Our Christmas Table.
The waiting game. Most fine wine imported to the US isn’t ready to drink. Once it arrives, it’s usually either sold quickly and drunk too young, or stored in imperfect conditions and damaged. Smart wine buyers are wary of old bottles on wine store shelves. And that’s why we love to find older vintages still […]
No-Oak Chardonnay. $16
Violets, Licorice, Red Burgundy.
Violets in Vosne. If there’s one tasting note we most often jot down for wines from Vosne-Romanée, it’s violets. Berries, earthy notes, and spices appear frequently as well, but we think it’s Vosne’s elegant floral quality that sets it apart. We’re not the first ones to pick up on this, mind you. Centuries ago, as […]
Wine for a leisurely lunch. $16
The French are famous for their leisurely lunches. From noon to two the entire country pauses, and an effort to accomplish anything during this period – renting a car, scheduling a tasting, even buying a loaf of bread – meets an answering machine or a stuttered window.
The Perfect Winter White. (15% off)
There’s hardly a better winter white wine than a good Pouilly-Fuissé. The best wines from this appellation are rich, full, and soft. Our favorites persist in the mouth for quite a while, maintaining balance between acidity and roundness. We’ve never had a better Pouilly-Fuissé than those from Michel Forest.
2013 Holiday Gift Guide
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Plums and Earth.
Most of our wines come from small-scale producers you’ve likely never heard of – but not all of them. The Domaine de l’Arlot is one of Burgundy’s great names, and their wines appear in the finest restaurants and cellars around the world.
Pure Grenache, Candied Cherries
Blending is the norm at the Mas Foulaquier, our winemaker in Pic-St-Loup in the Langeudoc – but it’s not the rule. Foulaquier’s only unblended wine is the Petit Duc – 100% grenache, and perhaps the most interesting wine they make.
Cherries and Roses on the RN-74.
The Route Nationale 74, known as the “Route des Grand Crus,” is the main road running North-South along the Côte d’Or in Burgundy. Though often filled with hurried French drivers traveling at imprudent speeds, the route narrows every few kilometers, slowing to a crawl as it meets tiny towns and giant tractors.
Syrah from the Roasted Slope.
We find that wines grown in sunny climates are a nice antidote to the long, grey winter. The best bottles from the Rhône and Languedoc have an attractive sun-drenched quality to them. And though many fall into the trap of over ripeness, careful vignerons can accomplish delicious balance.
Julia Child and Chablis.
In her memoir “My Life in France,” Julia Child recalls her first meal on the continent – a lunch of sole meunière in Rouen with her husband. It’s the dish that sparked her great career in cooking: Julia records a Pouilly-Fumé with this dish, but our choice would have been a Chablis.
A red for the long winter.
Last month we visited the Mas Foulaquier in Pic St-Loup, about 30 minutes inland from the Mediterranean coast. Their sun-drenched, bucolic stone farmhouse is perched on a gently sloping hill, overlooking a small valley full of vines.
If there's one thing we miss most from our old shop in Washington, it's the chance to taste wines with our customers. We loved showing people new wines they might not have bought without a taste. And if there's one wine we most wish we could show to customers, it's this one: Franz Dahm's Bernkastel Riesling trocken 2011.
Asimov’s Thanksgiving Selections
We don't carry any of the wines in Eric Asimov's "Wines for Thanksgiving" column in the New York Times. But most of his selections are in the same styles as many of our wines. Here's a list of Eric Asimov's favorites:
White Burgundy and the Napoleonic Code. $20
For most of Burgundy’s history, winemaking estates descended without interruption from father to eldest son. But in 1804, Napoleon’s Code Civil abolished primogeniture, forcing all children into inheritance, and producing Burgundy’s complicated patchwork of estates.
Lemon and Gardenia: Grand Cru Chablis
Like the Côte d’Or, Chablis is divided into village wines, premier crus, and grand crus. There are eight grand cru vineyards in Chablis, all in a row on the side of a hill. At their best, Chablis Grand Crus are in the same ballpark as Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne. But it’s in price that Chablis really sets itself apart.