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In The Glass: Domaine Changarnier – Pierrefitte 2014

by  |  11-05-2021

The thankless chore in tasting wines from Bourgogne (*) is the never-ending quest to find those that you can not only enjoy but also that you can “readily” afford. This was a large part of... more » The thankless chore in tasting wines from Bourgogne (*) is the never-ending... more »

In The Glass: Famille Perrin Gigondas La Gille 2016

by  |  06-05-2021

The name, “Perrin” might not immediately bring up any wine associations to many people. I would like to remind you of those days back when we could fly freely and plentifully. There on many of... more » The name, “Perrin” might not immediately bring up any wine associations to... more »

A Southern European selection of François Lurton

by  |  03-05-2021

François Lurton is but one member of the vast Lurton family, long-established in Bordeaux. If you’d like to read up on their history, I’d recommend having a look at this article as I would but... more » François Lurton is but one member of the vast Lurton family, long-established... more »

1999 Vintage in Priorat vs. Châteauneuf-du-Pape

by  |  15-02-2021

While my memory is less amazing with each birthday, I can tell you exactly where I was at the beginning of 1999. Two friends came down from my hometown on December 31st, 1998 so that... more » While my memory is less amazing with each birthday, I can tell... more »

In The Glass: André Clouet Brut Millésimé 2008

by  |  27-01-2021

And now for something different as I don’t really drink much Champagne. I know, I know, it’s horridly sacrilegious as I’ve been told repeatedly by many a colleague in the UK wine trade. But, being... more » And now for something different as I don’t really drink much Champagne.... more »

In The Glass: Clau de Nell – Grolleau 2011

by  |  21-10-2020

I adore grape variety summaries such as these: “Widely planted though little recognized”. Where some may see that as meaning a variety exists in a sea of bland obscurity, I see it as a challenge.... more » I adore grape variety summaries such as these: “Widely planted though little... more »

Searching for Cinsault… in France

by  |  26-08-2020

Trying to grasp the world of wine is all about drawing parallels which is why I contend that the Southern French grape, Cinsault is the up-and-coming Malbec for a new age of wine drinking. What... more » Trying to grasp the world of wine is all about drawing parallels... more »

In The Glass: Domaine Cauhapé – La Canopée 2017

by  |  17-07-2020

The region of Jurançon in Southwest France has a white heart. With the principle grapes of Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng as well as smaller amounts of Lauzet, Courbu, Petit Courbu, and Camaralet de Lasseube... more » The region of Jurançon in Southwest France has a white heart. With... more »

Going virtually to Burgundy via their new maps

by  |  22-06-2020 ~ 1 Comment

In regards to the issues surrounding wine events during this pandemic, a mighty fat bummer was the cancellation of Grands Jours du Bourgogne, a week-long event that takes places over the various subregions of Burgundy,... more » In regards to the issues surrounding wine events during this pandemic, a... more »

2020, the gift that keeps on giving

by  |  11-06-2020

Starting in March it became readily apparent that 2020 was going to be a real slog for wine. When restaurants, bars, and hotels are closed due to a global pandemic, wine doesn’t sell which is... more » Starting in March it became readily apparent that 2020 was going to... more »