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Backyard winemaking in Russia


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Tea farm (Taiwan)


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Gu Jing-Ran standing near his tea plants Beipu, Taiwan Sorry for this delay from my last story, this one will move away a bit from the central topic of wine, but you’ll see that there are many issues in here…

Pineau François 1ER Wines


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Pineau François 1ER

While at the APVSA wine tasting for importers and media, we  discovered and tasted two Pineau wines. Pineau wines are produced with a blend of grape juice and Cognac eau-de-vie. Frequently, the result is a wine that has fresh fruit notes. Pineau wines were first developed quite by accident in the late 1500s when someone added grape must to a partial barrel of Cognac eau-de-vie. When the Cognac barrel was opened, the taste was memorable and so the tradition of producing Pineaus began. Pineau wines are unique wines in a specific AOC  of France, Appellation Pineau des Charentes Contrôlée.

The first Pineau François 1ER Pineaus were produced during the 1930s by Gaston Rivière. Today Philippe G. Rivière continues the tradition of producing Pineaus using age-old methods that include using wood and coal for heating the distilling equipment.

Pineau François 1ER

The Pineau François 1ER  

Wine Tasting of Bordeaux Wines from Château des Milles Anges


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Château des Mille Anges red wine

At the APVSA wine tasting in Washington, I enjoyed sampling a couple of wines from Château des Milles Anges. The property is located in the Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux AOC. According to the unique wine bottle label, the Château des Mille Anges is referred to as the “House of a thousand angels.”

Red Wines

The Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux St. Germande Graves 2012 was was a red wine that retails for 9 euros. The wine was a light opaque red/purple color. The wine was light bodied with bold tannins. This dry wine offered dark fruit notes.

The AOC Cadillac Cotes de Bordeaux Mozart 2012 was a translucent dark purple with red color. This wine was full bodied with dark red fruit notes that reminded one of black cherries and blackberries. The aftertaste was long and tannins were on the finish.

Since purchasing the …

Domaine Collet Champagne Tasting in Washington DC


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Florent Collet pours the Empreinte de Terroir Brut.

Domaine Collet is in the Côte de Sézanne area of Champagne. Prior to the 1960’s a small vineyard was tended and the grapes were used to make wine for the family.  During the 1960s, the family planted more vines and grapes were sold. By 1973, the family decided to make their own champagne through a cooperative. In 2000, sales were brisk and two years later the family decided to control the entire process of producing champagne from the vine to the bottle. Now, the champagne house is under the leadership of three brothers, Vincent, Thomas and Florent. Their father, René founded the current business in 1973 and adds his knowledge and experience to the production.

We tasted several of the champagnes during the APVSA tasting in Washington DC in January of 2019. Florent presented the champagnes and we were able …

APVSA Wine Tasting Tour Starts Today


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APVSA wine tasting

Each year, the APVSA (Association for the Promotion of Wines and Spirits in North America) offers wine tastings throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. These wine tastings are usually geared towards importers with some wine writers included. During the current wine tour, WINE’TER IS COMING, which started today in New York will continue on through 11 more major cities in North America.

In recent years the majority of wineries taking part in the wine tastings are located in France. APVSA seeks to locate small, relatively unknown wineries that are producing quality wines. These wineries are seeking to locate importers in order that their wines can be exported to the United States, Mexico and Canada.

The APVSA provides wine tastings in several large US cities. In 2019 the APVSA is hosting wine tastings in:

  • New York: January 15
  • Washington, DC: January 16
  • Atlanta: January 17
  • Miami: …

Rebecca Yeh, wine importer (Taiwan)


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Paris wine bar : L’Amitié Rit (Montreuil)


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The counter on a tasting day Montreuil, just outside Paris There is no shortage of bars and bistrots in Paris in the matter of natural wine but exploring the close suburbs on the other side of the périphérique (the hellish…

Carole Kohler (Loire)


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Carole Kohler with her young Chenin Thouars, southern Loire This story takes place just outside of Thouars, a small town located some 35 kilometers south of Saumur, and I visited Carole early november after having heard about her through family…

François Saint-Lô (Loire)


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François Saint-Lô in his cellar Berrie, Vienne (Loire) I think that François Saint-Lô was discovered at the Dive in 2013 (see the list of vignerons here), from what I heard he just popped up out of nowhere and people were…

Vin Primeur 2018 at Caves Augé


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Alex Foillard filling bottles Caves Augé, Paris Another Primeur and Beaujolais-Nouveau day in Paris, this time I just had time to really go the the usual bottling-tasting of Nouveau at Caves Augé in Paris before going to work. The iconic…

Anne Paillet (Pic-Saint-Loup/Loire)


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Anne Paillet with Gregory Leclerc Chargé, Indre-et-Loire (Loire) There are winemakers who make a difference when there’s a gathering of winemakers for a tasting event or a wine fair, the mood will be more eccentric and the vibe wilder if…

Alma Vitis, a White Wine from Portugal


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Alma Vitis, white wine in Portugal

On a pleasant, sunlit afternoon, we opened a bottle of Alma Vitis wine from Portugal. This particular Alma Vitis white wine was a gift from the mayor of a town in the Torres Vedras DOC region. Our wine tour, e-Spain by Ángel Moretón, had stopped at three small wineries in the Torres Vedras DOC region and we were pleased to meet Carlos Manuel Antunes Bernardes, mayor of Torres Vedras. After our wine tasting at Quinta da Folgorosawe returned to our large tour bus and were pleasantly surprised to realize that we had been gifted with a Alma Vitis white wine.

The Alma Vitis wine was 13.5% alcohol. The color of the wine was a pale yellow with a green hue. The wine aroma was light and delicate with tropical fruit notes including grapefruit and hints of pineapple.  The taste included …

Jérôme Lambert (Loire)


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Jérôme Lambert in this chai Champs-sur-Layon, Anjou (Loire) We’re here in Anjou south of Angers, another hot area for natural wine. Jérome Lambert was a salesman in his former life and he began spending time in the vineyards and make…

Les Jardins de Theseiis (Loire)


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Lisanne van Son & Benjamin Serer (Loire)


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Major Levente, Matra (Hungary)


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Levente in his cellar Abasár, Matra (Hungary) Levente (given names follow the family names in Hungary) is part of a vibrant group of young winemakers who give a new impetus to the small wine region of Matra, a hilly area…

Christian & Nadia Charmasson (Rhone)


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Christian & Nadia Charmasson Tavel, Rhone valley Nadia and Christian Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussières are making wine in Tavel in the southern Rhône but don’t look for the Tavel wines found in the supermarkets for analogy because they work…

Ordinaire, Oakland (California)


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Vibrant crowd in the afternoon Oakland, California Last but not the least of my U.S. stories – While located in Oakland on the other side of the Oakland-Bay Bridge, Ordinaire can be considered as one of the prominent wine bars/shops…