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James Molesworth

May 2012

My Wine Lexicon
Talking about the words I use when I'm talking about wine
Posted: May 15, 2012 12:05pm ET

I'm heading out on vacation tomorrow, for a few days of golf in South Carolina to recharge the batteries. When I get back, I'll be focusing on the bulk of my Rhône tastings, before heading over there for two weeks in June. But as I clear my desk today, I found myself thinking about tasting notes.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but I write a lot of them. Several thousand a year for the magazine, plus my own short-hand notes when I'm in cellars or tasting informally. I don't pen a note for every single wine I taste. I think you need to be able to enjoy wines unencumbered from time to time. But I do write a lot of notes.

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What Does Bordeaux Have to Do?
Château Troplong-Mondot's Margaux Pariente raises the perplexing question, and a few American wine industry pros try to answer
Posted: May 3, 2012 4:05pm ET

I sat down with Margaux Pariente in my office yesterday. The newest generation to work at her family's Château Troplong-Mondot in Bordeaux's St.-Emilion, Pariente is relatively new to the wine business, young, energetic and passionate about her wine. She was in New York to work the market a little bit and she admitted finding the reaction to Bordeaux a little surprising.

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