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2012 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition Regular Cuvees Already Showing Well

2012 Chateauneuf is a good, but not great vintage. The style of wines however, is a turn on. They are not massive, super ripe, highly alcoholic or intensely tannic, concentrated wines. Instead, they are lush, elegant charmers with good color that will drink well young. There is a freshness and purity in the fruit that r [...]

2014 Bordeaux Harvest for the White Wine Grapes has Officially Started

The 2014 Bordeaux vintage is off and running. The 2014 Bordeaux harvest officially started September 1 for the white Bordeaux wine grapes in Pessac Leognan, Entre Deux Mers and in other appellations as well. The start for the 2014 Bordeaux harvest for the red wine grapes is still three to four 4 weeks away. As of today, t [...]

Bordeaux News Alain Vautheir of Chateau Ausone buys Chateau La Clotte

In a bit of breaking Bordeaux news, shortly before the 2014 Bordeaux harvest is set to hit full speed, it was announced that Alain Vautheir, best known as the owner of Chateau Ausone, along with Pauline Vauthier added to their portfolio of St. Emilion wineries with the addition of Chateau La Clotte. Alain Vauthier and hi [...]

Jacques Boissenot the Famous Medoc Consultant dies at 75 Years of Age

We have sad news to report. The famous Bordeaux consultant Jacques Boissenot passed away at 75 years of age. While Jacques Boissenot, his son Eric, and their company Laboratoire Oenologique Boissenot were the busiest people I know of in the Medoc, if not in all of Bordeaux, they also were extremely discreet about their ef [...]

Drink Napa Wine for International Cabernet Sauvignon Day 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the world’s most important red wine grape. Of course it grows all over the world. But for August 30, International Cabernet Sauvignon Day 2014, I am asking everyone to please drink Napa and show your support for the wine region which was struck by a devastating earthquake just a few days a [...]

2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines

I have a confession to make. I’m an unabashed lover of Chateauneuf du Pape. There, I said it. And I am proud of it! If you’re also a fan of wines from the Southern Rhone Valley, you’re in luck. With the exception of 2002, it’s been really difficult to find a vintage from the last several years that has not produc [...]

Napa Valley Slammed by a Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake

The Napa Valley in California was slammed by a 6.0 magnitude earthquake at 3:20am Saturday morning. For residents of California, we are sort of used to earthquakes. But a magnitude of 6.0 is scary. The last time the Napa Valley was slammed by an earthquake close to that size was in 1989 when an even stronger earthquake d [...]