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Notes from the Cellar: A little taste of paradise in St. Chinian

by Jeff Cox, PCC Wine Guy Late morning in the Languedoc’s rugged hills just outside St. Chinian, the growing warmth of a late summer day chases traces of the previous...

by Jeff Cox, PCC Wine Guy Late morning in the Languedoc’s rugged hills just outside St. Chinian, the growing warmth of a late summer day chases traces of the previous...

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Notes from the Cellar: Still on the road, more or less

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser Truckin’… I’m a goin’ home. Whoa whoa baby, back where I belong, Back home, sit down and patch my bones, and get back...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser Truckin’… I’m a goin’ home. Whoa whoa baby, back where I belong, Back home, sit down and patch my bones, and get back...

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Notes from the Cellar: Bitter. Sweet.

by Jeff Cox, Beer and Wine Merchandiser “… bitter notes of grape skin, crushed rocks, iodine and forest floor wrapped around a core of focused sweetness. Confit, pure fruit essence...

by Jeff Cox, Beer and Wine Merchandiser “… bitter notes of grape skin, crushed rocks, iodine and forest floor wrapped around a core of focused sweetness. Confit, pure fruit essence...

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Notes from the Cellar: Heresy

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser “We don’t want market share, we want it all.” — E & J Gallo It wasn’t long ago (in geologic terms, at least)...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser “We don’t want market share, we want it all.” — E & J Gallo It wasn’t long ago (in geologic terms, at least)...

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Notes from the Cellar: Qué Syrah! (What Syrah?)

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser The aromas deliver on the alluring, purple promise that fills the glass: sun-baked, deliciously rustic, with a telltale waft of smoky bacon that...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser The aromas deliver on the alluring, purple promise that fills the glass: sun-baked, deliciously rustic, with a telltale waft of smoky bacon that...

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Notes from the Cellar: Make a list, check it twice: part I

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser The Holidaze are upon us. There are hoops to jump through, boxes to check, rituals to observe and retail races to run. Eat...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser The Holidaze are upon us. There are hoops to jump through, boxes to check, rituals to observe and retail races to run. Eat...

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Notes from the Cellar: Snake oil

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser Throckmorton calls ’em the way he sees ’em. A rose is a rose, a spade is a spade and snake oil is snake...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser Throckmorton calls ’em the way he sees ’em. A rose is a rose, a spade is a spade and snake oil is snake...

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Notes from the Cellar: Sur la route (On the road)

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser (Montpellier) — “Bonjour,” she says. “Bonjour,” I reply. “Vous voulez deguster?” Yes, indeed, I do want to taste. Six days into this trip,...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser (Montpellier) — “Bonjour,” she says. “Bonjour,” I reply. “Vous voulez deguster?” Yes, indeed, I do want to taste. Six days into this trip,...

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Notes from the Cellar: Running laps

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser Lily Tomlin once wondered whether life is too short to take “**it,” or whether life is too short to mind “**it.” When you...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser Lily Tomlin once wondered whether life is too short to take “**it,” or whether life is too short to mind “**it.” When you...

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Notes from the Cellar: Everywhere

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser Circling the first roundabout leaving the airport in Montpellier, you encounter the common directional sign indicating Toutes Directions. “All directions,” literally, or “everywhere,”...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser Circling the first roundabout leaving the airport in Montpellier, you encounter the common directional sign indicating Toutes Directions. “All directions,” literally, or “everywhere,”...

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Notes from the Cellar: Resolve, et cetera

by Jeff Cox, Beer and Wine Merchandiser There comes a time when birthdays and brand new calendars make a person think. As more and more calendar pages find their way...

by Jeff Cox, Beer and Wine Merchandiser There comes a time when birthdays and brand new calendars make a person think. As more and more calendar pages find their way...

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Notes from the Cellar: Seven squared

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser “Wine improves with age, I like it more the older I get.” — Anonymous After a couple of glasses, there comes a crossroads....

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser “Wine improves with age, I like it more the older I get.” — Anonymous After a couple of glasses, there comes a crossroads....

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Notes from the Cellar: In other's words …

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser There’s nothing quite like starting your day with a caffè doppio in Milan and finishing it with a Maritime Pacific Ale in the...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser There’s nothing quite like starting your day with a caffè doppio in Milan and finishing it with a Maritime Pacific Ale in the...

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Notes from the Cellar: Sustain this

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser “In every deliberation we must consider the impact on the seventh generation … even if it requires having skin as thick as the...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser “In every deliberation we must consider the impact on the seventh generation … even if it requires having skin as thick as the...

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Notes from the Cellar: Good intentions

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser If the highway to hell is paved with good intentions, I’m definitely doing my shift on the road crew of the damned. Yes,...

by Jeff Cox, Wine and Beer Merchandiser If the highway to hell is paved with good intentions, I’m definitely doing my shift on the road crew of the damned. Yes,...