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Simply Irresistible - Dinner at Ch. Palmer

by Chuck Hayward

Ah, Monday. Officially the beginning of en primeurs, and as per our usual M.O. we hit the ground running. Appointments were stacked back to back to back to back and a hectic pace was kept all day (complicated by horribly wrong directions as well as excruciatingly slow restaurant service, but that's an entirely different story).

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Thuning Up The Palate - Bordeaux Day 2

by Chuck Hayward

Here we are in Bordeaux once again! As I sit here with some (extremely rare) spare time, trying to recall what little French I can, it feels good to be back for my third go-round of en primeurs tastings. Especially so considering that there has already been a lot of talk about the 2009 vintage as compared to my previous two trips for the '07 and '08 vintages. These should prove to be an excellent reference point going into this highly touted (and frankly heavily hyped) vintage.

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