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Review: Three Paul Mas Wines

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.paulmas.com/index-fr.php Most wine lovers know of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone but France’s Languedoc region hasn’t been too high on the radar for many. Located in the southeast portion of the country, it grows some fabulous grapes under the Languedoc AOC body there. If you enjoy old-world-style wines at new-world prices, then […]

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Review: 2010 Chateau De Sours Red Wine

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.chateaudesours.com/ Price: $15 Chateau De Sours is a winery that’s located to the southwest of Libourne and Pomerol – facing towards St. Emilion – and has been producing wine for over 200 years. To say they have a long pedigree in making quality wines hardly scratches the surface. On the nose: […]

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2010 Chateau De Goelane Bordeaux Supérieur- Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: www.chateau-goelane.com I’ve had the opportunity over the past several years to taste through quite a number of French wines and am delighted to see the Bordeaux region making strides in its quality-to-price ratio. This gem comes to us at a very reasonable price of $13 and would make  a nice supplement […]

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2010 Simonne Febvre Chablis – Review

By Duane Pemberton The word, Chablis, invokes thoughts of wonderful, lively white wines that have become a gold-standard for quality the world over. This region, located in the northernmost part of Burgundy, thrives on producing Chardonnay that many have come to think of as the best in the world so it was with a lot […]

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2010 Louis Latour Bourgogne Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website:  http://www.louislatour.com Louris Latour is a world-renowned producer from the Burgundy region of France and has a pedigree of offering-up wines that are terroir-driven, yet are very affordable.   Technical Data: Region: Mostly Côte d’Or Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir Fermentation: Open vat fermentation Aging: 12 months in oak barrels Soil type: […]

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2011 Ormarine Picpoul De Pinet – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.cave-ormarine.com Located in southern France, the e Picpoul de Pinet Appellation is starting to get some more attention here in the USA – this little number is a dead-ringer for the money. It’s a Picpoul grape – one that you should really take seek out for your next tasting adventure. Tech […]

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2009 The Seeker Colette Bourgogne Pinot Noir – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://theseekerwines.com/ Kobrand importers, out of New York City, is behind this wine label dubbed “The Seeker” – it’s mission is to locate wines from all over the globe that exhibit best-of-value for their respective varietal. Additionally, they go to various areas that have a reputation for doing the best-job with […]

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2003 Château Simard Bordeaux – Review

By Duane Pemberton Price: $22 Not too many people get the chance to try slightly older vintages of Bordeaux and that’s unfortunate as the wines from that region of France tend to age very gracefully and pair extremely well with food. No, they don’t tend to be fruit-bombs and yes you may have to adjust […]

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2009 Louis Michel and Fils Chablis Premier Cru Forets – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website:  www.louismicheletfils.com/ The northern most part of Burgundy is known as the Chablis region – it produces dry, white wines that are widely considered to be some of the best in the world. Louis Michel and Fils’s 2009 Premier Cru is a Chardonnay-based wine that does an admirable job of showcasing that […]

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2009 Vincent & Sophie Morey Santenay Passetemps 1er Cru – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.morey-vins.com/ Price: $39 For those who haven’t had the chance to try a white Burgundy, you really are missing out in so many ways. In fact, I feel that, for too long now, the American palate at large has been somewhat homogenized to what’s possible with Chardonnay. In this country […]

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2010 Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website:  http://www.matrot.com/ I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most well-versed with it comes to Burgundy wines but I can tell you that it was a “white Burgundy” that I had a few months ago that was not only the single-best bottle of wine I’ve ever had, it […]

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Perrier Jouet Champagne Grand Brut – Review

By Duane Pemberton Winery website: http://www.perrier-jouet.com Price: $50 Perrier Jouet is a classic producer of Champagne that was founded in 1811 by Pierre-Nicolas-Marie. It now produces over 3 million bottles annually and is enjoyed around the world. In this review, I take a look at its Grand Brut style bubbly: Nose: I get a good amount […]

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Bringing W.E.P. in Bordeaux

Like most consumers, I am all about products I pay for being worth every penny and for the longest time, in wine, that has been best demonstrated by Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Chile. Areas like Washington State in the USA are close, but not quite there yet. Tonight, I had the luxury of participating in […]

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2007 Chateau Sainte Marie Reserve Bordeaux

By Duane Pemberton For me, it’s always a good time to enjoy a hearty red – especially one that’s well made and even better if it’s priced appropriately. While many of us look to regions like Spain, Portugal, Argentina and Chile for good values, France has been “listening” to the market as well and thankfully […]

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A pair of 2007 Hugel Whites

Wine drinkers from around the world love the whites from the Alsace region of France due to the rather unique character and depth-of-flavor they have. Many regions try and copy them but they’re never truly equaled – Alsace’s terroir and history help that region produce some of the most complex white wines you’ll find anywhere […]

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Pinot Noir – Burgundy vs. California

No doubt, the movie Sideways did a lot to bolster the sales of Pinot a few years ago and while I’m not at all a fan of the movie’s impact on wine sales (it shows we as a culture are too easily talked into what to drink), I do like a good pinot. To wine […]

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A pair of 2007 Whites from Loire Valley France

For many wine drinkers, the Loire Valley region of France holds a special place on their palette as it has a history steeped in churning out wines that are truly world-class and very unique to that region. Like many parts of the “old world”, Loire Valley wineries started off as small, family-owned business – many […]

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Old-school Burgundy Wine Cellar pics

Our friend, Dan Snyder, was kind enough to share these pictures he took on a recent trip to France – this is an old wine cellar of Domaine Trapet – located in the Burgundy region.

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A pair of affordable Alsace Rieslings

All to many “New World” wine drinkers have never heard of the gorgeous Alsace region of France which started making world-class wines long before the United States was even a pipe-dream. To this day, it still offers up some of the more interesting white wines you’ll find anywhere in the world. If you like lots […]

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2005 Bordeaux – 4-way Shootout

There’s a huge following of the 2005 vintage for Bordeaux wines – the likes of which hasn’t been seen in quite a long time. There are literally opportunists out there who are snatching up the 2005 vintage for the sole purpose of banking on the fact the value of wines from this year will rise […]

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