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Negociant wines from Seattle’s Pour Fool

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 at 4:19 pm in Corkheads.

I really like The Pour Fool’s installment on negociants, the mad scientist folks who buy vinified wines from producers and then blend them to make them go from good to fantastic.

The role of the negociant was grossly under recognized in the United States, until folks like Joel Gott and his fellow thieves and of course Cameron Hughes became pseudo household (make that Costco) names.

When you find a negociant you like – Haystack Needle is the Fool’s recession fave – follow him or her to the ends of the earth; buy up their stashes, because they will run out; and remember that blends can change quickly in order to keep a popular wine in demand. Judging from his post, I can see that the Tempranillo and Bordeaux blend, both to be released on Nov. 1, will sell out.

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