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Can answer questions on wines and wine-and-food pairings, including: Champagne, sparkling wines dessert wines. Also fortified wines such as sherry, Cognac, Armagnac and other brandy

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As a long-time editor and author, I regularly travel to wine and spirits regions around the world -- and write and edit articles on these topics. Intermezzo Magazine: Wine and Spirits Editor International editor The Tasting Panel: contributor contributor contributor


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2016-09-27 The Introduction of this Brand:

Hi,  I see that this brandy is made in France, but I do not believe it is Cognac. As such, it would not necessarily be produced according to the rules of Cognac's brandies. So the use of the word "Napoleon"

2016-07-27 wine bottle:

I believe this is a chianti called "Torre di San Gimignano" and the towers [torre] are landmarks in the city of San Gimignano in Tuscany.  Without knowing the vintage of the wine and the way it's been

2012-08-31 1962 Cruse Vin Rose:

As most rose wines are made to be consumed within a year or so, it's unlikely this will be a great bottle. Still, stranger things have happened.  I recommend chilling it and opening it as soon as possible

2012-08-30 1894 Croizet Cognac:

I think you have anticipated my answer: yes, do go to New York and have it valued by one of the wine auction houses there.  If you can prove provenance (storage conditions and ownership) you will need

2012-08-18 Camus celebration cognac 1963:

This celebrates the 100th anniversary of Camus Cognac.  There is no absolute price I can give you, as the price depends on the condition of storage and the condition of the bottle.    The best way to determine


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