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Jura Wines, Comté, and the Definition of Success

  Vincent Van Gogh believed that most of his 800 or so paintings were failures (an assessment shared by most of the art world at the time). Today, even “minor” Van Gogh pieces are prized by museums and collectors. Novelist Pearl S. Buck once remarked that “some of the biggest failures I ever had were Continue Reading »

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A Mission to Switzerland: In Search of Cheese Excellence

Switzerland was our focus. Leaving France behind, we arrived in Villeneuve on the shores of Lake Geneva (Lac du Monde) to meet with Bernard. Immediately, we were swept up and driven north into the Alpine hills and mountains of Gruyère.

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A Resplendent Rosé

A delightfully crisp rosé from Denis Jamain of Domaine de Reuilly and one of our favorite summer bottles.

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Visiting Fromageries Marcel Petite with Ihsan and Valerie

Last fall, I had the opportunity to travel to the Jura with Ihsan and Valerie, owners of the Formaggio Kitchen shops, and visit Fromageries Marcel Petite, affineur (or ager) of Comté cheese. All cheesemongers on our counters hear a tremendous amount about Fort Saint Antoine where Marcel Petite ages their finest wheels – it is a Continue Reading »

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Champagne History and a Mild Rant

The Champagne region of France was the first to make very serious bubblies, and is still considered to be the best producer of fine sparkling wines.

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Putting the Bubbles in Bubbly Wines

When we pop the cork of a sparkling wine at a party or for a celebratory moment, we release a flurry of bubbles. How do those bubbles get in there? There are several ways that it can happen.

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Poilâne Bread: Classic, Delicious and Absolutely Parisian

If you love good bread, chances are you will be familiar with the name Poilâne. We started working with Lionel Poilâne in the mid-90s, flying his bread in each week to supply a small, but growing group of customers who had developed a taste for his bread while traveling abroad.