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Ever wanted to try a bottle of 1927 Cockburn vintage port (certainly a contender for port of the century.)  Or a 1947 Ch. D'Yquem (the best sauternes I've ever swilled!)  How about the 1986 Heitz Martha's vineyard (you'll discover what all the hoopla concerning mint and eucalyptus is about.)   No!  Well read no further.

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Woman's Quote of the Day:

"Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it's our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something with which you'd like to have dinner."

Man's Counter-Quote of the Day:

"Women are like fine wine. They all start out fresh, fruity and intoxicating to the mind and then turn full-bodied with age until they go all sour and vinegary and give you a headache."


  • CHAPTAL, [Jean-Antoine-Claude, Comte de Chanteloup] (1756-1832).   L'Art de faire, gouverner, et perfectionner les vins. Par le citoyen Chaptal, ministre.... Edition originale, soule avouee par l'Auteur.

    Paris: Delalain fils, Libraire, quai des Augustins, no. 29; de l'imprimerie de marchant; An X - 1801. 8vo., half-title, title page, 194 pages, table of contents leaf, new endpapers. Sympathetically rebound in antique style with half-leather and marbled boards and pastedowns. Red leather spine label, gilt titles. Deckled fore-edge. FIRST edition, FIRST issue.   $2195.00

    Fine condition with the following blemishes: light pencil marks bracketing a few paragraphs with   } ; one line underlined; some light foxing to the half-title and title; dark stains on the last two leaves; one repair patch to a leaf-head not affecting text.


    A rare work -- rarer still in the first issue, this is a keystone volume for any comprehensive collection on the history of wine and wine making. Chaptal was an active chemist and man of the Enlightenment and in 1790 gave us the name still used for the most abundant earth element: nitrogen.

    K. Bitting #83 Gastronomic bibliography. San Francisco: 1939; W.A. Cole #248, Chemical literature 1700-1860. A bibliography. Mansell: 1988; G. Oberle #949/950 Les Fastes de Bacchus et de Comus. Belfond: 1989; G. Oberle #118 Une bibliotheque bachique. Collection Kilian Fritsch. Paris: 1993; Pigeire, La vie et l'oeuvre de Chaptal, pages 171-172, Paris; Querard, La France litteraire. Vol. II, p. 130, Paris: 1827; A. Simon #18 Bibliotheca Vinaria. London: 1979; Vicaire #164 Bibliographie Gastronomique. Paris: 1890

  • [BEER]. The maltster's sure guide; containing explicit abstracts of all the laws relating to the duties on malt; with tables for moneying the duties, from one bushel to nine thousand; and directions for the management, from the cistern to the kiln. By a maltster, late an officer in the excise. London: Printed for J. Parsons; 1796. 8vo., 36 pp. Plain wrapper. Slipcased. $150.00

    Very good. Institutional bookplate.

  • PHIN, John (1830-1913). Open air grape culture: A practical treatise on the garden and vineyard culture of the vine, and the manufacture of domestic wine.... to which is added a selection of examples of American vineyard practice. New York: C.M. Saxton; 1862. 12mo., 375 pp., illus. Blind stamped boards with gilt spine title & grape cluster. FIRST edition. $250.00

    Spine sunned to brown from the original green. Tips bumped. Foxing in varying amounts throughout.

    -- Gabler 32440

  • [CATALOGUE]. Sherry Wine & Spirits Co., Inc. catalog with original order form. Produced in late 1962. Ca. 11 x 14 inches. 23 pages, of which eight are full-page, linoleum-block cut, color prints by Picasso. We are pleased to be able to include, with this item, a stand alone, original linocut from this suite of eight. $450.00

    Fine condition. Picasso began his foray into linoleum-block prints around the age of eighty; these are among his first published efforts. As was his style, he transformed an essentially 'school-craft' into a serious, professional endeavor by introducing new refinements and techniques. He printed from only one block the two or three colors chosen for his 'linos'. The process is described in the Catalog in an article by Dr. Alfred Frankfurter on page 6.

  • CHORLTON, William. The American grape grower's guide. Intended especially for the American climate. New York: Orange Judd & Co.; n.d. [ca. 1869]. 12mo., 204 pp., 8 pp. ads., frontis, illus. Green cloth, gilt spine title, blindstamped fillets on boards. $150.00

    Very good. Head, tail, tips showing wear. A very few isolated flecks of foxing.

    Chorlton's guides to cultivation of European grapes under glass were based on his experience as gardener to J.C. Green, Esq. of Staten Island. Chorlton gives a long list of European grapes suitable for indoor cultivation and on page 115 suggests the American varieties Isabella, Catawba, Diana, etc. for outdoors. There are additional chapters on all aspects of cultivation. -- Gabler 16220

  • CHORLTON. Another copy, but 1865. No ads. Different address for the publisher than the copy above. Boards very heavily decorated in blind stamp. Gilt spine title & grape cluster. $195.00

    Two tips worn, else fine. -- Gabler 16220

  • FULLER, Andrew S[amuel] (1828-1896). The grape culturist: A treatise on the cultivation of the native grape. New York: Printed for the author, by Davies & Kent; 1864. 12mo., (ii), 262 pp., ad leaf, (i); 150 illustrations. Gold & blind stamped cloth. FIRST edition. $100.00

    Poor condition. Top half inch of backstrip missing, binding and tips worn. Lacking last free fly. Gilt grape cluster on spine; large gilt grape leaf, tendril and stem on front board; same embossing (though in blind) on rear. Owner's particulars pencilled on front flies, including the date, March 1864.

    Gives directions for planting, training, grafting, etc. Native grapes are emphasized, foreign vines are confined to indoor cultivation and hybridization. Pest control is covered. This was one of the most popular American texts and numerous revised and enlarged editions were published by Orange Judd including 1865, 1866, 1867, 1894, 1899 and 1907. -- Gabler 21090

    Many more books to come (once they are catalogued!)

    Sorry, we haven't loaded any paraphernalia here, yet!

    ******* AND NOW, THE WINES! ********

    BREAKING NEWS! 16 May 2005
    The U.S. Supreme Court has finally broken the old laws barring wineries from freely shipping their wines to any state in the union. Wineries will now, it seems, be allowed unfettered access to customers in any state without fear of legal reprisal!

    [For a detailed state by state analysis of what you are allowed to have shipped, go to the American Vintners Association or the Wine Institute's  Internet Sites. Also check out Free the Grapes! and their WINE MAP.]

    The following sections may be of quick help but be sure to check out the above web sites as laws are in a state of flux.

    States where wine shipments are legal via Ground or Air
    AK, CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, MO, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, NV, OR, RI, WA, WV, WI

    States where wine shipments are limited by law
    AL, CT, DC, HI, LA, ME, MI, NJ, OH, OK, PA, VT, WY

    We ship to these states via Ground only. Expect at least 5-7 days for delivery. If you request a shipment to one of the states above, with receipt of your order, we assume you have met the criteria required by your state and can legally receive a shipment of wine from another state. Contact your state's liquor control board for specific information. You may also provide an alternative shipping address from one of the less restrictive states in the first list.

    States where wine shipments are prohibited
    AZ, AR, DE, FL, GA, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MS, NH, NY, NC, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA

    We are prohibited from shipping wine to any state in this list -- the so-called 'felony states.' Please provide an alternative shipping address from one of the states in the first (or second) list.


    All wines are sold in Montana and title passes to the buyer in Montana. We make no assertion on the legal rights of anyone to ship or import alcoholic beverages into any state outside of Montana. The buyer is solely responsible for shipment of wines. By placing this order with your credit card, check or money order you authorize Coup de Foudre, LLC to act on your behalf in processing and shipping your order, including engaging a common carrier to deliver your order. Wines may be sold and delivered ONLY to persons who are at least 21 years old. In placing your order you represent that you are at least 21 years old and that the person to whom delivery will be made is at least 21 years old. The person receiving delivery of your order will be required to present identification proving that he is at least 21 years old. Orders returned to us for lack of such proof will not be eligible for a full refund of monies paid by you, the buyer, for merchandise plus shipping! All wines in our list are subject to prior sale and our prices may change without notice. All of our wines are stored in a cool cellar, however, as is the tradition in the wine trade, all bottles over 10 years old are purchased at the buyer's risk. We generally will not ship via ground carrier in the summer months, nor when the temperature here or at the buyer's end is expected to be below 40 F. degrees. We insure all orders at purchased value and bill the buyer as part of shipping. Buyers should be aware, however, that their claims may be difficult to collect on because of states's alcohol policies.

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