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James Molesworth

February 2009

The Rhône, Day 2: A Half-Dozen Châteauneuf-du-Pape Estates
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 3:43pm ET
Time to roll up the sleeves. First stop was Le Vieux Donjon, the family-run estate that takes a rather subtle approach to its signage. The Michel family—Lucien, Marie-Joseph and daughter, Claire—is currently in charge at Le Vieux Donjon, a domaine familiar to many of you.
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The Rhône, Day 1: Hitting the Ground Running
Posted: Feb 26, 2009 2:22am ET
Flight: On time. Train connection: No problem. I got to Avignon just before noon, as scheduled, and so finally my long-running travel jinx is broken. Sort of. My GPS didn’t exactly have the new roundabout on it, and I spent a few extra minutes getting to my hotel, but that hardly counts.
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Off to the Rhône, Again
Posted: Feb 24, 2009 1:17pm ET
It's one of my favorite things to do here at work: walk into Marvin's office to say I'll see him in two weeks. When he asks where I'm going, I say "Off to the Rhône, again." I then high-tail it out of his office before he gets a chance to change his mind.
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A Sit Down with Argentina's Carlos Pulenta
Posted: Feb 20, 2009 10:54am ET
I sat down recently with Carlos Pulenta, owner of Argentina’s Finca & Bodega Carlos Pulenta. It’s been a couple of years without samples being sent since the winery's impressive debut bottlings, so I was happy to get caught up with this experienced winery owner.
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Cabo Again
Posted: Feb 17, 2009 10:26am ET
I've just gotten back to the office after a week's vacation in Cabo, Mexico, hence the static blog. I'm digging out my desk and wondering why it's cold outside as I'm wearing shoes and a long-sleeve shirt … I've been to Cabo a half-dozen times since 2000 and have seen its dramatic build up over that time.
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A Sit Down with Fred Merwarth of Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Posted: Feb 5, 2009 12:54pm ET
The small (but hopefully growing) number of consumers out there familiar with Finger Lakes wines is likely familiar with this winery. Though the wines have been absent from Wine Spectator’s official tastings for a few years now , quality has always been high.
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Another (Quiet) Track Record of Quality: South Africa's Mulderbosch
Posted: Feb 2, 2009 12:23pm ET
In a recent blog post , I took a look at the quiet track record of Thelema , one of South Africa’s best Cabernet producers. Mulderbosch could arguably be Thelema’s alter ego— it’s known for white wine more than its reds (in contrast to Thelema), and it too has quietly put together an impressive track record.
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