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Sweet Wines, First and Foremost, Are Wines

I’d like to point out the obvious: sweet wines are wines, too. I had this brilliant thought while attending Wine & Spirits “Top of the List” event. I tasted a breadth of excellent wines from all over the globe, but a sample of the Domaine des Baumard Quarts du Chaume stood out. It’s a Loire Valley wine [More]

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The New Best $15 Pinot Noir

Probably/definitely blasphemous, but I liken the task of finding a Pinot Noir 15 bucks or less to that of the quest for the Holy Grail. So when I picked up a bottle of Les Deux Moulins Pinot from the Loire Valley, I had a bit of trepidation. Though I was cautiously optimistic, because I had [More]

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Aged Muscadet: A Surprising Loire Valley Wine

Maybe Loire Valley wine isn’t at the top of your list when it comes to aged wine from France. Though certainly there are plenty of sweet white wines from the Loire that can last for decades, if not decades after you’re in the ground. (Sorry to be morbid.) But Muscadet, the dry, bracing white wine [More]

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A Loire Valley Rosé and Red Summer Wine Bargain

I’ve been a fan of everything from France’s Loire Valley for quite a while, but two co-op wines sampled at a recent tasting put on by the Loire Valley Wine Bureau were standouts that will slake your thirst for a one-two summer wine bargain punch: 2011 Cave Cooperative du Vendômois Coteaux de Vendômois Lieu-dit* Cocagne 2010 [More]

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