John Selman, Realtor, Broker, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Carefree

Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Rosé , my bargain fave!

Allimant Laugner Cremant d’Alsace Rosé , my bargain fave! People keep asking me what the name of my favorite bargain sparkling rose was. Well, this is it!This Crémant Rosé is a sparkling wine produced in Alsace by champenoise method, with the juice on the skins just long...
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A Valentines Caviar Treat

Caviar with Blini and Crème Fraiche for Lovers Required (for a dozen blini): 40 grams Caviar (1.43 ounces-for those, not quite so sure about caviar try a smaller amount of caviar, more crème fraiche), 1/2 cup crème fraiche, 1 dozen pre-cooked Blini-Thawed. *Heat blini at 300...
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FHA Loan Limits drop in January, anxiety and activity now in the $275-$400k range

The expected drop in FHA loan limits has been announced. Properties must be under contract by the end of the year, with the rate registered and locked in, to use the old FHA loan limits, when the house closes in 2014. Anyone searching or selling in the $275k-$400k range will be...
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Low Mortgage Rates: Scaring me with graphs

Lately, I have seen horrifying short-term graphs that show the rise in interest rates this year, and as much as I tell myself its all relative, I get fearful. So this morning, when a mortgage banker displayed the Chart Freddy Mac puts out with the rolling 5-year and 30-year fixed...
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The Dog Portrait

A couple of friends who had never been in the Malibu wine store, asked me about the dog picture at the top of the email, and it occurred to me that a lot of people might not know the story behind the painting that hung in Malibu Village Wines. The two Newfoundlands depicted are...
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Alberto Serenelli Afro Marche I.G.T. Barrique 2004

These bottles were our Friday night delight. We were hoping for a big, rich wine with some old world style and charm, and it brought the goods. This is a great wine choice for someone raised on California or other New World trophy wines who wants to try an Italian red, just a...
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Ch. Ausone 2000 Magnum

Saturday night, we pulled out a big bottle of this trophy Bordeaux. Like all of the other famed producers of Bordeaux, who jumped on the Robert Parker style bus, this is a fruit monster compared to older bottling. But, boy is it fun when the bottle is good. My luck has not always...
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Rock ‘n Roll ‘n Wine

Reflections on a few bottles shared with rockers on the road. I have a bumpy history when it comes to enjoying wine with musicians performing concerts. The wine drinkers are usually great to hang out with, have fabulous stories, and love a good time, people, food and wine. They...
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Custom Territorial Retreat Above the 11th Hole at Private Troon Country Club

$1.495M 5,660 square feet This craftsman-constructed, custom Territorial vacation retreat on its acre lot, overlooking the 11th hole of the private Troon Country Club, can’t be replicated for anything close to this price. An elegantly subtle, yet majestic home, precisely situated...
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