Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most widely planted grape. Best known for its starring role in the great wines of California and Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is a cross, likely spontaneous, between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon blanc — a fortunate gift from the winemaking gods. Its potential for aging is unrivaled.
If Burgundy is the heart of the Pinot Noir universe, then Vosne-Romanée is the heart of Burgundy. Celebrated for eight centuries and boasting some of the world’s most sought-after wines, Vosne-Romanée is considered Mecca for Burgundy enthuisasts and Pinotphiles around the world.
In our search for expressions of terroir, we never tire of sampling local flavors. Oysters from Belon, chèvre from the Loire, butter from Isigny -- these foods represent their regions as much as any stony Chablis or rich Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
With more than 400 million bottles produced each year, Côtes du Rhône might be the best known brand in the wine world. And as you might expect from a category this broad, there’s an enormous range of style, price, and quality. It’s a perfect wine for cold weather, well-suited for wintertime meals and snowy evenings.
We've always found it hard to get too excited about New Year's celebrations -- but we'll take any excuse to gather family and friends for a fancy dinner. So we've put together a mixed case of four wines for a complete New Year's Feast. Whether you're celebrating the end of this year or the beginning of the next, this case will help the transition.
We've put together four mixed cases of Champagne and sparkling wines for your New Year's celebration. Options start at $17.5/bot, mixed cases are discounted up to $99, and East Coast shipping is FREE. Order deadline for New Year's Eve delivery is Monday 12/28.
Each region in France has its own distinct identity. To drive across the country is to pass through a remarkable diversity of cuisines, traditions, accents, history, and, of course, wines. Each winegrowing region offers a different set of grapes and flavors, and we think there’s no better expression of a particular corner of France than its wines.
The “Hautes-Côtes” are an exciting part of Burgundy these days. Warming temperatures and the pursuit of value have driven winemakers into the “higher” (hautes) terroirs above the Côte d’Or. The wines from these hills may not have the staying power of wines from the terroir below them, but the best are early-maturing, fresh, and essentially Burgundian.
It’s easy to forget just how small the scale of winemaking is in Burgundy. The entire town of Chambolle-Musigny, for instance, has a population of 320 and covers about 430 acres, less than a square mile. But the wines from this tiny town have been highly sought after since the 15th century.
Muscadet has long a favorite by-the-glass wine at oyster bars around the world. And we’ll admit that there is little else (except perhaps Chablis) that washes down a plate of raw oysters so well as a brisk glass of Muscadet. Until recently, Muscadets were inexpensive and uncomplicated -- a delicious wine cheerfully lacking in ceremony and grandeur.
In the debate about the value of material goods vs. experience, most assume that goods create greater satisfaction because they’re less fleeting. Science suggests, however, that experiences actually provide longer-lasting happiness. We like to think that wine is a perfect mix of the two.
Everyone knows of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The famous appellation was heralded by French popes in the 1300s, then rediscovered by Robert Parker in the 1980s. The wines can be truly extraordinary -- (watch next week for a special 9-year-old CDP) -- but are usually at “special occasion” prices.
Burgundy is a region that mixes simplicity and complexity. From just two grapes -- chardonnay and pinot noir -- the Burgundians craft an astoundingly diverse array of wines. Some Burgundies take years or even decades to mature, while others are drinkable right out of the gate. Getting the timing right depends on vineyard, winemaker, vintage, storage, and other factors.