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Champagne’s terroir problem

by  |  01-04-2019

The train to Champagne departs Paris every hour at 36 minutes past from Gare de l’Est. While the carriages might be from an past era, the trip isn’t long with the congestion and sirens of... more » The train to Champagne departs Paris every hour at 36 minutes past... more »

The 2017 Wine Predictions in review

by  |  18-01-2018

It’s one thing in wine to shoot your mouth off at the beginning of the year about what you believe will come to be in the next 12 months. In reality, it’s a crapshoot as... more » It’s one thing in wine to shoot your mouth off at the... more »

A book review of “Essi Avellan’s Champagne”

by  |  16-08-2017

What I know of Champagne is purely by obligation. In sommelier studies and other wine courses, given its dominance in the sparkling wine world, Champagne is required knowledge and I know as much as it... more » What I know of Champagne is purely by obligation. In sommelier studies... more »

Why not to drink sparkling wines in a Champagne glass

by  |  31-07-2017

For most of July, I’ve been drinking a lot of sparkling wine. While it would seem a natural fit with the hot weather (and it’s not just my imagination) I’ve been tasting a vast array... more » For most of July, I’ve been drinking a lot of sparkling wine.... more »

Wine Predictions for 2017

by  |  28-12-2016

This is of course that time of year when anyone writing in wine sets forth their grand predictions for this next trip around the sun. Yay! They can sometimes be interesting but, despite its slow... more » This is of course that time of year when anyone writing in... more »

Cava versus Champagne

by  |  30-12-2015

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner and having slogged through multiple bottles of sparkling wine during the Christmas meals, I felt it a good time to talk about Champagne and Cava. One should... more » With New Year’s Eve just around the corner and having slogged through... more »

The Torroja harvest tasting

by  |  02-11-2012

We were fortunate enough to be in Priorat during the fall harvest party (or festa de la verema) that was put on by Trio Infernal and Terroir al Límit this last week, in the small... more » We were fortunate enough to be in Priorat during the fall harvest... more »

The holiday bubble question

by  |  28-12-2011

Based upon the history of Champagne, one could argue that it is nothing more than the result of red wine attempting to be produced in the wrong climate and now drank because everyone wants to... more » Based upon the history of Champagne, one could argue that it is... more »