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Welcome to my wine blog. This wine diary will take you on a journey of wine discovery – wine tasting – visits to wine areas and wineries – trade tastings – pairing the perfect wine and food – dining and party wine reviews. I am pleased to have you along!

Christmas Dinner Wine Pairings

Holidays celebrations just cry out for that perfect Christmas dinner wine pairing. Christmas is a time when you as a host really care to make your family and friends sublimely happy with your meal. Luckily, most standard Christmas dinner fare pair exceedingly well...

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Affordable Wines in the Top 100

The 2019 Top 100 Wines have been selected by “Wine Spectator” magazine. A panel of editors and tasting experts reviewed more than 15,000 new releases to determine which of these would score from 90 – 100 points based upon their quality, availability, and “back story”...

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Divine Wines

Controlled by the Dept. of Justice – Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, the sale of wine in the United States has been treated like a sinister habit since the end of Prohibition in 1933. But the origins of wine, which can be traced back over 10,000 years tell us a different...

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Great Grapes – Garnacha Tinta/Grenache Noir

Granacha is the world’s most widely planted grape, originating in Spain, it was commonly used as part of a blend to add higher alcohol levels to the wine. It’s history as a ‘bulk’ or ‘junk’ grape did not stop the propagation to many other parts of the wine growing...

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Beaujolais Nouveau is Coming

About to appear prominently in wine shops across America is the annual allotment of a wine called Beaujolais Nouveau. Retailing for $8 - $12 per bottle, these wines are released annually on the 3rd Thursday of November – national Beaujolais Nouveau Day in France.  ...

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Gruet Winery

Visit to Gruet Winery, Albuquerque, NM Gilbert Gruet, founder of Gruet Winery, was born in Bethon, France in 1931 and founded the Union Vinicole des Coteaux de Bethon in 1952, to follow his dream to produce fine quality Champagne. In 1983, the Gruet Family traveled...

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Germany – Late Harvest Wines By Accident

Late Harvest Wines by Accident Some of the very finest Riesling wines produced in Germany are labeled ‘Spätlese’ (meaning late harvest) which, as in many cases of wine making styles, happened by accident. In 1775 the first vintage of Spätlese occurred when the...

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Gamay the Illegal Grape

Originating in the town of Gamay, located in the Cote d’Or, Burgundy, the Gamay grape is a cross between Pinot Noir and the little known white grape Gouais that dates back to around 1360. Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy issued the edict of 1395 banning that most...

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