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.
It was truly a pleasure to visit Claire and Fabio at Château des Rontets last October.
Here are our top ten food picks for 2013 as chosen in our internal staff survey – plus a few honorable mentions!
This year, we decided to let each of our wine buyers choose their number one pick for a Thanksgiving wine. Here we have an Italian bubbly from Gemma, an off-dry German white from Julie, and a French red from Jessica. Happy sipping and have a safe and delicious holiday!
If we had our way, every other wine article would feature Beaujolais. That’s why this post features three Beaujolais from three different towns, just in time for holiday sipping!