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Why German Cars are From the Left Bank and Japanese Cars are From the Right Bank of Bordeaux

Why German Cars are From the Left Bank and Japanese Cars are From the Right Bank of Bordeaux

Heather’s car is ten years old, and as it’s time for a new car, so, we’re in the middle of car shopping. And, since we seem to translate nearly everything into wine, while test driving a number of cars we had a realization that the German cars we test drove were like the wines from the Left Bank of Bordeaux while the Japanese cars were like the wines from the Right Bank of Bordeaux. Let me explain.

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If You Like Murphy Goode Homefront, You May Also Like…

If You Like Murphy Goode Homefront, You May Also Like…

If you like Murphy Goode Homefront, you may also like… these California red blends. Welcome to our first ever, If You Like wine blog. The idea is founded from a joint effort between First Pour Wine and 10K Bottles. For our inaugural edition, 10K Bottles founder Heather Lipp suggested Murphy Goode Homefront, a bottle that millennials are drinking nightly. With that foundation, Heather threw the ball over the fence to me to pick out the wines Murphy Goode Homefront would be going up against.

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5 Insanely Great Gifts for Wine Lovers

5 Insanely Great Gifts for Wine Lovers

If you have a wine lover in your life and want to give them an insanely great gift for Christmas, Hanukkah, or some other occasion, then this is the blog for you. First off, skip the musical wine glasses and automatic wine bottle openers. Forget the kitschy monogrammed corks or glasses. Wine lovers want useful things that won’t just collect dust in the back of a cupboard.

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The 20 Most Legendary Wines in the World

The 20 Most Legendary Wines in the World

Not infrequently people ask me – have you had this famous wine or that famous wine? (Quick answer: yes, I’ve had Screaming Eagle; yes, I’ve had Latour; no, I haven’t had Petrus; no, I haven’t had DRC.) But that makes me wonder, what makes a legendary wine, a wine people want to ask with a touch of awe whether you’ve ever tried it? It’s certainly not total sales or popularity – people never ask me if I’ve had Yellow Tail, Concha y Toro, Manage a Trois, or Two-Buck Chuck. Rather, there’s some unclear combination of price, exclusivity, but also renown and legend that makes certain wines ones that people always talk about in hushed tones.

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Worth the Splurge: 2014 Franny Beck Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

Worth the Splurge: 2014 Franny Beck Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

October’s Worth the Splurge is a wine with bright and bold fruit, a simple elegance and is strikingly crystal clear. In late August of 2016, we were doing our first ever tour of the Willamette Valley wine country and wanted some small, boutique winery suggestions. Thanks to a recommendation from Stub of Cork Envy, we definitely got small and boutique along with intimate with Franny Beck. As a small, two person team, Franny Beck currently doesn’t have it’s own tasting room. When space allows, they borrow a tiny spot (a.k.a. a wine barrel outside) from Johan Vineyards. We tasted with owner and winemaker, Michael Sterling. Michael spent his early career, as he puts it, ‘doing everything wrong’ that you could to a wine and aimed to create a wine with Franny Beck that’s the exact opposite.

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