Think you know your Pessacs from your Pauillacs? See how you fare in these Left Bank Bordeaux Cup competition questions.

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  • Bartholomew Broadbent

    Yes, thanks, my father is doing well under the circumstances. Yes, TCV, now called the Winebow Group. Yes, Richmond needed change and it has completely changed. Unrecognizable. Today, one of the coolest cities in America, 20 years ago, one of the worst.

  • Jeffrey M. Davies

    Wow, that’s quite a story and I had no idea you’d left the Bay Area so long ago. Sounds like things are working out very well for you in Richmond though. My recollection is that Richmond was a city that could do with some much-needed change. So, you’re down the street from The Country Vintner, are you? Would love to come visit some day. In the meantime, I wish you and your family all the best for the holidays and the New Year. I trust your father is also doing well. Best, jmd

  • Bartholomew Broadbent

    Yes, Boxwood is good. Barboursville is the best. RdV is also notable as the first east coast cult winery. There are about 300 wineries. I moved 8 years ago! We have kids and SF wasn’t the best place to raise them so we were looking in Napa but didn’t find the right place. I saw a house in Richmond during a visit to the in-laws and said “if I could buy that house, I’d move to Richmond”. Timing was great because the wine scene was just coming into its own and, in the past five years, the restaurant scene has boomed. I think it is #2 per capita for restaurants in the country with over 700 independent restaurants for 300K residents [though I’m told Trip Advisor lists about 1,300 restaurants]. Thankfully, the city has changed beyond recognition. It used to be very conservative, now it is officially the hipster capital of America. Yes, our business has benefitted from being based here too. The biggest US distributor of wines over $10 is based 15 mins from my office and it happens to be our distributor for most of the east coast. Hope you visit some day.

  • Jeffrey M. Davies

    My goodness, I didn’t realize you made the move back to the Confederacy! Yes, I’ve heard that there are some pretty good Cabernet Franc-based wines being made there (Boxwood rings a small bell) and some decent Chardonnay as well (Piedmont?). Is the move because your business is now much stronger on the East Coast than it is on the West (if that’s not indiscreet on my part)?

  • Bartholomew Broadbent

    That would be nice except that I now live in Richmond, Virginia! You should visit here because the greatest wines on the east coast are in Virginia, some as fine as any wines made on the west coast.

  • Jeffrey M. Davies

    No, the royalty question was the one (yes, the only one) I got wrong.

    Look forward to sharing a glass of wine with you next time I’m in my hometown of San Francisco – and yours, now!

  • Bartholomew Broadbent

    Ha, good one. If you only got one question wrong, I bet it was a different question. Alas, I did terribly. I only knew 12 of the 20 answers. But, not too bad, considering that my company doesn’t sell any French wines.

  • Jeffrey M. Davies

    So, Bartholomew, are you suggesting that that’s the only question you got wrong!?! If that’s the case, we fared alike.

  • Bartholomew Broadbent

    I am really surprised that they would have inducted Prince Andrew into the Commanderie de Bordeaux or that he would have accepted. He told me that he didn’t like red wine because “it tastes like rusty nails”. Not a great advocate for Bordeaux! His ex-wife, the Duchess of York, would have made much more sense because she bought all the wine and my father advised her on which Bordeaux to buy.

  • Fraser Bailey

    A 75% success rate, much to my surprise.

    Based as much on literary knowledge as wine knowledge.