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Rieslings of Alsace, France
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Rieslings of Alsace, France

A little bit of history that is worth revisiting.

In 1500 B.C. the land was cultivated by the Celts. Around 58 B.C. the Romans conquered, took the land and made it the center of their wine region. Grape growing for the purpose of fermenting was so significant to the Roman way of life, that they built barricades and military camps to protect the vines.

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Marcassin, Three Sisters Chardonnay, 2010
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Marcassin, Three Sisters Chardonnay, 2010

Wine Rating: 94

Lunch – Laguna Beach, June

After a long drive on PCH, we pull into a place we have been to many times. We valet the Porsche (a vintage 1984 Cabriolet) and walk in to the bistro. The smell of fresh seafood being prepped hooks our senses. They have been expecting us. The man who runs the front of the house escorts us outside. From atop the cliffs and as far as the eye can see, are green and blue hues of the Pacific. The California sun lightly toasts our skin as we are seated and a gentle breeze carries the unmistakable sharp smell of the ocean water to us. From our table, we watch large waves crash on the jetted rocks below. A muddled thud echoes as the surf breaks and it sounds like an elephant jumping out of a tree.

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Far Niente, Chardonnay, 2010
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Far Niente, Chardonnay, 2010

Wine Rating: 93

Who doesn’t remember their first time? And when was yours? What bottle converted you from a wine drinker to a wine lover? Transformed you from a wine aficionado to a sommelier? As the years continue to pass by, there’s often a period one reflects back on fondly and for many, there’s that paramount moment, that instant when it all changed and your life from that instant on would be different. To recall, that single sip, that first glass, could have altered your feelings toward wine and open you up in such a way, that you take it in and truly appreciate the ‘genuine passion’ it took for that wine to reach you – from vine to splendor.

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Chateau Montelena, Chardonnay, 2009
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Chateau Montelena, Chardonnay, 2009

Wine Rating: 93

Spring has sprung and summer has begun. Well not quite officially, perhaps, but as soon as June arises my palate begins to crave the delicious white wines that have been relaxing, waiting all season for just the right time to be enjoyed. In a previous review, I stated that I only drink white wine during the summer months. But I do make an occasional exception, such as enjoying a lovely dessert wine after a fine meal. My two favorite dessert wines are Dolce by Far Niente and, of course, the outstanding Sauternes from Château d’Yquem.

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