowned for its full-bodied red wines and we tasted many a wonderful red that day during the full-day tour to five different vineyards. One of the highlights of the day was a visit to […]

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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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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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