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Damn, Alice. This is a beautiful piece of writing. (But it's not my favorite.)


and Didier is right about that vintage thing.


Hank, I think it's more madness thank writing.

robert ames

greetings alice. sounds like a good old fashioned too-dang-much-winter funk. it's been long here too, but you've certainly got us beat. i saw the first snowdrop bud yesterday.

Melanie Brown

I hope that your thoughts of feeling that you are clapping with one hand have passed. In any case, maybe this will give you a little nudge in the right direction.
I live in Alaska and the wine situation here is dominated by major brands, but my curiosity about wine leads me to order wine to be shipped or airfreighted in and I have found that your wine writing has been the most useful guide and has lead to the most pleasant discoveries.
Recently my partner initiated an order and the list of wines that I chose, most of which I found in your book, were complimented by the wine dealer whose opinion was that I had an "interesting palate." I would love to take the credit for that, but it is due you.
Recently I was in Portland and Seattle and tried to find any Clos Roche Blanche, but to no avail. Hopefully it will be my pleasure to experience it someday.
Thank you for your writing and for the paths you have lead my tastebuds on.


Hello Melanie, Amazing. Thank you for letting me know. Very touched by your note and am delighted that you were able to find an air lift into Alaska! Congrats on your determination.

Clos Roche Blanche has decreased its production, however if you can find T. Puzelat's Cot, (In cot we trust) you'll find a brilliant expression of grapes from a very nearby plot with plenty of the same characteristics and it's another favorite. But I hope you can find some of Didier's and Catherine's wine, if only for connection.

Thank you so much for reading.


Alice, you're never alone if you have a good bottle of wine. Take it in hand and together you can dance beneath the stars!


I also read your writings quite religously, and credit you for telling me things about what I was tasting, wnd why wines are lovely or not. Thanks for that. I think blogging, and writing is always a solitary persuit, however any time you want a serenade, and to share a wine, let me know!

Vinos Ambiz

Try hanging out with JoséPastor for a few days! Should cure you of anything you may be suffering from :) Hang on in there - spring is coming - the days are getting 60 seconds longer every day!

Joe Dougherty

Didier told me that 2008 was "Our best mildew harvest ever!" Not a total stoic.

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