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Although born in Canada (Sherbrooke, Quebec) in 1950, I’ve been a long time resident of New England. I first got interested in wine while i was in college in the 1960s and I’ve been fortunate enough to follow my passion and grow my wine cellar to more than 1,000 bottles of wine from many of the most important wine regions of the world including Burgundy, Bordeaux, and northern California.

Wine is a part of our family’s every day life. I don’t invest in wine, I buy it by the case in order to reduce the per bottle price enough to afford the good stuff. For example, the savings I accrue by carefully purchasing a good 2nd growth Bordeaux en primeur (as a future 2-3 years before it’s released) in a good vintage can amount to more than 50%. I couldn’t possibly afford the wine otherwise.

I do my best to taste wines locally wherever I go. Vineyards are part of the rural landscape in much of the country today and of course many parts of the world. Spending a day or two while on holiday in a new place can be richly rewarding. For example, two years ago my daughter, Kate and I visited Napa after a wedding in Santa Cruz, south of San Francisco, and a local told us to visit nearby Venge Vineyards. Our visit resulted in personal relationships with the owners and an opportunity to purchase world class wine that is is produced in very limited quantities. The cellar now sports several cases of their Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

I’ve started this blog to share my knowledge, however limited it is, and wine experiences with family, friends and others who find the blog and think it’s interesting.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jon permalink
    December 22, 2010 3:13 am

    Hey Neil –

    What are the chances you can do a few posts about grad school budget (i.e. no budget) friendly wines? I recently introduced one of my roommates to the Windows on the World Complete Wine Course (thank you, again) and the Wine Bible (which, admittedly, I managed to steal when Amelia and I moved to Seattle) – both have been out on the dining room table almost daily since. Bottom line: I know a few grad students/recent graduates who would love some reviews/recommendations on very affordable wines (that aren’t swill).

    • December 22, 2010 12:17 pm

      Sounds like a plan….

      My next post will be on the subject but I’ll need to surprise you…. 🙂

  2. Kathy permalink
    December 25, 2010 10:57 pm

    Hi Neil. Jon showed me Kate’s blog and it led me to yours. Neat blog. I am going to clue Allie and Brian in to the post you wrote about their operation. I think they would be flattered.
    Also, I’m gonna follow your blog as we know next to nothing about wine. Thanks for sharing!

    • December 26, 2010 12:46 am

      Thanks Kathy!

      Brian’s wines are truly amazing and his future as a winemaker is assured.

      Merry Christmas.

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