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Cassoulet at the Kesslers 2015: The Main Event
BettyLu called us to table. We obediently filed into the dining room, peering at the
names on the cards, looking for our seats, pleasantly relaxed by the lovely
aperitif wines Lou had provided and eager for the meal to begin. From his marvelous cellar….wait...
From his marvelous cellar….wait…what?...what? Ah ha, Lou has decided to depart from whatever we thought the traditions might be for cassoulet by offering up a Vermentinu That's right, a Vermentinu. Or Vermentino. Or Rolle, as in let the good times. It is the Antoine Arena Haut de Carco ...
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From Ajaccio to Etna: Sciacciarellu to Nerello
When you’re a guest of the Kesslers, you’re assured of good
hospitality, food, and wine, and our most recent visit was no exception.
Rather, it was exceptional, even by their standards. “Just pizza,” said BettyLu. But some great pizza, and
matched with two ...
Our appetites were whetted by the 2013 Cuvée Faustine Rosé from Domaine Comte Abbatucci, a delightful, crisp, cranberry-lively mouthful of tartness and flavor base on the Sciacciarellu grape variety of Corsica, from the area of Ajaccio in the southern part of the island.
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Going Rogue (Valley): Red Blanket Tempranillo, Red Lilly Vineyards
Dining in Medford, OR, recently---and yes, that's possible; there are some good restaurants there, although few and far between--- and came across a delightful little wine from the Rogue Valley/Applegate area of Southern Oregon. Bolander's Lilly Photo from ...
Going Rogue (Valley): Red Blanket Tempranillo, Red Lilly Vineyards. Dining in Medford, OR, recently---and yes, that's possible; there are some good restaurants there, although few and far between--- and came across a delightful little wine from the Rogue Valley/Applegate area of Southern Oregon.
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Cassoulet at Kesslers 2015: The Quickening
It’s hustle and bustle time. 
All the people are arriving, with profuse hugging, air kissing and real
kissing, punctuated by exclamations of “Has it been another year already?” Lou immediately assumes his sommelier duties and steps
behind the bar to offer h...
Lou immediately assumes his sommelier duties and steps behind the bar to offer his selected wines for the aperitif hour. He has already opened them and tested for the dreaded monsters, the Scylla of cork taint and the Charybdis of premature oxidation. All wines were fine and free of flaw or ...
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Our appetites were whetted by the 2013 Cuvée Faustine Rosé from Domaine Comte Abbatucci, a delightful, crisp, cranberry-lively mouthful of tartness and flavor base on the Sciacciarellu grape variety of Corsica, from the area of Ajaccio in the southern part of the island.
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Let us speak of Teroldego Rotaliano...
Let us speak of Teroldego Rotaliano .  Let us specifically speak of the Bottega Vinaia Teroldego Rotaliano 2006 from the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Italy . Or, as a wholesaler said when I inquired about the wine from her vast portfolio, "Congratulations,...
Let us speak of Teroldego Rotaliano. Let us specifically speak of the Bottega Vinaia Teroldego Rotaliano 2006 from the Trentino-Alto Adige region of Italy. Or, as a wholesaler said when I inquired about the wine from her vast portfolio, "Congratulations, you've apparently selected one of the ...
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The Four Seasons of Cognac Cocktails, as expressed by Ms. Franky Marshall.

Spring: the Cognac Julep, fully dressed, with Park Fin Bois Organic Cognac.
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