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Anthony Gismondi on Wine

Week in Review

Wednesday, January 22 2020
01 · 22

New Year, New Wines

The source of our title is the first Top Ten of the year, where Treve suggests we begin with a sense of adventure by replacing "Dry January" with "Try January". The goal is to get out of a rut and try something new, maybe a new grape, or an exciting new region. One region you should consider trying, or revisiting, is Languedoc-Roussillon. Dismissed by visitors to France wanting to check off iconic stops further east or north, it's often second choice to better known wine regions as well, and it shouldn't be. Take a look at our short film on the region for reasons why, featuring iconic L-R winemaker Jean-Claude Mas. Another inspiration could begin with a new cheese, especially one recommended by our expert Allison Spurrell. Look for Magie de Madawaska, along with our pairing suggestions. Don't forget, you can search our database of tasting notes using one or more of 15 variables. The notes are updated daily by our team, and there are more than 30,000 published notes for you to access, free, as always (and nearly 2000 notes from 2019 alone). Happy exploring. 

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Treve Ring
From the TreveHouseby: Treve Ring
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