Category Archives: Château de Clapier

Book Review — Reverse Wine Snob: How to Buy and Drink Great Wine without Breaking the Bank

Last time I introduced you to a new wine book by my blogger friend Jon Thorsen. As I mentioned, I enjoyed reading Reverse Wine Snob: How to Buy and Drink Great Wine without Breaking the Bank. I think it’s a … Continue reading

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Why is wine jargon “pretentious” but sports jargon isn’t?

I recently was asked to review a book about wine.  It’s actually a good one, and I’ll be blogging about it soon.  But something on the back cover — which I read after I’d already read through the book and … Continue reading

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Let us give thanks for rosés this November 28th

Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings family and friends together.  Everyone tries to put differences aside and think of the things for which he or she is grateful and bask in good company. Those differences don’t have to be political … Continue reading

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Newcastle loves more coals

Rummaging through the freezer today, I saw a container of raspberry buttercream leftover from a cake I had made for an old friend.  He’s a pastry chef, and seeing the frosting reminded me of the first time he tasted something … Continue reading

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Late with a new post, like the 2013 harvest

Sorry for the sparse blogging this past month.  I could give you the usual excuses — vacations, holidays, end-of-summer mental confusion, etc.  Instead, I’m going to say that the hiatus was in solidarity with our wine producers in the Southern … Continue reading

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Vintage First Vine

I was recently banging around for a meatloaf recipe, when I remembered we’d published a great one, way back in one of our earliest newsletters.  Clicking back through the files, I found it.  Realized it was in our very first … Continue reading

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Wine and Wagner on the 4th of July?

As I mentioned in previous posts, I read a lot of wine blogs.  And of course, I co-write this one.  But I’m strictly a novice blogger and I hope to improve.  Part of the process beyond reading is to compare … Continue reading

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Lettuce, lettuce everywhere …

Sometimes our total lack of self control when it comes to fresh produce has left us with a glut of one thing or another.  Recently, it’s been a glut of salad greens.  We’d been throwing gigantic handfuls of arugula, romaine … Continue reading

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And Now, the Sopranos (think arias, not New Jersey)

The good news just keeps rolling in!  After my last post, Thomas Montagne, owner and winemaker of Château de Clapier, wrote to let me know that Clapier was also listed in the 2011 Guide Hachette.  Thomas’s 2007 Cuvée Soprano, made … Continue reading

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Brain Freeze

When it’s hot out – like it is these days – you want something cold to drink.  The colder the better.  Bring on the iced mugs of beer, iced tea, and lemonade.  Or the soda that’s cold enough to freeze … Continue reading

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