Georges Duboeuf’s 2017 Beaujolais-Villages shows blackberry and raspberry aromas with focus on the black fruit, but red fruit, raspberries and blackberries, becomes more prominent on the palate. Abundant, juicy fruit is well structured with fresh-fruit acidity, a whiff of stony minerality, and a surprising levels of firm but palatable tannins. A good, balanced Beaujolais and a versatile food wine.
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As we mark the death of Georges Duboeuf this past January 4, I’m re-reading Rudolph Chelminski’s excellent book about him, “I’ll Drink to That.”
How bad are President Trump’s proposed 100 percent tariffs on French wines, cheeses, and other luxury products going to be? It depends on who you ask. As you can imagine, the wailing and gnashing of teeth from U.S. importers, distributors, retailers and wine consumers is approaching the apocalyptic.
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There are many excellent wines in Tuscany, including those from the small family-run winery Fattoria Uccelliera, near Pisa, where a restored farmhouse offers a vacation destination. Recently Neil Duarte had an opportunity to taste some of them. Read article.
Holiday time is here! Hanukkah begins Sunday evening. The Twelve Days of Christmas begin on Wednesday. Kwanzaa starts next week, and Festivus, if that’s your pleasure, brings the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength around the Festivus Pole on Monday.
So! What shall we eat and drink for the holidays?
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Today I review two special, reasonably affordable wines for the holidays: De Chanceny Crémant de la Loire Brut, a typical Loire Valley Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wine made in the Champagne style from a Chenin Blanc blend; and Broadbent Madeira Reserve, a delicious Madeira, rich and sweet, an excellent value.
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Wine-Searcher.com lists only limited vendors for De Chanceny Crémant de la Loire Brut. However, it’s available at most Whole Foods wine shops.
Thanksgiving is past, the winter holidays lie ahead, and visions of Burgundy are dancing through my head. But a quick trip to the wine shop for a wine-price reality check soon turned my thoughts from Bourgogne to reflections on Karl Marx or maybe Jesus, whoever first said “go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor.”
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Joseph Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir is a rather light, but bright and pretty ruby red, typical of Burgundy. Delicious scents of fresh, ripe raspberries and cranberry fill the nose and the simple but pleasant red-fruit flavor. It’s a good introduction to red Burgundy and a fine food wine.
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Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book for 2020 is available now, and naturally I was among the first in line to grab the updated edition. Every year, this affable British wine scribe crams in even more information, updating reports on vintages and offering sound advice on buying value and aging potential, food matches and much more. Read article.
Since the Internet grew up, I don’t buy many books on paper any more, and I have to tell you that this includes wine books. But there’s one large wine book that I keep on buying even in the online era: The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson.
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