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La Paroisse

On a hillside overlooking the culinary mecca of Roanne, Jean-Claude Chaucesse farms 140-year-old gamay that is beyond compare. In what year did the following occur? Edison makes electricity available for household use. Pulitzer buys the St. Louis Dispatch. First telephone installed in the White House. That would be 1878. Everyone on earth that was alive then has been gone for more than twenty-five years. (thinking about that makes me shake my head) This was also the same year

Puits de Compostelle

Oh hey, there! Yeah, those are just some fossils from my vineyard. No big deal. Emmanuel Rouquette is my kind of winemaker--down-to-earth, approachable, a hearty laugh, but also very business-like. He says to me, "You know Dan, I think this could be a hard sell to your customers. Who even knows about this place? How will they recognize the name?" We're talking about one of the prettiest corners of France, so obscure that not even our venerable TTB (the alcohol labeling bureau