Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 63, How to Wine Show, October 29, 2018

In this blog I am going to give you some tips on “How to Wine Show”, to get maximum value out of your time at a wine show. I am also going to give you an amusing wine trade’s perspective on how we, the general public, present ourselves to the trade when we attend their shows. The season for wine trade shows is upon us once again. As in previous years I will once again be attending this year’s La Grande Dégustation scheduled for November 1st – November 3rd at Place Bonaventure in downtown Montreal. This is the largest wine trade show in eastern Canada, always well attended (Quebecers love their wine). This year’s themes will be Italian wines, the Pinot Gris grape, and Gin. Tickets are $18.00 at the door, or $15.00 if bought in advance. Tasting coupons are $1.00 each, and most wines will cost between $3.00...

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Reg’s Wine Blog – Post # 17, May 10, 2016 A tribute to Etienne and Jean Hugel, gone but not forgotten

When I wrote and published my blog post # 6 on February 19, 2016 I indicated in that post, which was a review of the New Years tasting we did of Hugel’s 1976 Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive SGN, that I would write an upcoming future post about our 1986 visit with Jean Hugel as it would tell a wonderful personal story about Jean Hugel, who passed away in June 2009. Little did I know at the time that this post would also be a tribute to his nephew Etienne, who passed away suddenly at age 57 just 4 weeks ago on April 9th, 2016. Jean Hugel lived a life full of passion for his wine. He was both an ambassador for Alsace wines around the globe, and a tireless promoter of his beloved Hugel wines. Under Jean’s capable management Hugel wines grew to become internationally known and acclaimed. When our family...

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