Wine School of Philadelphia

Much Ado About Something

“The market for wine-bottle closures is a $4 billion battlefield where an epic confrontation is now taking place.” – George Taber, from To Cork or Not To Cork: Tradition, Romance, Science, and the Battle for the Wine Bottle

The much-needed discussion about wine closures is upon us and none other than George M. Taber is taking the podium.  Former reporter and editor of Time Magazine, Taber is no stranger to wine. His earlier book Judgement in Paris captured the moment when California bested the great wines of Bordeaux, and it quickly became the definitive text on the subject.  With his new book, Taber has once again brought clarity to a major controversy in the wine world.

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Wine School of Philadelphia

I’m dreaming of a blanc (de blanc) Christmas

(sung to the tune of White Christmas)

I’m dreaming of a blanc (de blancs) Christmas
All chardonnay, no pinot noir
The Salon is chilling
And artists swilling,
In a 1930s Paris bar

I’m dreaming of a blanc (de blancs) Christmas
Josephine staggers, then a-rights
May my day turn easily to night
And may all of my champagne be white

And the wine, the year, what fills my dreams?

Salon Brut Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil 1928.

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Bottle Shock

On May 24, 1976, a little blind tasting took place in Paris. France’s historic wines were being tasted and judged alongside ones from a handful of upstart California wineries.

Spoiler alert: The California wines won.

The Movie Bottle Shock tells the fictionalized story of Chateau Montelena’s rise from obscurity to triumphing over a few of the top chateaus in Burgundy.

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