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Sneak Preview Wine of the Week: Champagne Lenoble, Cuvée Intense

When the political philosopher Thomas Hobbes described life in a state of nature as “nasty, brutish and short,” he was probably drinking some cheap imitation sparkling wine. He obviously wasn’t referring to Champagne, and certainly not the Champagne Lenoble Cuvée … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview Wine of the Week: A Châteauneuf wannabe

My Sneak Preview Wine of the Week is the stunningly good single-vineyard Côtes-du-Rhône “Montueil-la-Levade” 2009 produced by Clos du Mont-Olivet ($15), which I give three stars (“Exceptional”) in this coming Wednesday’s Washington Post Food section. Châteauneuf-du-Pape lovers, take note: This … Continue reading

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Sneak Preview Wine of the Week: A wild, cheap Thanksgiving wine!

Here is my Sneak Preview Wine of the Week, when I give you a heads-up about a recommendation to be published this coming Wednesday in my Washington Post wine column. This week’s sneak is one of the most unusual and … Continue reading

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Parker: Will Bordeaux alienate the U.S. market?

A roundup of recent news from the world of wine: * Bordeaux is in the throes of its annual frenzy of futures (or en primeur) sales as chateaux, buoyed by rave reviews from journalists, release the prices for their 2010s. … Continue reading

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Bobby Kacher – Dean of the DC Importers

The Washington, D.C., region is a very fun and active market for wine consumers, especially for those of us interested in imported wines. There is a vibrant cadre of wine importers serving this market, enough to keep wine lovers turning … Continue reading

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Chablis: The Ultimate in Unoaked Chardonnay

I consider myself part of the Anything But Chardonnay crowd – at least, until I taste one I really love. Lately I’ve tasted several from Chablis that make me think of converting to the Chardonnay side of the aisle. These … Continue reading

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Chardonnay – Yes, Chardonnay! – for Summer …

In the summer heat, we often say ixnay to the chardonnay, preferring lighter, more acidic white wines. But we shouldn’t reject chardonnay altogether. This week and next, in my Washington Post wine columns, I recommend some terrific chardonnays for summer … Continue reading

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Two Voices of Pinot Noir

I suffered cognitive dissonance a few weeks ago over pinot noir. I lunched on Monday with Richard Sanford at his Alma Rosa Winery in Santa Barbara County over beef stew and his 2006 and 2007 La Encantada Vineyard pinot. He … Continue reading

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Sweet Endings for 2009

Earlier this month I wrote two columns for The Washington Post recommending sparkling wines for the holidays – one on wines above $30, the other for more budget-conscious revelers. All the wines were dry. That led one frustrated reader to … Continue reading

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Champagne Outside the Envelope

Champagne is too expensive to be an everyday tipple, much as many of us might want to enjoy it on a daily basis. Rather, ít’s a special occasion wine, and this often leads us to rely on familiar brand names … Continue reading

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