We’ve long been enamored with grower Champagnes – those wonderful bubblies that are made and bottled by the very same people who cultivate and harvest the grapes. So trendy have these Champagnes become that it can easily be forgotten that the oldest winemaking tradition in this part of the world involves a relatively small group of specialty establishments who have a different approach to making the world’s premier sparkling wine. Known as the Grandes Marques, these houses rely mainly (but not solely) on grapes and wine purchased from select growers. What they contribute is artful sourcing and blending. These establishments bear some of the most recognizable names in Champagne: among them, Taitinger, Bollinger, Pol Roger, Moët & Chandon, and – the original – Ruinart.
The best way to appreciate the rich, nuanced character of Domaine la Bouïssière Gigondas is by comparing these three fantastic vintages!
Wine Buyer Stephen recommends a perfect holiday pair — Perbellini Panettone and frothy Torelli “Di Michela” Asti Spumanti!
Our Wine Team offers their top picks for the wines they’re most excited to give this holiday season.
As the seasons change we look forward to some of our most decadently delicious cheeses of the year. The perfect pair for these lavish, richly-textured delights is the biscuity, toasted depth of Montbourgeau Crémant du Jura.
Less known than Barolo and Barbaresco, the Alto-Piemonte (Upper Piemonte) is home to some equally amazing Nebbiolo wines. The Vallana family’s vineyard produces particularly elegant and charming bottles.