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December 2017
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The Best Time to Love Wine

Late film director John Hugues

Film Director John Hughes

In honor of the 2009 passing of the great movie producer John Hughes…

Mathew Broderick preached wisely to the audience in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, when he turned to the camera and preached, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Amid the current economic turmoil, these words may have more meaning today than when the movie was released. Hunkering down has its place, but so to does smelling the roses when they are in bloom.

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Points vs. Preference While Wine Shopping

I was sitting around our dinner table on Thursday, sharing a couple different wines with my wife Karla and our friend Carol. In front of us was a chardonnay from South Australia, a cabernet franc from Oregon’s Columbia River, and a chenin blanc from Clarksburg.

Analyzing the qualities of all three, clearly the chardonnay expressed the most character, expression of place, length, and purity of fruit. The others were also very good wines, but were not quite as well rounded as was the chardonnay. The chard also scored the highest by a major “wine advocate”.

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