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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 PalatePress.com: International editor The Tasting Panel: contributor Gayot.com: contributor iwineradio.com: contributor

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Recent Answers from Becky Sue Epstein

2016-12-02 Croizet cognac:

Other people have asked this question before, and the best answer is to take it to the finest wine shop or auction house in your area to have it valued -- for a variety of reasons. Bottle values vary over

2016-11-04 Bollinger chapagne:

Hi Joanne,  Most Champagne is not vintage dated; there is no year of harvest (no vintage date) on the bottle.   This is because, in order to preserve the House Style of their particular Champagne House

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

 

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