Matetic Vineyards, Rosario Valley.

Matetic Winery, Casablanca, Chile – Pic du Jour

Home to some fabulous syrah. Snapped on 20-Mar-2013

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Corks from the road

Light and Airy Long-Term Travel Souvenir Idea No. 001

Just a handful of corks collected over the past eight months on the road. I wish I had saved more of them. Easy to pack and they won’t break your back.

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Mulled wine and candlelight.

Mulled Wine and Semi-Automatics

One thing I’ve always loved in Ljubljana‘s old town in December is that you can find and enjoy a delicious cup of mulled wine every ten feet. I’ve never encountered that in the U.S. but I suppose they make up for it with easy access to semi-automatic weapons of war.

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Drink wine, don’t get sunburned

I’ll drink to that. (The University of Barcelona study cited focuses on sauvignon blanc). The Body Odd – Drink wine, don’t get sunburned.

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Still life with mannequin and wine bottle

Have you ever seen a mannequin with tan lines? Seen in ‘Allo Robert’ in Menton, France, currently my favorite antique/junk shop in the world. 21-July-2011 Menton 002, originally uploaded by pirano.

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2001 Chateau Rieussec

Had a rockin’ sauternes after dinner last night at a nice little jardin restaurant in Lille, a 2001 Chateau Rieussec. It was like someone put a huge overflowing basket of ripe melons and pineapples on my lap and hired a cute exotic belly dancer to spoon feed me toffee dipped …

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Wine (Good for Women)

Seen today on a menu in Sapa, Vietnam. The differences weren’t clearly explained, only that the sex-specific wines were distinct types made of rice, and the ‘strength’ one from apples. I didn’t try any but now regret that decision.

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Four hours to kill at Vienna Airport?

There’s only one reasonable option, the delightfully Austrian-sounding Wine & More. It’s a comfortable and snazzy wine, cheese and specialty food shop/café with a decent sized offering of wines by the glass. I tried three but only took notes on two cuvees: Reinisch Reserve 2007 – A cabernet sauvignon/merlot blend …

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Roman Baggage.

No visit to Italy is complete without a quick wine shopping trip to push the limits of my baggage weight allowance. Any thoughts, suggestions, notes, and/or observations would be most graciously appreciated. Above: La Braccesca (Antinori) – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2006 – Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva 2005 – …

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Slovenian wine notebook

Actually, not really. But hopefully this pic taken yesterday in a friend’s cellar will act as reminder to catch up with a small stack of tasting notes assembled in recent weeks. This cellar is in the village of Vodol, near Maribor. I was kindly invited to select and take home …

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