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Blandy’s Madeira … All Year Long!

It’s true that many people around the world use the holiday season as an “excuse” to break out the Madeira. Yet why should this be the case? Madeira is one… More »

Bervini Sparklers for the Holidays

Italy has many regions famous for sparkling wine. One of the largest areas is that of Friuli Venezia Giulia, a gorgeous region of extreme historical importance as it was a… More »

Domain Singla

Meeting Laurent de Bescombes of Domaine Singla

It was such a pleasure to meet the dynamic young M. Laurent de Bescombes of Domaine Singla, who came to the Conseil Interprofessional des Vins du Roussillon (CIVR) office to… More »

Domaine Serre-Romani

Visiting Domaine Serre Romani in Espira de l’Agly

The last visit of the day was at a lovely property called Domaine Serre Romani, founded by the energetic Laurent and Cylia Pratx, who met during their studies as agronomists… More »

Domaine Pouderoux

Visiting Domaine Pouderoux

I was looking forward to an excursion into Maury to visit Domaine Pouderoux, an estate established in 1826. Maury is a part of the Roussillon world famous for its fortified wine… More »

Mas Amiel

Visit to Mas Amiel in the Roussillon

The opportunity to visit Mas Amiel has always been a top priority in my wine education. Like many other students in the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) educational program,… More »

Don Brial

Visiting the Don Brial Cooperative in the Roussillon

It was a pleasure to meet the enthusiastic Jean-Claude Pedrol, a high ranking official at the Dom Brial cooperative in the Roussillon. With 250 growers, it is one of the… More »


Record Sales at Hospices de Beaune 2017

A very exciting auction at the Hospices de Beaune 2017, which raised a record 13.5 million euros for charity. The bidding frenzy was fast and furious, fueled on by the… More »

La Paulee Meursault 2017

La Paulee Meursault 2017

What a special treat to be invited to the 2017 La Paulee Meursault, a fabulous event that is part of the “Les Trois Glorieuses” events occurring in tandem with the… More »

Tasting Notes November 22, 2017

Albarino from Rias Baixas is a great choice to pair with lighter dishes for the holidays, or any day of the year. Sommeliers love the wine because of its crisp,… More »

Sous-Bois Wine & Truffles at Boucard Aine & Fils

What a fun and delicious event at Bouchard Aine & Fils during Hospices de Beaune weekend! Lots of delicious wine that was specially paired with gourmet bites in a special… More »

Visiting Chateau de Corneilla

One of the most unusual meetings of our week of visits was with the fascinating Jonqueres d’Oriola (Jon), who lives in an actual castle with his wife and extended family.… More »

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