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Charles Puglia is the beverage director of the James Beard Award–winning restaurant Le Coucou in New York City, where he oversees a heavily French-influenced wine list, with more than 900 selections from great producers throughout France. Previously, Puglia was the wine director for the iconic farm-to-table restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, New York. He has been a sommelier at Jean-Georges and the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City and at Gaia restaurant in Greenwich, Connecticut; he was also the wine director at Greenwich’s Palomino restaurant. Puglia is currently a student at the Court of Master Sommeliers; he earned his advanced sommelier certificate from the court in August 2011, and is now pursuing his Master Sommelier certification. He received his advanced certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust in 2009.
Here, Puglia tastes a wine from our sponsor Loire Valley Wines. The Loire Valley is made up of five distinct wine regions—from east to west, they are Pays Nantais, Anjou, Saumur, Touraine, and the Centre-Loire. Each of these regions possesses its own characteristic grapes, appellations, and wine styles. The Loire’s offerings run the gamut from reds, rosés, and…
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