Distinct Style: Bordeaux vs Napa

It’s no secret that I greatly enjoy wine tasting. To that end I have been incredibly lucky with opportunities to taste in Bordeaux, in Napa and beyond. It’s in that spirit that I recently climbed in my car on a very rainy day, drove up to Napa and went tasting with my friend B., a friend I had the chance to meet in Bordeaux. We had some amazing wine that day, and to be perfectly honest: some overpriced crap. But what really struck both B. and I that day were the very distinct differences between Bordeaux and Napa. So, I’m going to share some of my (generalized) observations.

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The Final First

It was the first cloudy, cool and stormy day in six weeks. Much to the city’s collective relief the heat wave seems to breaking. It also marked the end of an era as, after two years, my friend K. and I will no longer officially be residents of the same city. So a celebration was called for. And what better way to celebrate than with great wine and another milestone, my final First Growth visit: Chateau Margaux.

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Back in the Land of Writing

I know I’ve been M.I.A. for a while but things have been changing in my world. I’m the first to admit I’ve never done well with change and I’ve been off my game. For those of you who don’t already know the news: I am no longer calling Bordeaux home base. Due to a combination of circumstances I am back in California.

But don’t worry (now that I have recovered from the plague and gotten settled) the Cuvee Appeal adventures will continue. I have been busy traveling in the United States, looking for a new job, enjoying great bottles and continuing to indulge my love of great wine. In addition I have plenty of great Bordeaux adventures left to share and in the meantime I’ll be exploring the wide(r) world of bordeaux blend wines (from Bordeaux, California, Washington, Australia and beyond.) So stay tuned for further wine adventures and updates on an even greater world of great wine and more adventures from my crazy summer.

Cheers! And thanks for following my continuing adventures.