COMMENT: Jim Sanders taught thousands over decades in his wine classes in Atlanta. Although a product of the Deep South, Jim was more French than anything. After World War II, where he was wounded five times in the Pacific campaigns, he went to France, bicycled the countryside and found his passion in wine and food. He learned to cook in Lyon and Paris and met Armand Cottin, president of Labourie-Roi and through this brotherly friendship, developed his own cuvee of 179 Burgundies garnering numerous awards. Each day, in the rear of his retail wine shop in Atlanta, Sanders served most anyone who came in wonderful dishes he prepared along with countless bottles of perfectly paired wines. There was no charge. On the eve of his death in 1999, Jim Sanders entrusted me with his wine notes, lectures, stories and recipes. I found one typed story about an evening long ago when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stopped by and enjoyed a bottle of Burgundy and some good conversation.
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