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To right. Great book, but he ignores a lot of great wines at his own prices in favor of very large brands (as he did in previous editions). "The Palate. . ." (lol) has a nice book of deals under 25 . . . but he also ignores a lot of great wine at that price as well. I'd be curious what you think is showing very well this month as the last set of recommendations I gleaned from you were great (and yes, clarine was among them!). Hope to see you soon,


I know you're beef is with the brands, Alice, but it's also such a specious argument, Cava vs DP in a blind tasting. Have you ever tried a young Dom Perignon? They are searingly acidic. I would forget about them for 15-20 years. Cava is meant to be inoffensive and nice. Of course it would win. It's like comparing a 08 1st growth claret with a Chilean cabernet. That's not to say DP is worth the money. . .


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