Violette Wine Cellars is the importer, distributor, and retailer for natural and biodynamic wine where Richard Kzirian, long time friend of Ihsan and Valerie Gurdal, has challenged the wine scene for decades. Valerie reached out to chat with the wine pioneer himself about the industry and his perspective on how it has evolved in the last few decades. Ihsan and Continue Reading »
Previously, the Cambridge Formaggio Kitchen wine department took care to identify the wines on its shelves that were made from organically or biodynamically farmed grapes and with no — or minimal — applications of sulfur. Remember those little ladybug icons? It was a reasonable step to take, since a significant subset of our clientele expresses a Continue Reading »
There are a just handful of really hot topics in the world of wine right now and one of them concerns an approach to growing grapes that’s known as biodynamics. One way to describe it is as a set of farming practices that takes organic agriculture to another level and adds a metaphysical twist. But what does Continue Reading »
Juicy red fruit and acidity make Pascal Pibaleau rosé one of the best Loire Valley wines for a stormy New England September.
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 »
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!
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.
It was truly a pleasure to visit Claire and Fabio at Château des Rontets last October.