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French Wine Regions

History of French WineFrance’s history with wine dates back to the 6th century BC, when the city-state of Massalia (modern-day Marseille) began trading wines with other Mediterranean cultures. However, viticulturally speaking, …

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El Molet 2013 Jumilla

El Molet 2013 Jumilla

There’s something to be said for a bit of age on a bottle. When this wine was released a few years ago, it didn’t make any friends in the wine critic …

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Shirvington 2010 Shiraz McLaren Vale

Shirvington 2010 Shiraz, McLaren Vale

A Winery DivorceFirst, there was Sparky Marquis. He was the “hit winemaker” for years in South Australia. His wines were highly coveted, especially in the states. His wines were bigger than …

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Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Vertical VintagesAt least once a quarter, I pop open this wine to introduce our students to the Cotes du Rhone region of France.  Vintage after vintage,  this has been a go-to bottle.   …

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Frontpage Hero for Wine School of Philadelphia

Domaine Durand 2011 Premices Cornas

Domaine Durand is an old family estate taken over by the dynamic duo of two brothers, Eric and Joel Durand, in 1991. It’s a small, 13-hectare property that straddles the wine …

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