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Frank Pagliaro
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Frank Pagliaro has been a Wilmington wine merchant since 1986 – Frank’s Union Wine Mart. He is the Team Host & Chief Wino of the FranksWine.com Marathon Team which gets fellow winos and runners together to train for a yearly Fall Marathon while raising money for children’s charities.
Domaine Houchart is owned by Geneviève, the wife of Jérôme Quiot, having been originally acquired by her great-grandfather. During the period of the 1850’s, Aurelien Houchart was an energetic proprietor and negociant in wine, and created one of the largest domaine in Provence.
Amongst the friends of Aurelien Houchart was the famous painter Cezanne, who frequently came to visit.
Domaine Houchart has fifty hectares (123 acres) of vines situated at Puyloubier at the foot of the famed Mont Saint Victoire only 11 miles east of sunny Aix en Provence.The grape varieties used are those traditional to Provence and balanced to give the best possible results, with ages of 30 to 50 years.  The vines are left untrelised on the ground in the traditional “gobelet” fashion, other than the Syrah and young vines, which are trained on wires. Harvests are picked entirely by hand for the white wines, half for rosé and reds.

Domaine Houchart 2011 Rouge


A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon this unfiltered beauty sings of Provence. The nose is of pepper, anise, leather and dark berries, with just a hint of the wild herbs (thyme, rosemary and savory) which grow abundantly around the vineyards. On the palate, the tannins are firm but ripe and well integrated (no stems here) into the massive fruit that this wine exhibits. Full-bodied, but with finesse and focus, we would drink this with pastas, grilled lamb, hearty stews and just about anything else that screams for a big, bold red wine that has plenty of finesse.

Domaine Houchart 2011 Rosé
 
Rosés in general are always a staff favorite here at FranksWine, where rosé season can extend well into November. (Have you ever had rosé at Thanksgiving? It’s great with turkey and all the fixins’!) A blend of Cabernet, Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, this dry pink is evocative of citrus and cherries on the nose, while the palate is more reminscent of summery peaches and apriocts. Clean, crisp and refreshing, this wine is perfect for grilled fish, with olives and capers or just lounging around in the sun. I love the electric pink color of this beauty!
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