DeVine Inspiration

A journey into the world of wine

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Picnicking on Canal Saint Martin. Parisian Level 9 Attained

My goal has been to be as inconspicuous as possible while in Paris. I spend my time googling things like What style coffee do Parisians drink after lunch? , What is considered a typical breakfast in Paris? , or even How do Parisians get onto a crowded metro car?  These are all very important questions, and…

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Bordeaux is Where the Heart is

It was me versus 15 six-year-olds, and I’ll tell you that there is no one more staunchly French than six-year-old Parisians. “I don’t want to learn English,” they told me, “French is better.” Although I agree, I had to find a way to get them to listen to me, and you can only sing head, shoulders, knees,…

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Or maybe I should move to Corsica – 2012 Ajaccio

This past weekend, I moved into a new apartment, and ever since I’ve been figuring out where to buy all those little things you have in a home that you generally don’t think about like fruit bowls and drying racks. It’s been exciting, but mostly just stressful. So you’ll understand my anxiety when my worst fear came…

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Home, Sweet Home

I’d been preparing myself for the last 10 years for exactly what I was about to do. I was standing at the check-in counter with my entire life in a suitcase and a large backpack. I wasn’t even nervous because in fact nothing in my life had ever felt quite so right before. And to the chagrin of my parents watching…

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Washington Cabernet Sauvignon. American wine isn’t so bad after all.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been drinking nothing but American wine. It was part of my New Year’s resolution to start appreciating the wines grown and produced closer to me, but just like everyone telling themselves they’ll lose weight this year, I’ve hit a few roadblocks along the way. One example of the difficulties…

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Zinfandel, the all-American Grape

The holidays are finally coming to a close, the air is crisp and cold, and the shortest day of the year has just passed. Warm stew seems appropriate. Lamb is one of the few meats that I can full-heartedly say I really like, and better yet, the wines that pair so nicely with it are some…

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Beaujolais – it’s not just for turkey

Please, no more turkey. This November, the Flower family somehow managed to cook three full turkeys on three different occasions. At first I was excited, but now any desire to eat turkey again has been satisfied for a very long time. There are only so many ways to eat leftovers, and what I’m thankful for this year…

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2013 Piesporter Goldtropfchen – Droplets of Gold

I was having chef’s block again. I could not for the life of me find something to cook. I had a strong desire to make something vegetarian. One of those easy concoctions of sauteed vegetables that I am so accustomed to after those long years of vegetarianism. But, the only way to get my father…

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2010 Balitore – an Italian Gem

Last week I said something mean about Italian wine, and although I did not mean to offend, I realize I need to fix this wrong. Italy is the home to where I discovered my love for wine, and I still dream of one day returning to explore the vineyards I once trekked through, but with a different purpose….

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2012 Chateau de Castelneau: the overlooked white Bordeaux

After a series of exhaustively busy days, it can be hard to fit in a real meal after work. The notion of making the long trip to the grocery store and having to search for the necessary ingredients in still unfamiliar aisles is daunting as heavy lids from bright computer screens weigh down your spirit….

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