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Top 10 Thanksgiving Holiday Wine Picks

"Personally, I love Thanksgiving traditions: watching football, making pumpkin pie, and saying the magic phrase that sends your aunt storming out of the dining room to sit in her car." ~ Stephen Colbert
Ah yes, another wonderful year nearly ready, to be neatly tucked away in the can and stored away for posterity. But every year at this time we [folks who live in the states] collectively sigh or I mean take time-out to give a "thanks" for our collective blessings.

Do you know a curmudgeon, perhaps there's one in your family? A cranky Uncle or Aunt who's tired of giving a crap? They're easily spotted by their "keep off my lawn" demeanor and defensive remarks to strangers. They resent holidays, like the one right around the corner and for many it has become all too clichéd, to take it seriously any longer. After All there's football on TV, pumpkin pies, roasted, fried and barbecued turkeys, the ugly sweater contest and homes so hot you it's…

Select Opportunities For Early Drinking And Great Values Amongst 2011 S. Rhone Wines

I’ve been giving some thought to what wine I might taste for my first post since officially joining Bill on Cuvée Corner.Should it be an elite Californian Cabernet or a value play from Spain? Should I look for something that personifies the incredible efforts of Aussie winemakers to reinvent their wine culture and their brand, or should it highlight the investments being made by old world winemakers in South American wine-making?
These are some of the many topics I want to touch upon but for the first few notes, I want to explore some of what the Southern Rhone Valley has to offer from a vintage that truly kept vineyards on their toes throughout the growing season (2011).
By all accounts a series of less than predictable/desirable events, including somewhat unseasonal temperatures and poorly timed rains served to increase the stress and workload of vineyard management.A warm spring brought early bud break and robust flowering that promised great production and potentially early harves…

Think you know Bordeaux Superieur?

"Talents are best nurtured in solitude. Character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.” - Von Goethe
Mrs. Cuvee and I go to one USC Football game each year, it's quite far from the remote corner of San Diego we live in, and nonetheless we manage the trek to LA because we love the team. This year we had tickets for the Stanford game and had no idea what to really expect [we didn't even know it was homecoming]. Most of the early part of the season had been abust[to say the least]under the [so called] leadership of Lane Kiffin and his father who's now running the defense for the Dallas Cowboys [how's that working out?]. 
An interim head coach was found internally, he's simply known to players, students and fans as Coach O. But Ed Orgeron, a simple D-line coach who had been with the team since 1998, had finally got his chance. We watched a few of the games he coached on TV, Mrs. Cuvee and I were both impressed with the new direction of the team and sen…

New Contributor: Andy McCallion [a.k.a.] the Bruised Grape

"The strength of the team is in each individual member and the strength of each member is the team." —Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson, just may know a thing or two about how teams work and how the right team [with individual talents] can move together to accomplish great things. It is in that same spirit of cooperation and collaboration which has helped the LA Lakers to win multiple championships, I want to introduce the newest member of the Cuvée Corner Wine Blogging team, Andy McCallion. Please help him feel welcome, in the comment section below. 
Many of you reading this may already be friends with Andy via his twitter page and if you're not already following his account, you'll definitely want to consider doing so. Although we never met in real life, Andy and I became fast friends via conversations on twitter. If you'd like to know more about his background and how fell into the wine-scene, feel free to check out his page here.
To be honest; I never thought I'd ch…

Champagne Uncorked: 2006 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque

"Burgundy makes you think of silly things, Bordeaux makes you talk of them and Champagne makes you do them." ~ Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin 
I had a great invite to sample the 2006 Perrier-Jouet BelleEpoque, to hobnob with like minded wine writers and nibble on delightful one of kind foods prepared by a super-star chef. Unfortunately, [sigh] the event was in NYC, I live in San Diego, and while great with the sunshine quotient it has very few events like the one I had a hot-little-invite in my hand. I thought "Ugh, I live no where NYC, so I'll have to miss another great tasting opportunity" but not all was lost. 
"An unusual bottle designed in 1902 by Emile Gallé, one of the most famous designers of the Art Nouveau movement."An enterprising young PR professional came to my aide, she offered to find me bottle at the event and then have it sent to me [a sample] once I returned from my trip. I was ecstatic to say the least, her enthusiasm only heightened t…

Has your wine cellar "spiraled" out of control?

"The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars." ~Benjamin Franklin
What do you do when you find a great bottle of wine for an amazing price? If you think like I do, you would buy the whole case instead of just a couple of bottles. But what often happens to me I can barely get one bottle into my current cellar, let alone a whole case [sigh].

Second, if you're anything like me you embrace wine-diversity. But keeping a few dozen different types of bottles, from different regions around the world in the cellar on standby can be a challenge. Even with a modest sized 200 bottle capacity cellar, maintaining region diversity [great for discovery] brings with it the unintended consequence of bottle shape diversity. Thus, you've just diminished that 200 count capacity quite a bit, just to accommodate uneven bottle sizes [been there done that]. 

Third, if you tend to keep some bottles for months or years befo…