The cave complex at Areni, Armenia houses the world’s oldest known winery. ARENI, ARMENIA. As caves go it isn’t the sort to attract attention. There are no souvenir shops on the approach and no dramatic lighting within intended to highlight the kind of fantastic calcified structures that are so beloved of spelunker-wannabe tourists. There is Continue Reading »
This week we’re featuring one of our new favorite wines made by our friend Johannes Leitz in Germany’s Rheingau region. You may already be familiar with Leitz’s delicious Dragonstone Riesling or his perky Eins Zwei Dry, both bright, refreshing, and easy to love. We’ve recently started carrying Leitz’s lovely Rheingau Spätburgunder Weissherbst Sekt Brut. Simply Continue Reading »
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.
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.
I Clivi’s principal, Ferdinando Zanusso, feels Ribolla is even more acclimated to producing sparkling wine than Chardonnay, given its prominent acidity and great minerality.
We checked in with our lead cheese buyer, Kurt, to see what he was recommending for this New Years Eve. He put together a selection that hits all major milk types – cow, goat and sheep – while covering a range of textures and cheese styles. And, they all pair beautifully with sparkling wines!