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2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Speciale Wines With Philippe Cambie

Make no mistake, 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape is a great vintage for the region! Is it best vintage for the Southern Rhone of all time? Perhaps that is a reasonable conclusion. Before arriving at that point, it’s important to consider what goes into making a great vintage. Having tasted more than 100 different 2010 Ch [...]

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tradition and Classique Wines

I'm not exactly late to the party. We published an article extolling the virtues of 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape back in March, 2012. However, that article was based on a small sample base. Until recently, I was not fully aware of how great 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape wines really are. That is no longer the case. Following an [...]

Bordeaux Wine Tasting in London at Ledbury, on the way to Bordeaux

Arriving in Europe Friday afternoon, I was a bit tired. I have friends that tell me, they sleep well on flights.  Quoting Bob Dylan; “That ain’t me babe”.  I write or read.  I look forward to watching a film I missed in the theaters.  From time to time, a familiar rerun works for me as well.  Some flights have [...]

2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Tasting Notes, Ripe, Rich, Powerful, Stylish

Chateauneuf du Pape continues to enjoy an embarrassment of riches in an almost non-stop parade of strong vintages. Think about it and look back on the previous decade. 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 have all produced from good to great Chateauneuf du Pape wines. 2002 remains the only disaster in [...]

1985 Guigal La Turque, When a Wine Leaves You Speechless

Most wines you taste or enjoy with dinner. Afterall, that is the purpose of wine. But every now and then, a wine lover experiences a wine that is so profound, they are stopped in their tracks and left speechless by what they have in their glass. . I've been lucky to have experienced so many great wines over the past sever [...]

Chateauneuf du Pape International Grenache Day Celebration

[caption id="attachment_17736" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Chateauneuf du Pape to celebrate International Grenache Day"][/caption]   I am often a day late. I've been a dollar short at times as well.  Sometimes both occur on the same day. But when International Grenache Day hits, I love celebrating all t [...]

Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone Wines in London at The Ledbury

  Chateauneuf du Pape Rhone wines at London’s The Ledbury was perfect for the occasion.  When traveling to Bordeaux for the purpose of tasting up to 500 different barrel samples of the new 2010 Bordeaux wine vintage, spending a night in London, sharing an evening of Chateauneuf du Pape with friends adds the perfec [...]