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Bordeaux Market Shifts
Aug 25th 2017

Bordeaux Market Shifts

Bordeaux is like no other in the wine market. Every year around the last days of March and first few days of April, the wine press and buyers emerge excited to taste the new vintage. The custom has been to buy the wines en primeur (straight out of…

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Fonterutoli and the Mazzei Family
Aug 25th 2017

Fonterutoli and the Mazzei Family

Last year on my way back from Milan, I was taking a plane from Malpensa airport to London Gatwick. Standing in line at the economy airline counter I struck up a conversation with a guy as a result of my frustration at the stringent a…

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Coffee in Firenze can be inspirational…
Aug 25th 2017

Coffee in Firenze can be inspirational…

Walking into a typical Italian café for breakfast, which in Italy is usually a café latte and a pastry for me. There is one particular pastry I love in Italy. It’s a donut filled with custard. Yum, really delicious and their coffee, made with an espr…

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French Etiquette: A Very French Tale
Aug 25th 2017

French Etiquette: A Very French Tale

There I was driving through the French countryside in my shitty little Renault Clio, I realized that not all foreigners understand how attached the French are to their dining culture and French etiquette. Are you aware that the entire country more…

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Chateau d’Armajan Des Ormes, Sauternes France
Aug 25th 2017

Chateau d’Armajan Des Ormes, Sauternes France

I made a cold call from my home in Pasadena, California, to the owners of Chateau Beauregard Ducasse in the Graves area of Bordeaux. The Perromat Family owns the estate, the French call it une exploitation. Exploitation is the French word f…

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