Domaine Pierre Gonon: 2017 Vintage Report

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Last September, I visited Domaine Pierre Gonon as part of a trip through the Rhone Valley. The Gonon brothers are not flashy or hubristic, despite their acclaim. Throughout the visit, Jean made clear that their aim is to make honest, traditional wine. In fact, the first few steps into the winery, your eyes are drawn … Continue reading Domaine Pierre Gonon: 2017 Vintage Report

Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Spirited Mix of Oregon and Burgundy

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On a recent trip to the Willamette Valley, the first visit I scheduled was Domaine Nicolas-Jay. I was initially interested in tasting at Nicolas-Jay because I had heard wonderful things about the quality of the wines, but as a young winery, I haven’t seen many bottles on this side of the U.S. The winery is … Continue reading Domaine Nicolas-Jay: Spirited Mix of Oregon and Burgundy

The Not-So Lesser Wines of Great Winemakers

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The world’s best wineries and winemakers often make several different cuvees, and more often than not, produce different wines using different grapes from their top bottlings. Sometimes we are lucky enough that those winemakers also produce wines from the same varietals as their top cuvees, but at a more wallet-friendly price point. There are also … Continue reading The Not-So Lesser Wines of Great Winemakers

Paying Homage to My Personal Favorite Female Winemakers

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I have always felt that wine is an illuminating lens into the history of a place and a people. Similarly, wine is in many ways a social commentary. There is certainly class stratification within wine, whether those “in the business” actually acknowledge it or not. Within the world of wine, there are also issues of … Continue reading Paying Homage to My Personal Favorite Female Winemakers

Some Ugly Truths About Wine Travel

I have been fortunate enough to visit a number of wine regions in the U.S. and Europe. Those experiences were incredibly instructive and memorable, but there have been instances where I have left a winery or a region and felt disappointed. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is far more the exception than a rule … Continue reading Some Ugly Truths About Wine Travel

Tasting Note: 2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette

Recently, I was able to attend a tasting of Domaine Faiveley wines presented by Jerome Flous, the chief winemaker of the domaine. It was a riveting lesson in terroir, but perhaps more importantly, it was an amazing opportunity to learn about what the real essence of Burgundy winemaking is. As Jerome explained, it is a snapshot … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2016 Domaine Faiveley Mercurey Blanc Clos Rochette

Tasting Note: NV Noel Bazin L’Unanime Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

Champagne doesn't always have to be expensive. It can be high quality and good even when it doesn't come with the bells and whistles of a large champagne house. NV Noel Bazin L'Unanime Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne This makes for a great QPR wine. There was a pleasant nose of green and yellow apples, honey, … Continue reading Tasting Note: NV Noel Bazin L’Unanime Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne

Tasting Note: 2015 Dard et Ribo St. Joseph

Far too often, fine wine lovers obsess about aging wines and catching a wine at its absolute peak in the bell curve of satisfaction. There is hardly a science involved in finding the best window to drink a wine, and what is "best" means something different for every drinker. Quite honestly, a wine with age … Continue reading Tasting Note: 2015 Dard et Ribo St. Joseph

An Emerging Benchmark of Cornas

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The slopes of Cornas For the last few decades, the wines of the Northern Rhone have become some of the hottest wines to get your hands on. Most of the wineries in the region are small, family run operations that have been passed on through the generations. The syrah that is being produced, in many … Continue reading An Emerging Benchmark of Cornas

Cellar Note: 2000 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose

I should start by saying that I had this wine a few months ago at a Bordeaux tasting and was rather impressed. This bottle, unfortunately, did not live up to my expectations. The wine was garnet colored in the glass. There were aromas of plum, fig, peppercorn and forest floor. On the palate, I found … Continue reading Cellar Note: 2000 Sarget de Gruaud-Larose