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!
Clos Centeilles’ Côtes du Brian Blanc is a white wine made from 4 antique varietals – Araignan Blanc, Riveirenc Blanc and Gris, and Carignan Gris – from vines that Patricia rescued from a local nursery, planted, and fostered.
A delicate, understated Savoie white from Gilles Berlioz, made of 100% Jacquère, is the perfect compliment to one of my favorite aged Sardinian goat’s milk cheeses, Pantaleo. Coupled with some thin slices of exuberantly tart kumquats, I get all the sunshine and scents I need to make it through the deep-freeze of winter.
A half-bottle of Champagne is the perfect size for starting off an evening of romantic dining for two!
Last fall, I had the opportunity to visit the winery of Jean David, in the town of Seguret in the southern Rhône valley.
Every year, when January’s winds hit, and the temperatures settle down to numbers that are far too low for my liking, I hibernate with something inspiring to sip: like a delightful Oloroso Sherry from the windy, sun-soaked southern coast of Spain.
Here are a few treats from our shelves that we look forward to savoring all year long – wines we save for special occasions, just like this month’s holiday gatherings.