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A rocket slide from the genuine to the crassly artificial

Wine is a funny (read “odd”) business. As a buyer, I get to see its many levels, from the sublime to the ridiculous. We do our best to avoid the ridiculous but today I ran smack into it. Currently, I’m … Continue reading

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2014 was a perfect vintage in Walla Walla

“2014 was a perfect vintage,” says winemaker Kim Brady of Brady Cellars. “Temperatures were moderate throughout the growing season.   We didn’t experience any 2013 fall freezes, no major winter damage and no major heat spikes this summer. The only problem … Continue reading

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A lovely dinner at home with friends and family

Great dinner last night with my son, his girl friend, and my friends, Chris Nishiwaki and Kent C. Everyone bravely ate my savory pasta recipe with sausage prepared by Chef Nishiwaki. Wine of night was the 2007 Dunn Howell Mountain … Continue reading

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An exploration of Burgundy over dinner at Crush

Last night I was privileged to join a group of food and wine lovers for a magnificent dinner at Seattle’s Crush in Madison Valley. James Beard Award winning Chef Jason Wilson oversees the magic that is Crush. It is a … Continue reading

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Arnie’s European Odyssey Day, Day Four

France Day Four, the Rhône Valley and Burgundy Refreshed from a whole three hours of sleep we set out at 6:00 a.m. for the village of Visan in the Southern Rhône. We had to make good time because it was … Continue reading

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A Bordeaux Futures Primer

What are Bordeaux futures? We are now in the midst of the 2010 Bordeaux futures campaign. It began in mid-April and will continue until June, 2011. The futures or “en primeur” market for Bordeaux is a relatively recent development of … Continue reading

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Arnie’s European Odyssey Day Three, Noon ‘til the edge of darkness

Bordeaux Day Three, March 29th, Part Two Our first stop in Pessac-Léognan, the heart of the Graves region by the city of Bordeaux, was Smith Haut-Lafitte. This is a terrific estate sustained by the passion of its owners, Daniel and … Continue reading

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Arnie’s European Odyssey Day Three, The Right Bank and Graves

Bordeaux Day Three, March 29th from dawn until noon With our tight schedule, we were limited two just five châteaux on the Right Bank; two in Pomerol, three in neighboring Saint-Emilion which is one of France’s most beautiful wine towns. … Continue reading

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Arnie’s European Odyssey Day Two, Château Palmer and Beyond

Bordeaux Day Two, March 28th   After lunch at Angludet, we motored over to Chateau Palmer, which is jointly owned by the Sichel and Mähler-Besse families. Palmer is a beautiful château. Although classified as a third growth of Margaux, Palmer … Continue reading

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Arnie’s European Odyssey Day Two, mornin’ to lunch

We awoke early, ready to roll at 7:00 a.m. This was to be one of our toughest appointment-packed days – over 14 Chateaux to visit by 6:15 p.m. That meant, with a nearly two-hour lunch (sorry, it’s the habit of … Continue reading

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