Wine & Wonder

a look at wine and enotourism from all angles



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October '17 wine writing

October raced by. It was filled with lots of wine, but not as much wine writing as I'd like to have gotten done. I have a backlog of both blog posts for this site and newspaper and online articles for clients that need to be written. Still I managed to get a few things done outside the few W&W blog posts from last month. Catch up with them: So What the Heck is Blaufrankisch and Why Should New Jersey Care? (Courier Post) I interviewed Mike Beneduce from Beneduce Vineyards about his Blaufrankisch - the winery's signature grape that he believes could put the region on the global wine map. The case for cork bottle stoppers (Mother Nature Network) The cork industry is reducing incidents of co

Wine from last week: 2012 Châteaux de Sales, Pomerol

"YUM" is the first thing written in my tasting notes for the 2012 Châteaux de Sales, Pomerol, tasted at the Back to Bordeaux Master Class: Bordeaux Recent Vintages Revisited. I'll admit, the Bordeaux region is a bit of mystery to me. It's large and complex with a centuries-old fascinating history. I understand Bordeaux has a Right Bank and Left Bank separated by the Gironde Estuary that divides into the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers with the Entre-Deux-Mers region situated between the two rivers. I understand that the Premiers Crus, the historically prestigious vineyards, are in the Left Bank, but that does not mean the Left Bank wines are necessarily better than the Right Bank wines. I also

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