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    The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

    The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon I was in a restaurant once where, on asking the sommelier – crisply suited with a dangling, shiny, tastevin hanging around his neck – for a wine list I was haughtily advised that they only have two wines, “a red, sir and a white. Sir”. I, in a fit of uncontrolled astonishment questioned the lack of a rosé.

    9 readers - By Spittoon

    The tides that bind: East Coast swing

    Tide’s Out, Big Cove, New Brunswick Tides. The Maritimes. The new viticulture. Headed out for the East Coast, pulled by a great maritime tide, family in tow. To a cape and back. Ontario-New York-Massachusetts-New Hampshire-Maine-New Brunswick-Nova Scotia-New Brunswick-Quebec-Ontario.

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      Giving Grand Cru Pinot Noir d’Alsace its due

      Godello - - 6 readers - The Vineyards of Domaine Albert Mann photo (c) https://www.facebook.com/albertmannwines “Pinot Noir, like Riesling, is a mineralogist.” You won’t find a rare or carefully considered older vintage of Pinot Noir tasted and discussed at a Millésimes Alsace Master Sommelier class. Nor will it be featured in a magazine article’s varietal spotlight on the great wines of the region.

      Great Wine Made in Southern Ohio?

      Pursuing Pinot - - 6 readers - Yes, indeed! On a recent trip to Cincinnati, I had the pleasure of dining at Abigail Street, a wonderful tapas-style restaurant. Perusing the menu, there was a section titled “Wines on Tap” (more about that below). We asked our server about the wine of the day and learned that it was a Cabernet Franc made at a local vineyard called La Vigna Estate Winery located about 45 miles east of Cincinnati.

      Errazuriz The Blend Collection White

      Spittoon - - 4 readers - Errazuriz The Blend Collection White One of the highlights of a recent meal with Francisco Baetting of Errazuriz. He was rather proud of this (and all the wines on show to be frank) the only wine of its type made in Chile. Strongly Rhone in style being a blend of 55% Roussanne, 30% Marsanne and 15% Viognier offering “hawthorn, white flower, and spice”.

      A traditional afternoon with the wines of Carpineto

      Godello - - 3 readers - Carpineto Molin Vecchio 2004 Carpineto brings “la Toscana e i suoi vini magliori” to the world. The producer near Greve in Chianti fashions wines from most of the better, best, requisite and constituent locales of Tuscany. The Carpineto library has been laid down from foundations in the DOC and DOCGs of Montereggio, Chianti Classico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino.

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      Errazuriz The Blend Collection White

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      The Sommelier at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

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