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IWM's Most Popular $25 Wine and Spring Cellar Cleaning with French Reds
April 29, 2014
A Note from Sergio

When a wine enthusiast meets wine producers for the first time one of the most telling questions you can ask is what they drink at home--other than their own wine. It can tell you a lot when a Brunello or Barolo maker drinks mostly Burgundies, or when a Super Tuscan producer drinks mostly Bordeaux or Hermitage. As much as there's a rivalry between French and Italian producers, there's also grudging respect. After all, when Cupano's Lionel Cousin wanted to make wine, he worked with fanatical biodynamic Burgundy maker Henri Jayer to glean his secrets.

When you wine-lovers meet wine producers for the first time, one of the most telling questions you can ask is what they drink at home--other than their own wine. It can tell you a lot when a Brunello or Barolo maker drinks mostly Burgundies, or when a Super Tuscan producer drinks mostly Bordeaux or Hermitage. As much as there's a rivalry between French and Italian producers, there's also grudging respect. After all, when Cupano's Lionel Cousin wanted to make wine, he worked with fanatical biodynamic Burgundy maker Henri Jayer to glean his secrets. People may be fiercely patriotic, but inspiration knows no borders.

Yesterday, we began our spring cleaning with Italian reds; today we continue with French reds (Click here for full PDF). This progression makes sense--not only because it follows the way IWM itself has expanded from its base of Italian wines into having one of the largest cellars of French wines in the States, but also because when you get down to it, so much winemaking is intertwined. There's no reason why you can't love the whole world of wine, and this list of almost 200 French reds will crack open your heart with love.

Along with these exceptional French reds, I'm delighted to announce that I managed to secure a third allocation of Collemattoni Rosso di Montalcino 2010. It's one of IWM's fastest selling under $25 wines, and when you taste it, you'll see why we're now selling through allocation number three. But don't hesitate. If this allocation is anything like the previous two, it'll pause in our cellars before it flies into yours.

Enjoy!


Today's Featured Sections Include: 

 

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Collemattoni Rosso di Montalcino 2010, an Under $25 IWM Client Fave
2. Our Experts Suggest: Exciting Spring Wines from Sicilia to Sassicaia  
3. Only At IWM: IWM's Spring Cellar Cleaning, French Reds!
4. Wine Events: Kentucky Derby Tasting of the "Race for the Roses"
 

My Best, 

  

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Sergio Esposito
Owner/Founder