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James Molesworth

November 2008

The Turkey Day Wine Lineup
Posted: Nov 25, 2008 4:02pm ET
Well, my post prior to last year's Thanksgiving seemed to pull people out of the woodwork, so we might as well make it an annual thing. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday: football and food stretched out over a few days.
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Saint Bart's Day 3: All Rosé, All the Time
Posted: Nov 25, 2008 1:56am ET
After breakfast, Nancy kept her promise to me to return to Absolutely Wine, where we grabbed another bottle before heading to the beach at Les Salines. Luckily owner Jean-Baptist Barre had two plastic cups for us, his last two.
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Saint Bart's Day 2: More Rosé and a Little François Villard
Posted: Nov 24, 2008 8:51am ET
By day two in Saint Bart's, Nancy and I both had the bright red foreheads that announced our "just arrived" status. We’d also developed a contest (she’s almost as competitive as I am): who could zap the most bugs.
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Bob Marley and Truffles in St.-Barthélemy
Posted: Nov 21, 2008 8:46am ET
Nancy and I haven’t been alone since the kids were born. That's eight years. We committed to getting away together this year, however, as we passed our 10th wedding anniversary in June. Since I wasn’t making my usual fall trip to the Rhône, I was in need of something hearty, where red wine and the scent of burning autumnal leaves in the air would fill the gap; Nancy needed a beach.
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Now That The Grapes Are In: A Look at 2008 in the Rhône
Posted: Nov 17, 2008 2:32pm ET
The grapes are picked and the fermentation vats are full, so I used this moment of relative quiet for the vignerons to get an early read on them for the just completed 2008 harvest. Here's a look from both the Southern and Northern Rhône Valley.
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A Sit Down with Enrique Tirado and his New Chilean Syrah
Posted: Nov 12, 2008 3:03pm ET
I sat down with Enrique Tirado here at my office earlier this week. Tirado is the head winemaker for Concha y Toro , and he oversees the winery’s flagship Don Melchor bottling, as well as a number of other projects, including TriVento in Argentina.
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How Do You Judge an Emerging Region?
Posted: Nov 7, 2008 11:00am ET
Tasting wines from the Finger Lakes isn’t as easy as tasting wines from a more established region, say, the Rhône. The difficulty isn’t because these cool-climate wines are more acidic, making them more difficult to taste than warm-climate wines that are riper, fleshier and more up front with their power.
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Some Restaurant Tips for the Finger Lakes
Posted: Nov 5, 2008 2:14pm ET
Whether you’re a wine professional or simply traveling in wine country for fun, knowing a good spot for lunch or dinner is critical to surviving all those days of multiple winery visits, vineyard tours and countless wines.
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The Finger Lakes, Day 3: Vineyards, Vineyards, and Vinny from Queens
Posted: Nov 3, 2008 3:34pm ET
With the drive back to the city staring me in the face (though luckily the day was looking bright and clear), I only had time to squeeze in two more appointments, and I stayed in the Banana Belt for both.
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