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What's New?

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We’ve had a great time this last couple months exploring some of the wines we carry from two of the great wine regions of the world - Spain and France. It’s fun for us to search for wines that fit particular slots in a theme, but sometimes we miss a few newbies that come our way and don’t fit into the theme. When that happens, we need to have a catch up of “What’s new?”
 
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French Wines I: Loire, Bordeaux, Alsace, Savoie

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There’s something about French wine. It’s not just the confusing and arcane labelling laws or the marginally pronounceable (to American English speakers) names. No, it’s also that the French are just darn good winemakers.
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Wines of Spain II:Southern and Mediterranean

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We continue our tour of Spanish wine regions in the autonomous community of Catalunya. That’s the way the Catalans name what they think of as their native country, though you might be more familiar with the English designation “Catalonia.” The Catalan capital is the city of Barcelona, where all the street and other official signs are in both Castellano (“Spanish") and Catalan.
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Can You Say "Queso"? - Some Cheeses of Spain

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One of our favorite foods from Spain is cheese, or as we say when we order there..."queso" (KAY-so). Since most of Spain is dry and mountainous, most Spanish cheeses are made from the milk of the sheep and goats that can handle the scrubby provender and rugged terrain. The exceptions are in the northern foothills of the Pyrenees, the Atlantic coast ("green Spain") and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. This month, to go with our featured Spanish wines, we have chosen to highlight some of the various styles of cheese to be found in this cheese-loving nation.
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Wines of Spain I: Northern Spain

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From the mountainous Pyrenees border with France to the Straits of Gibraltar, the gateway to the Mediterranean, Spain is a country, literally, of ups and downs. It is the second most mountainous country in Europe, after Switzerland. From a grape growing and winemaking point of view, this up and down nature means there are lots of microclimates. The weather varies depending on altitude and proximity to the ocean, and the soil varies depending on which particular geological wrinkle a specific plot occupies.
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American Cheeses for July

America is a country of immigrants. Our forefathers and mothers brought their food traditions with them. This month we celebrate American cheesmaking with American versions of cheeses from England, France and Italy.

New Wines from the Austral Zones

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As I’ve mentioned before, I get the opportunity to try a lot of different wines and evaluate them for inclusion in our Wine & Words list. Sometimes they fit into some theme that draws them together. This time the only things these new wines have in common is that they are distributed by Winesellers, Ltd. (a rep from Baltimore showed us the wines) and they’re from the Southern Hemisphere, where wine grapes are harvested in March and April.
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Wines for Seafood

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The gifts of the sea are just now starting to come in down here in coastal Carolina, so I figured we'd offer a selection of wines that will pair very well with anything that swims, whether finned or shelled.
 
Cabriz Colheita Seleccionada 2009 (Dão, Portugal) Everyday low price $10.95
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