This year, my trip to Italy’s most renowned wine show, VinItaly, took on a different emphasis and dynamic. In previous years, navigating thronged pavilions of growers and tasters and trailing fellow importers was at center stage. This time, while those goals remained important, the focus was on introducing Jessica, a talented and emerging wine buyer Continue Reading »
This past April the Formaggio Wine Team took a pleasant trip to visit Sergio Mottura’s estate on our way to VinItaly 2014. We flew into Rome’s Fiumicino airport early in the morning and drove north-east towards Umbria. We eventually split off from the crazy A1 autostrada onto small, one-lane roads. Just along the northern border Continue Reading »
After an exhilarating five days of intensive tasting in and just outside of Verona at VinItaly, VinNatur, and Vino Vino Vino, my palate has been reinvigorated and my “wine speak” in Italian has once again been thoroughly challenged and expanded. VinItaly is Verona’s infamous wine expo that brings together over 4,000 producers in a cluster Continue Reading »
Sergio Mottura's family produces some of our favorite Central Italian wines, and a visit to their organic vineyard makes it clear why those wines are so great.
Organic foods are becoming more and more popular as consumers are educated about the dangers synthetic fertilizers and pesticides pose to our environment and to our personal health. We love picking up organic produce from small farmers at the farmer’s market, so why, in the world of wine, are organic wines often incorrectly assumed to Continue Reading »
We love our wines just as much as we love our cheese and we spend a lot of time tasting and arranging pairings that bring out the best in both. With time, we have come to appreciate a term that is perhaps overused in the wine world but which is often misunderstood: terroir. For us Continue Reading »
In celebration of Independence Day weekend, we’re featuring one delicious American wine.
We met Jean-François Deu walking down the rustic cobblestone in Collioure. The head of Domaine du Traginer had invited us to visit his nine hectares of vineyards in Banyuls-sur-Mer, and he warmly greeted us in front of one of the quaint Catalan eateries overlooking the Mediterranean. Collioure is a picturesque fishing town with a rich surrounding Continue Reading »
A delightfully crisp rosé from Denis Jamain of Domaine de Reuilly and one of our favorite summer bottles.
For the past few years, Gobelsburger’s Cistercian Rosé has been one of our best selling, most loved rosés, and a consistent favorite at staff tastings.
Marc Olivier is one of a handful of growers determined to showcase the pedigree of the local white grape: Melon de Bourgogne. You can smell and feel all of that clean, stony minerality straight through the finish of this wine. Paired with a nibble of salty, creamy Valençay, its quiet apple orchard fruit notes open up beautifully, and its minerally finish clears the way for another tasty bite.
A trip through the French Basque country is one of distinct sights, scents, and flavors. Rolling hills of green pastures are punctuated by craggy mountain peaks and deep valleys, and sheep are everywhere!