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A Week in Jerez

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A Week in Jerez

It’s 8AM, and I’m sitting in a very plushy chair on a tour bus in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Southwest Spain with a bunch of other winebuyers from the US. We are here by invitation of André Tamers from Demaison Selections, an importer of French and Spanish wines, to tour their artisanal sherry bodegas. André is all charisma. He walks like a tiny matador and has a smile that makes you want to do bad deeds. We are here to learn about sherry. To spend 5 days drinking sherry from noon till dawn, to see the vineyards and the towns, to dine in the...

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Corzano e Paterno

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Corzano e Paterno

Corzano e Paterno. Two hills a stone’s throw west of Chianti Classico in the Colli Fiorentini, purchased on a whim in 1969 by a retired Swiss architect named Wendel Gelpke. The place was a mess back then. The whole region largely abandoned as people left for the city and the promise of a desk job. Corzano had been a farm with few vines and olive trees, no modern equipment, and no electricity or running water. The farmhouses on the property were leftovers from the mezzadria days when families worked the land and split the profits with the land...

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Boston Harbor Distillery

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Boston Harbor Distillery

It’s 10:00 am on a Tuesday morning, 25° outside with a 30% chance of snow. I’m sitting in my car outside the Boston Harbor Distillery watching planes land over my head while I wait for my crew to show up. It’s their day off so I’m not totally surprised that they are dragging. We are here to do a tour and a tasting with Mark Sampson, VP of Sales. Mark has been in our store several times mixing up cocktail samples for our customers. He’s an enthusiastic ambassador for the brand and proves to be a gracious host....

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