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Enjoying Wine and Food from Alsace, with a Side of Philosophy

With a beautiful golden guinea fowl in front of me and drinking wines that were inviting yet never over-zealous, I sat there taking it all in… the charming bistro of Le Coq Rico and the enchanting sounds of conversations in … Continue reading

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What Qualities make a Great Older Wine?

Various research companies have estimated that up to 90% of wine purchased in the US is consumed within 24 hours. Of course, this could range between 70-90% depending on different factors – many people may purchase a significant amount of … Continue reading

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Alsace Challenges Our Ideas about Riesling

Many years ago, when I was first learning about Alsace (region in North East corner of France), I learned three things: there are lots of different soil types, various grape varieties and mainly produce single variety wines. And I learned, … Continue reading

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French-style regulation of yield, site, grape variety and other factors do more harm than good.

Viticultural devastations during the second half of the 1800s in France, such as phylloxera, made fine wines scarce and adulteration and fraud more prevalent. This spurred the creation of french-style regulation of yield, site and grape variety to bring these … Continue reading

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