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At last month’s Wine Media Guild’s luncheon there was a bit of a showdown between the Malbecs of Argentine and Cahors.  In the front room of Felidia’s we had 15 wines from Argentina, and three from Chile.  In the back there were nine bottles from Cahors.  I attended this tasting hoping to challenge my general dislike of Malbec, in all its fruity roundness.  But I couldn’t help my preference for the brambly, rustic Cot, and so, after tasting though a few bottles from the southern hemisphere, I charted my escape to the north.

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Last month, Adam Morganstern of the Organic Wine Journal, met with us to discuss organic and natural wines.  Without regional restrictions, we picked up a few bottles of organic, sustainable, and/or natural wines, some certified and labeled, others not.  “When you see organic on the label,” said Adam, “someone’s gone through a lot of work. Hopefully it was worth it.”  And while such certification requires adhering to a prescribed list of practices, it also requires a truckload of cash, and the patience to process a sh*tload of paperwork.

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Ed Burley’s Escaping Robert Parker, premiered at the Bryant Park Hotel on Monday night, which began with a social hour and four of Jules wines.  The film is described as “A love story about a winemaker, his wine, and the man trying to come between them…” which seems partially right.  The protagonist, Jules, certainly appears to be on a love quest.  There are many references made to his single status, and indications that girlfriends come and go.  As he travels around the world lugging cases, we see that his heart is in the bottle.  However, for a film about a burgeoning winemaker swimming upstream against the current of Robert Parker, there is very little of Robert Parker in the film.  Is Parker named in the title to draw an audience?  Or is he–or at least what he could buy the winemaker in terms of success– the girl for whom our protagonist pines?

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