The holiday season is upon us, and once again this year we’ve asked our wine buyers at both shops to recommend the wines they’re most excited about gifting this year. These are not every day wines, but rather special bottles that you will want to gift or sip with loved ones. If any of these wines strike your fancy let us know so we can set a bottle (or more) aside for you, as some of them are rare and available in very limited quantities.
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Posted in Christmas, Hanukkah, Holiday, New Year's, Wine, tagged 1979 Kopke Colheita Port, 2005 CUNE “Contino” Rioja Reserva, 2012 Domaine Comte Abbatucci "Cuvee Faustine" Rouge, 2012 Domaine Tempier "Cuvée Classique" Rouge, Bandol, Corsica, food, food gifts, France, gift ideas, gift wines, La Cigarrera Amontillado VOR, La Rioja, Mourvèdre, Portugal, Provence, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Sherry, Spain, Tawny Port, Tempranillo, Wine on December 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Cheese, Wine, tagged Chardonnay, cheese science, Comté, Domaine Montbourgeau Crémant du Jura, Försterkäse, food, Fort Sainte Antoine, French wine, Harbison, Jura, L'Étoile, Nicole Deriaux, Préférés de nos Montagnes, Savignin, sparkling wine, Wine on December 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
As the seasons change and the pastures are coated in frost, we look forward to some of our most decadently delicious cheeses of the year. Grass-fed milk is often prized for it’s buttery, vibrant yellow-orange color and mouth-watering flavor. These qualities are most present in cow’s milk alpine styles, like Comté or Gruyère, where beta carotenoids from grass (the same compound that give’s carrots their color) provide that deep yellow color and diacetyls, produced in fermentation, give us that characteristic “grass-fed” flavor. Summer’s milk is lean and grassy, making it a perfect raw material for harder, longer-aged cheeses with longevity and elasticity (try bending a piece of Comté). However, for the lavish, richly-textured, scoopable delights of the holiday season there is no substitute for winter’s milk. When the cow’s move off pasture and temperatures drop, their diet shifts to primarily hay and grain, and they produce less milk at each milking. As a result, the milk is much richer and sweeter and significantly higher in fat, protein, and lactose. This milk is ideally suited to making those soft-ripened cheeses that pair perfectly with a holiday meal, the globular palate-coating beauties that sink in to every nook and cranny of a crusty baguette.
These kind of winter-milk cheeses pair perfectly with the Montbourgeau Crémant du Jura, one of our favorite sparkling wines for tyrophiles (cheese-lovers).
Posted in Italy, Wine, tagged 1960's vintage, Alto-Piemonte, Campi Raudii, food, Gattinara, Giuseppina Vallana, Italy, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Piemonte, red wine, Vallana Wines, Wine on November 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in France, Producer Profile, Wine, tagged Ajaccio, Alain Courrèges, Corsica, Domaine de Vaccelli, fall, food, Lamb Chops, Maquis, Meadowood Farms, red wine, Sciaccarellu, Wine on October 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
France’s Île de Beauté (Island of Beauty) lies one hundred miles south of France’s Côte-d’Azur and just over fifty miles west of Tuscany. This wildly majestic island enjoys some of the hottest, driest conditions in all of France (it holds the record for the most annual sunshine), and is where the Greeks first cultivated vines back in the 6th Century BCE. Despite this long history of production, it was not until the 1960s, when a horde of skilled wine-makers fled Algeria (the so-called French pieds noirs) for Corsica, that it became known for wines of quality of distinction.
Posted in France, Wine, tagged Agly Valley, Carignan, Clot de l'Origine, food, France, French wine, Grenache, Languedoc, Marc Barriot, Roussillon, schist, Soif de Plaisir, Syrah, whole cluster fermentation, Wine on October 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Southwest of the Languedoc lies Roussillon, a region that has too often been reduced to mere suffix. Roussillon stretches from the river Aude in the north to the border of Catalonia in the South. In the West, the snow-capped Pyrenées rise above 2500m in places, with the jagged peaks of Pic du Canigou at 2,786m (9.140ft) above sea level. A sharp descent eastward brings you to back to the stifling heat of the Mediterranean coastline, where Vin Doux Naturels reign supreme. Roussillon is primarily known for these wines, which are made from partially-fermented grape juice that is fortified with alcohol before it fully becomes wine. Made from the most common regional varietal, Grenache (whether is be Noir, Gris, or Blanc) , these aperitif “wines” benefit from early ripening fruit in some of the hottest, driest vineyards in all of France. Overall Roussillon produces 90% of all French Vin Doux Naturel, the most famous of which is Banyuls, made in the southeasternmost corner of the region. In Banyuls-sur-Mer, Grenache grapes are grown on steeply-terraced schist slopes, allowed to shrivel on the vine, fermented, fortified, and aged in barrel for years at a time at which point they can achieve a depth comparable to vintage port.
Posted in France, Wine, tagged biodynamic wine, Couronne de Touraine, Galet du Cher, Grolleau, Loire Valley, organic wine, Pascal Pibaleau, rosé, Selles sur Cher, Valençay on September 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Close to the town of Tours in the heart of the Loire Valley, Domaine Pibaleau sits nestled between two of the region’s historic Châteaux: Azay-le-Rideau and Langeais. The 12 hectare Domaine Pibaleau has been family owned and operated since 1886. Here Chenin Blanc, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Grolleau are grown on organically farmed sandy-clay soil near the banks of the river L’Indre. Domaine Pibaleau has organic certification, and they work according to biodynamic principles.