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Château de Brézé has a long and storied history, first being mentioned in texts in 1068, lauded by King René of Anjou in the 15th century and served at all the royal courts. In 1957, when the AOC of Saumur Champigny was established, the owner of Château de Brézé refused to be part of the appellation, saying that his estate's vineyards were the best and deserved an appellation all their own. And he was probably right. Unfortunately, the wines from those exceptional vineyards were terrible. Lucky for us, the winery sold in 2009 to Le Comte de Colbert, who recruited Arnaud Lambert from nearby Domaine de Saint Just to make the wine. He changed the vineyards over to organic farming and began producing truly stellar wines worthy of their source. The 2012 Château de Brézé Clos David is all estate-grown Chenin Blanc raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. It has the slightly-oxidized note of a great White Burgundy and a lovely richness that allows it to pair with a variety of foods.

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Wednesday
Nov242010

A Thanksgiving Cocktail

Photo courtesy of White on Rice CoupleLet's face it, Thanksgiving can be a little stressful. All that traveling, all that cooking, all that family. So why not warm everyone up with a cocktail or two? And of course, since this is Thanksgiving, shouldn't that cocktail be based on the quintessential American spirit: Kentucky Bourbon?

The Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, which is currently on sale for $19.99, comes from America's oldest distilling site and has been named Wine Enthusiast and Malt Advocate Distillery of the Year numerous times since 2000. The whiskey is smooth, with mellow toffee notes, and is perfect for mixing.

If you can get your hands on some fresh tangerines, I'd highly recommend mixing up the Kentucky Sidecar proffered up by the White on Rice Couple, but if they're scarce, I'd mix up the Grapefruit Moon from the Cocktail Chronicles. (And, frankly, if you could work some Tom Waits into your Thanksgiving feast, you'd be my new hero.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We'll be back next week.

Leah Greenstein

Thursday
Nov182010

Talking Turkey: An Ex-Pat Thanksgiving

Editor's Note: Everybody celebrates Thanksgiving just a little bit differently, which is why we've been hitting up some of our winemaking friends for some of their Thanksgiving recipes and wine pairings, which we'll be featuring over the next week. To me, no Thanksgiving meal is more intriguing than that of an American abroad--with all the inherent tweaks to incorporate local food customs and wines. Michael Affatato of Bordeaux's La Gatte was quick to share his family's tradition. And while Michael prefers older Bordeaux at his Thanksgiving table, we think his wines, with all their classic Bordeaux character, would make excellent pairings, too.

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Thursday
Jul152010

Boozy Confections

Dear Sprinkles,

This is the hardest letter I've had to write, so I'm just going to get straight to the point. After countless carrot, red velvet and coconut cupcakes I'm leaving you. You see, I'm in love. And this time my sweets are spiked.

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