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Posts Tagged ‘ sauternes ’

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Bordeaux En Primeur 2013: Experiencing Chateau LaFaurie-Peyraguey

“Welcome!” says amiable, dark-haired Eric Larramona, appearing beside the magical gate of Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey. M. Larramona oversees the vineyards at this magical first growth Sauternes estate with its varietal of terroirs. It is my third visit to this historic estate, and my first time with a room that has a bathtub overlooking the vineyards. The […]



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Dry First Growth Sauternes Launch from Chateau Coutet

“I think that the Opalie de Château Coutet 2010 would pair great with the crudo,” Aline Baly, co-owner and media rep of the family owned Chateau Coutet tells me, famed for their first growth Sauternes. “And for the main course, let’s try the 1995 vintage of Ch Coutet (the sweet style) as the new vintages […]



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Experiencing Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey in Sauternes

…ah, the Bordeaux airport! I have just arrived via an eight hour layover in Madrid and am adjusting from Spanish to French. Sebastian , a smartly attired driver in a black suit suit awaits me with a sign. A wonderful feeling to see “D’Vari” printed on a placard after a 2o hour journey that began […]



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Master Class: des Crus Classes de Sauternes & Barsac

. So what fun to attend the special VinExpo “Master Class” on pairing Sauternes with Chinese food. I was very excited to attend for two key reasons: First, I won an AXA scholarship for my ideas on the subject, and second, a benefit of the scholarship was a day at AXA property Chateau Suduiraut picking […]



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Visiting Chateau Nairac: The 2010 Vintage

Adele “What a fabulous wine to enjoy as an aperitif!” I exclaim, sipping 2006 Esquisse, a new brand from the 2nd growth Chateau Nairac. It’s not a second wine, exactly, which is the traditional name for a cuvee that does not meat the standards of the singular “great wine” from a classed growth Chateau.   […]



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Making Icewine 101 at Inniskillin Winery in Canada

   …. so if you have seen a picture of me picking botrytized grapes in Tokaji (Hungary) and Sauternes (France) you now can imagine how different it its to pick frozen grapes in the middle of winter, in the midst of a blizzard! The grapes have a net around them to protect them from birds. […]



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Visiting Chateau Suduiraut

VisitingChateau Suduiraut Today we visited the AXA Chataeu Suduiraut property in Sauternes, escorted by the lively Corinne . We were met by the very affable Pierre Montegut, the technical director, and from that moment it was clear the day would be very enjoyable. The Vineyard of Chateau Suduiraut “Here are shears – now we cut!” […]



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Exploring Sauternes & Barsac

Sauturnes … yummy! Luscious, sweet white wines with exotic, upscale Indian cuisine – who would have imagined it? When I received the invitation to attend a Cru Classes tasting of Sauternes and Barsac (both sweet white wine appellations in Bordeaux, France) with a lunch to follow, I already knew what to expect to eat. We’d […]



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Exploring Sauternes & Barsac

Sauturnes … yummy! Luscious, sweet white wines with exotic, upscale Indian cuisine – who would have imagined it? When I received the invitation to attend a Cru Classes tasting of Sauternes and Barsac (both sweet white wine appellations in Bordeaux, France) with a lunch to follow, I already knew what to expect to eat. We’d […]



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Exploring Chateau Guiraud

Didier Galhaud, tall, dark, and slim, meets me at Chateau Guiraud in the Sauternes district of Bordeaux, and escorts me around the First Grand Cru Classe wine property, known for the spectacular sweet wine called Sauternes. Grey mist swirls around…



Chateau Guiraud’s Sweet Sauternes

Didier Galhaud, tall, dark, and slim, meets me at Chateau Guiraud in the Sauternes district of Bordeaux, and escorts me around the First Grand Cru Classe wine property, known for the spectacular sweet wine called Sauternes. Grey mist swirls around…



Chateau Guiraud's Sweeet Sauternes

Didier Galhaud, tall, dark, and slim, meets me at Chateau Guiraud in the Sauternes district of Bordeaux, and escorts me around the First Grand Cru Classe wine property, known for the spectacular sweet wine called Sauternes. Grey mist swirls around…