BASTILLE DAY: A Jeffersonian Perspective

BASTILLE DAY: A Jeffersonian Perspective

Jun 23, 2013

Written and Adapted from a presentation to the San Diego Chevaliers du Tastevin  by Jack C. Fisher and John Ahlering  (at Coronado, California on July 14, 1989)  Thomas Jefferson petitioned his government in Nov.1788 for relief of all duties in Paris; Personal affairs in Virginia required his full attention. But the uncertainties of maritime transport and...

MON DIEU ! Have French policy-makers fallen off their bicycles?

MON DIEU !  Have French policy-makers fallen off their bicycles?

Jun 23, 2013

Mon Dieu, Wine sales in deep decline in France; Breathalyzers might be required in all cars? Wine is a drug!    Mon Dieu! No wonder the wine salesmen of France are scrambling to get the rest of us buying more wine.  It’s a serious problem for 100,000 French winemakers who are mostly farmers.  A thousand years and more of work developing what are...

Grape Clones: Nature Versus Nurture

Grape Clones:   Nature Versus Nurture

Jun 11, 2013

By Sandon Purcell       “Years ago, when I was an undergraduate at U.C. San Diego (and aspiring Basketball player), I remember reading about the legendary Chicago Bulls player,Michael Jordan. Mr. Jordan, it turns out, was 6’- 6”, and 195 pounds, which also happened to be exactly my size and weight. If we were anatomically almost...

THE BROTHERHOODS OF WINE, (first installment)

By Frederick A. Frye, M.D.   A member of the brotherhoods of wine: Grand Chambellan of Commanderie d’Amerique  Confrerie de Chevaliers du Tastevin.  Presently Fred is an officer at the National level with the Brotherhood.  He wrote this article some years ago and presented at the Clos de Vougeot to an International audience of UNESCO Delegates...

FORM + FERMENTATION The Architecture of Wineries

  By Sally Anne Smith, AIA The architecture of a winery is usually the visual expression of the vintners philosophy of wine. The following wineries incorporate some striking architecture as well as having a history of having their wines compete in the “Judgement of Paris” Wine Tasting in 1976.   CHATEAU MONTELENA WINERY San Francisco businessman,...

ITALIAN WINES an interview with an expert

  San Gimignano, Tuscany Photo taken through an old window in a hotel in the ancient hill town, San Gimignano, in Chianti, Tuscany  just after a morning rain was clearing. Italian Wines and ITALY, once you have visited,you may leave, but the beauty never leaves your heart. Wine Country is everywhere in Italy. The softly lit, green velvet rolling vineyards...