Category Archives: Domaine la Croix des Marchands

Thomas Jefferson drank here

I grew up in New England, which is history central for the English-centric version of the origins of the U.S. But my actual education in colonial history was spotty. Luckily, by the time I took an interest in U.S. history … Continue reading

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Farmer’s Markets & A Fresh Fruit Dessert for Summer

When you send out a weekly communication that includes a recipe year after year, as Tom and I have done, at a certain point you worry about running out of recipes.  So we have no qualms about hitting anyone and everyone up … Continue reading

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Once the novelty wears off, what’s in the bottle?

As a wine importer and retailer, I get a lot of pitches for different wines.  Mostly, the come-ons talk about the grapes, the winemakers’ family and winemaking history and the winery settings, then secondarily about the soil conditions, and the … Continue reading

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This year, pass the stories around with the crescent rolls…

It’s the time of year when we think about our families.  So I hope you’ll indulge me with this blog post about my family.  More specifically, my father, and the trip that Cy and I took with him to southwestern … Continue reading

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Another travelogue for another busy week

As I’ve said before, I try not to write gratuitous travel posts without a direct wine connection.  But after returning Monday night from France and – unplanned – the Netherlands (two days later than we had intended because of an … Continue reading

Posted in Amsterdam, Domaine la Croix des Marchands, Food, Gaillac Wines, Le Salon de Sophie, Marseille, Mont Ventoux, Musings/Lectures/Rants, recipes, Salon de Provence, Sophie Urbanski, Tom Natan, Travel, Uncategorized, wine delivery washington dc | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

From old-time farming to biodynamic certification

About a year ago I predicted that 2011 would be a year when we’d hear a lot about sustainable and biodynamic wines. Well, I was right, at least as far as first vine is concerned.  One of our producers got … Continue reading

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Wine at the Crossroads

One of the questions I get asked most often is how I pick wines for first vine.  Everyone seems to want to romanticize the process, thinking of me wandering the French countryside and happening on great wines by chance. You … Continue reading

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Canine tomatoes

You’re going to think we’ve gone off the deep end with more posts about tomatoes, but I can’t help myself.  Cy and I stopped at a farmers’ market in southeastern Pennsylvania on Tuesday and bought some heirloom tomatoes that are … Continue reading

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