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Red Obsession: A Conversation about Bordeaux, China, and Culture

I intended this post to be a review of the documentary RED OBSESSION (and one will be forthcoming). It concerns one of the most talked-about topics in the wine business: the rise of China in the international market and its penchant for top-flight Bordeaux. These wines cost thousands of dollars per bottle, and are being [More]

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A Wine Tour of Bordeaux via Instagram

Created with flickr slideshow.Hey do you want to see 137 pictures from my wine tour of Bordeaux? I didn’t think so. So here’s a slide show of only 18, with all of the photos filtered via Instagram. I figured it would be a fun way to cull the herd down to a manageable amount that [More]

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What Do You Call An 18 Liter Bottle of Wine?

Of all the things I learned in Bordeaux, none was more important than what you call an 18 liter bottle of wine. 0

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The Tiniest of Shrimp with Star Anise and White Bordeaux

Nothing cures jet lag like a glass of White Bordeaux and a bowlful of very, very tiny shrimp with star anise. My first afternoon in Bordeaux on a media trip sponsored by Planet Bordeaux was spent gathered round a kitchen counter at Chateau Saint Barbe. It sits a (literal) stone’s throw from the Garrone river: [More]

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To Bordeaux: Wine, Markets, Bicycling, and Boat Rides

I’m leaving shortly on a media trip to Bordeaux sponsored by Planet Bordeaux (the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur Vintners’ Association). This will mark my first time in Bordeaux, home of arguably the most famous, collectible, and valuable wines in the world. But this is just a fraction of the wine produced in Bordeaux. I’m looking [More]

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Checking in on the 2000 Chasse-Spleen Bordeaux

I had forgotten about a bottle of the 2000 Chasse-Spleen Bordeaux I had squirreled away at my Mom’s house in Reno. (Thanks, Mom!) It was my most successful find from a day of scavenging liquor stores in Reno for overlooked gems. Probably the first thing you’re thinking is, “Why is there spleen in my wine?” [More]

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French Rosé in Winter

Ah, nothing like being on the patio in the summer sun, enjoying a fine French Rosé. But it’s the middle of winter. Should you banish all thoughts of drinking these delightfully dry wines until the temperature rises to sweat-inducing levels? Never! If pork, turkey, chicken, seafood, and/or vegetables recently graced your table, odds are that [More]

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2005 Bordeaux: Believe The Hype

I kinda rolled my eyes when 2005 was proclaimed the best vintage ever in Bordeaux. Especially after saying the 2003 was the best ever, and the 2000 before that. Jesus! Three of the best vintages ever in the space of 5 years! It just sounded like greed to me. But after drinking 2005s from $15 [More]

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