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2011 Chateauneuf du Pape a Drinkers Vintage

Variety is the spice of life. At least that’s how I see it. The variances in vintage signatures is proof of that. Each vintage carries its own unique character, personality and allure. Of course there are vintages that require time in the cellar for the tannins to meld and allow the wines to develop secondary charact [...]

Annual First Growth Bordeaux Wine Tasting and Barbecue Dinner

Clearly I do not post enough about wine. I should write about it more often. I certainly drink enough. Or at least try to. On the other hand, can one really drink enough great wine? I am not sure about the limits some of my friends have, but we tried to find out last week at Chez Leve. The group, a blend of friends and [...]

Rudy Kurniawan Sentence 10 Years in Prison From Wine Bars to Jail Bars

Loud cheers were heard all over the world-wide wine community the moment Rudy Kurniawan was handed a ten year prison sentence. And why not? Rudy Kurniawan is responsible for changing the face of collecting wine for decades. How much time will Rudy Kurniawan actually serve? With time served of 29 months, with good behavi [...]

2013 Bordeaux Wine Buying Guide With Tasting Notes on 400 Wines

2013 Bordeaux is not the vintage of the century. The growing season, with its cold, damp character made sure of that. 30, 40 or 50 years ago, a year the quality of 2013 Bordeaux would have been a complete disaster. But that is not what took place with 2013 Bordeaux. With the willingness to sacrifice quantity for q [...]

Philippe Cambie on 2013 Chateauneuf Southern Rhone Vintage and Harvest

You remember the phrase Bo knows Football? Or was that Baseball? Well, Philippe Cambie knows Chateauneuf du Pape. It’s difficult to disagree with that statement. Philippe Cambie works with more growers and producers in the Southern Rhone Valley than any other consultant. He is involved in the vineyards and the cellars. [...]

Jaboulet and La Lagune Combine Grapes Create New Bordeaux Rhone Wine

Starting with the 2010 vintage, Caroline Frey, the young, dynamic owner of multiple prestigious estates began producing a new wine made from grapes grown at Chateau La Lagune in the Haut Medoc appellation and from her Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aine vineyards in the Hermitage appellation of the Northern Rhone Valley. The wine [...]

Sylvie Cazes of Lynch Bages buys Chateau Chauvin in St. Emilion

With the purchase of Chateau Chauvin, Sylvie Cazes buys her first vineyard in the Right Bank. According to Sylvie Cazes, the St. Emilion property was purchased for her family, which includes her three children, Pierre Regimbeau, Francois Regimbeau and Julie Regimbeau. If the name Sylvie Cazes seems familiar, that is b [...]