Two Chards, Two Zins

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I'm always getting into trouble for being too straightforwardly outspoken. I did it again the other night at Back Bay Cafe. The lady said she wanted "a glass of Chardonnay," a vague descriptor that usually says "I like a not-too-dry white wine...but Chardonnay is the only one I know." So I asked her what kind of Chardonnay she usually drinks. She replied, "Well, I usually drink Kendall-Jackson." That's when I put my foot in it.

Four for Four

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Often it's hit or miss when one of our wine distributors brings us wine to taste. The wines they bring could be end of stock items they want to unload (which I'm never interested in, unless they're offering a really good price). Or the wines they bring are what they happened to have with them on their way to another tasting or wine dinner. Distributor reps usually bring 6 or 8 wines. Sometimes I'll like 1 or 2; sometimes they just don't fit in any of our open slots for country of origin, style or price point. Often I politely decline all that's offered.

Let the Summertime Good Times Roll

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This week we're introducing a couple of primo wines for summer, as well as bringing back the Sangria Classico that quenched our thirsts so well last summer. And...we're cutting you in on an extraordinary deal in summer Chardonnay.

This Month's Cheese Feature -- 3 milks, 3 countries, 3 cheeses

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This month we're featuring three classic cheeses from the milk of three different animals who graze in three different countries in Europe.

Grillin' and Chillin'

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Summertime has hit us with a vengeance. Down here in Eastern NC everybody's firing up lawnmowers and boat motors...and grills. Seems most people down here do their chillin' with ice cold beer or cold white wine and their grillin' with hearty California Cabs. Well, I've been suggesting a different strategy for some years now -- do your chillin' with cold rosé wine while you're out in the heat doing the grillin'. When the meat is nicely done is the time to serve up a hearty red that goes with the occasion. Herein, some wines of both styles. Welcome, summer!

New from Spain and South Africa

New from South Africa...
Joostenberg Chenin Blanc (Paarl, South Africa)
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From the Court of the King


King Estate is located southwest of Eugene, Oregon near the town of Lorane. The 1,033-acre certified organic estate (including 465 acres of organic vineyards, as well as 30 acres of fruits, vegetables, and flowers) provides a spectacular mountain vineyard site with elevations ranging from 800 to 1,100 feet and cool, prevailing northwest winds that moderate vineyard temperatures.

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