bastille day finds
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bastille day finds

We all know the famous regions, but on this Bastille Day (July 14) let’s celebrate some lesser known regions in France.  Camargue: Near Arles, the terroir here is sandy which helped them avoid the pest phylloxera which scourged most other regions. Pre-phylloxera Grenache vines. Try the salmon-tinted, peachy Pink Flamingo Gris Rosé. $14  Ventoux: East of the Rhône Valley, it gets some … Continue reading

june values & splurges
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june values & splurges

We’re still recommending some great values and splurges for whatever summer needs arise at every price point! valuesJean Luc Colombo Les Abeilles: This white Côtes du Rhône (80% Clairette and 20% Roussanne) has notes of apple blossoms and tangy yellow apple. And for every bottle purchased, the Colombo family, life-long beekeepers and grape growers, makes a donation to the … Continue reading

chardonnay day around the world
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chardonnay day around the world

There are so many Chardonnays to explore beyond big oaky ones. I tasted around the globe for May 27’s Chardonnay Day and found some really interesting ones!  Stellenbosch, South Africa: Tokara Reserve Chardonnay 2018White florals and pungent citrus notes. We had this with some Nigerian chicken and coconut rice – delicious! $26 Kosovo: Stone Castle 2018Owner Rrustem Gecaj left … Continue reading

champagne fridays in may
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champagne fridays in may

Yep, still happening. Grab these great Champagnes to celebrate getting through another pandemic week! Laurent Perrier Brut La Cuvée: This is probably my favorite Champagne in this price range (and frankly even compared to other price ranges). Has such great apple fruit balanced with a hint of lime, and the bubbles are perfect. $45 Leclerc Briant: LOVE … Continue reading

sip your apple
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sip your apple

I did a winter binge pairing post a while ago, where I included pairings for Ted Lasso, Tehran, and Losing Alice. Since then I’ve gone even deeper into Apple TV and just went on We Have Notes, the definitive podcast for the pop culture obsessed, to debate our favorite series (and tell the hilarious story of when we went … Continue reading

may values & splurges
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may values & splurges

We’re still spending more time at home, so still need our weekday affordable and our splurge wines to celebrate the bigger moments (even if that’s just now Saturday).  values Achaval Ferrer Malbec: Muscular black plum and black pepper but with soft tannins as far as malbecs go. Great with homemade empanadas! $19.99 Ferzo Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: Can’t … Continue reading