Monthly Archives: November 2012


Koshu, a pink-skinned vitis vinifera grape, arrived in Japan about a thousand years ago, just how and when is not precisely known. What is known is that wine has been made from Koshu since the 19th century and that it … Continue reading

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Wines for Thanksgiving: A Selection from the Year’s Tastings

Thanksgiving is a celebration of thanks for abundant harvests.  It is also an abundant meal consisting of many flavorful sweet and savory dishes surrounding the traditional roast turkey.  The combination of turkey, stuffing, cranberries, and candied yams is a challenge … Continue reading

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Wines of the Loire Valley: New Releases from Alphonse Mellot, Thierry Germain, and Domaine Didier Dagueneau

In a recent tasting in Washington, DC organized by importer, Laurent Givry of Elite Wines, we had the opportunity to taste the new releases of some of our favorite Loire Valley producers. Alphonse Mellot crafts refined and precise wines from … Continue reading

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Halter Ranch: A Paso Robles Environmental Gem

In the year 2000, Swiss businessman and ardent environmentalist Hansjörg Wyss purchased 960 acres of the historic  MacGillivray located on Adelaida Road, about 11 miles west of Paso Robles and just 14 miles from the Pacific.  He renamed it Halter … Continue reading

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