Category Archives: Gaillac Wines

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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Fig Cake for Early Fall

We are lucky here in the mid-Atlantic area to have an abundance of backyard fig trees with figs that are ripening up about now.  As you probably know they all come at one time, so if you’re anything like us, you’re … Continue reading

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In Season/On Special: Stone Fruit Sangria

If you live or work on Capitol Hill, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to our newest neighborhood farmer’s market , “Fresh Tuesdays”,  located at Eastern Market under the outdoor farmers’ line awning.  It comes at precisely the right … 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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In Season/On Special: Vodka Collins (for a change)!

Believe it or not, sometimes even Tom and I need a break from wine drinking (gasp)! So when he and Cy came over last Saturday I was in the mood for something different – an actual cocktail for a change. … 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

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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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Wine and Cheese Redux

Maybe it’s because we’re just a tad touchy about the elitist brie and chardonnay liberal thing, but sometimes the thought of having people over for a wine and cheese party just seems so … Alan Alda.  Or Volvo driving. Not to mention … Continue reading

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Baked Apples (and other Pagan Traditions)

Fittingly,  in Celtic pagan tradition, the Autumn Equinox is seen particularly as a celebration of the vine harvests and of wine.  No wonder we like fall so much.  It is also associated with apples as symbols of life renewed.  Celebrating newly-made wine, … Continue reading

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