Tag Archives: Languedoc Wines

A tale of two (wine) media

So…this happened:  the wines I import from Domaine Marion Pla in the Languedoc got a lovely review in the Washington Post.  I didn’t know about it, though, and was surprised when I started getting orders for the wines.  My customers … Continue reading

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Grandma knows best, and other tales of a family winery

  In February, I attended back-to-back wine shows in Lisbon, Portugal, and Montpellier, France.  I met a lot of winemakers and winery reps and tasted plenty of good wine.  I’ll probably end up buying from a few of them.  I … Continue reading

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New Adventures on the Wine Route

The first book I read when I was thinking of becoming a wine importer was Kermit Lynch’s Adventures on the Wine Route.  And I think if you asked most people in the wine business, they’d tell you it was an early … Continue reading

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Summer recipes, Part 3 — with a whole bottle of wine in there

Happy August!  Cy and I have been on vacation.  I meant to put up a recipe while we were away, but it just didn’t happen.  Mostly because there wasn’t a rainy day where I’d have been inside looking for things … Continue reading

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Any excuse for a #hashtagholiday

On January 9, 2000, my now-husband Cy and I had our first date.  Little did we know that 15 years later, January 9 would also be claimed as National Cassoulet Day – presumably gaining a little more attention than we … Continue reading

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Cookbook author wine talk with Lucinda Scala Quinn

I first saw Lucinda Scala Quinn on the Martha Stewart-produced PBS cooking show “Everyday Food.”  The show, with short segments each featuring a different person – all of them working for Stewart’s company and all making good food – is … Continue reading

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If you’re name-calling, it’s Mr. Snob, thank you

My wine blogger friend Jon Thorsen has written a book. I’ll be reviewing Reverse Wine Snob: How to Buy and Drink Great Wine without Breaking the Bank in a couple of weeks. Spoiler alert, I enjoyed it. But the book … Continue reading

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Trick yourself into drinking less wine?

In Tuesday’s Washington Post, reporter Nancy Szokan recounted some weight-loss tips she found in Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life, a new book by Brian Wansink. Unfortunately for First Vine, drinking less wine is part of it. … Continue reading

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May 30th is #LanguedocDay!

Looking at the date on this post, I see it has been a long time since I last blogged. Lots of reasons for the delay: work-related, personal, and procrastinational (not a word, but it should be). I have a few … Continue reading

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A family history in paper and stone — and now, wine

Making wine is often a family business.  For a lot of First Vine’s producers, the vineyards and wineries have been in the family for a century or more.   And something about growing up growing grapes and making wine seems to … Continue reading

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