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Hi Mr. Wagner.  I will be in Provence (Marseilles, Arles, Menton) June 24 - July 2, 2015. Would like to know if a wine retailer or two would likely have Adolph Mueller Niersteiner Gutes Domtal Spatlese, or similar German wines?  The American importer was of no help.  By the way, I saw in another of your posts that you have taught at GGU.  Got my J.D. there 1974.  Great town to visit now, but who can afford the rent?  

HI Jay

It's pretty unlikely that a wine shop in Provence would have a selection of German wines.  French wines shops are among the most provincial in the world.  They'll have a selection of Rhone wines, some Champagne, and maybe a few bottles of Burgundy or Bordeaux...but the idea of them selling German wines would drive them crazy.

I wish I had better news for you.  I love German Rieslings (my wife complains that we drink too many!) but I buy them here in the USA or in Germany...not in regional wine shops in France!

Hope you have a great trip--and that you get to taste so great wines while you are there.

Paul Wagner


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Wines of the world, wine a food matching, wine and food service questions. I currently teach Wine courses at Napa Valley College, am an international wine judge, written many articles for publication, and have been a guest speaker at way too many wine conferences to remember. 25 years in the business. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, I authored the definitive book on wine marketing: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market by The Wine Appreciation Guild, which won the Gourmand International Award in 2008 for the best wine book for professionals! With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, I host a radio show and podcast called Bottletalk at, where I answer questions about wine and food on the air.


30 years in the business.

Society of Wine Educators, Academy of Wine Communications, American Wine Society

Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine, Fine Wine Journal, les Amis du Vin Journal, Society of Wine Educators Journal, and more.

I have taught at Napa Valley College for the last twenty years.

Awards and Honors
Spanish National Wine Fair: A lifetime dedicated to wine award. Espaderino della Castelania di Soave in Italy.

Past/Present Clients
Wineries include Caymus, Wente, Parducci, Shannon Ridge, Paul Dolan Wines, Vigilance, and others. Wine regions include the Union des Grand Crus de Borcdeaux, Union des Grands Crus de St. Emilion, Consorzio di Chianti CLassico, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Consorzio di Franciacorta, Rioja Alavesa, and others.

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