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Que Syrah, Shiraz

  Que Syrah, Shiraz From the roasted slopes of the Northern Rhone to the ancient vines of the Barossa Valley Syrah, (as it is known in France) or Shiraz, (as it is called in...

A Wine of the Timeless Wind

  Eternity He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy He who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity's sunrise William Blake - 1757-1827   The Beast Provence is a geological masterpiece millions of years in the...

A Thing of Kalimna (Beauty)

A Thing of Kalimna I partly organized and then wholly attended a small ‘trade-&-friends’ dinner last week; it had a ‘bring-a-bottle’ theme, which is an ingenious way for trade to come together and taste, assess...

The Beast

 The Beast Mont Ventoux; for the world's finest cyclists its name is legend, “The Beast of Provence”, a will-sapping, heart-breaking, soul-destroying stage of the world’s most famous bicycle race, the Tour de France. When...

1955, The Old Railroad Vineyard and Other Terroirs

Chateau Haut Blanville is a family owned winery in the Languedoc region of southern France. The winery sources its fruit from a number of vineyards and sub regions right across the region, taking advantage of...

Roasted Slopes

  The Wines of the Cote Rotie, (Roasted Hillside) on the sharp rising slopes at the Northern end of the Rhone Valley are some of the most seductive and alluring wines from all France and...

Chile Rising

  Take one of Chile’s finest winemakers, a precocious young South African Chef and an imperial old Chinese House and something truly remarkable is bound to happen. Set on the ‘Pacific Ring of Fire’ and...

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