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We're huge in Denmark!

Well, we recently had a visit from Danish wine-lover and winewriter, Mads Jordansen, who said he loved the store and asked permission to take some pictures.  And now he sent us this link to an article they published in Denmark about our shop!  Thanks Mads -- we're ready for the Danish Invasion!
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You can find that wine!  Here's how to get your hands on the New York Times top wine picks

You can find that wine! Here's how to get your hands on the New York Times top wine picks

Eric Asimov, writing in the New York Times, gave us a super shout-out when he declared that we are one of the “great New York City wine shops,” and one of the rare wine stores in America where you can actually find the wines that he recommends in the New York Times.
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Cru Beaujolais: Focus on Chiroubles

Cru Beaujolais: Focus on Chiroubles

Regnie and Chiroubles have a couple of things in common. They both border Morgon, but, unlike their famous neighbor, they are considered among the lightest and most forward-drinking of the 10 Crus.
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Cru Beaujolais: Focus on Cote de Brouilly and Brouilly

Cru Beaujolais: Focus on Cote de Brouilly and Brouilly

We deal with two AOCs in one focus this time because, as the names suggest, these are two Crus that really ought to be discussed together. The most important distinction between the two Crus is in the names themselves: Brouilly is on the flatland; Cote de Brouilly is on the adjacent "Cote," or slope. If you know anything about wine, you can guess which produces the more interesting wine. While Brouilly produces fun, light, fruity juice for drinking young, often out of a jug at a simple bistro in Paris, while Cote de Brouilly makes serious wine. Both Brouilly and the Cote de Brouilly have similar soils — a mix of granite, clay, and limestone — so really we have a natural experiment that proves conclusively that the superior drainage and exposure offered by a cote results in better wine.
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Cru Beaujolais: Focus on Julienas

Cru Beaujolais: Focus on Julienas

If Julienas sounds a bit like Julius Caesar, it’s because they were actually making wine here 2000 years ago and Julius did in fact give the AOC its name (as well the name of its principal village, also Julienas, and another village in the AOC, Jullie).  When I learn stuff like that it gives me great hope that quality wine production will continue in the great vineyards of France despite climate change. 
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Top Ten Wine Regions to Watch

Top Ten Wine Regions to Watch

Ribeira Sacra, Alto Piemonte, and the tastiest, trendiest wines in the world.

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Cru Beaujolais: Focus on Fleurie

Cru Beaujolais: Focus on Fleurie

Fleurie may lack the blockbusters that Moulin-a-Vent can produce, and it may not have the same league of famous producers that you find in Morgon, but some believe that Fleurie’s terroir is the finest, and that it is capable of producing the most elegant wines of Beaujolais.  It may not be the “king” of Beaujolais – that would be Moulin-a-Vent – but you can certainly call it the “queen.”

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Dispatch: Bartolo Mascarello (Maria Theresa)

Dispatch: Bartolo Mascarello (Maria Theresa)

Having the opportunity taste at Bartolo Mascarello was one of the great honors of my life. I have been in love with the wines since my first bottle of 1996 Barolo at Babbo for I think, my 26th birthday. 
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Dispatch: Cavallotto

Dispatch: Cavallotto

The vineyards of Barolo are impossibly beautiful.  My first morning, I woke up to the legendary fog that gives the local Nebbiolo grape its namesake.
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Cru Beaujolais: Focus on Morgon

Cru Beaujolais: Focus on Morgon

Morgon is blessed with a greater number of quality producers than any of the other Crus.
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Dispatch: Bastille Day Chez Lapierre

Dispatch: Bastille Day Chez Lapierre

Apologies for the lack of dispatches. I am back in Amsterdam for at least a week and I am excited to restart the telling of my tale.

I have been on an amazing adventure for the past three weeks since I posted and between some epic car issues, a ton of travel, and inconsistent wifi, I have not really had the energy, time or focus to post.

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Wine Wanderings:  A Visit with Thierry Allemand

Wine Wanderings: A Visit with Thierry Allemand

This visit was definitely a highlight on a recent trip to France.  To get to Thierry's, we made the short walk -- perhaps 30 paces -- from the winery of Auguste Clape, where we were privileged to taste with three generations of Clapes.  But that's for another blog post.  Today the topic is Thierry Allemand, and especially the two interesting lessons that Thierry took it upon himself to teach us on that day.
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