Domaine Les Aphillanthes 2015 Clementia Blanc Côtes du Rhône

This blend of 45% Viognier, 45% Roussanne, and 10% Clairette is exactly what I have in mind for fall. Helene and Daniel Boulle’s Domaine de Aphillanthes has a well earned reputation for producing rich, bold yet balanced wines from their deeply rooted vines just outside of Rasteau. This wine illustrates the attributes of the grapes[…]

I myth you

One of the enduring mysteries about wine is why people find it so…mysterious.  Wine has been around for at least 5,000 years, long before wine critics thought up ‘points’ and Napa Valley became the Disneyland of Vines. There is really not much mystery to it…the technical process has been pretty much worked out and agreed[…]

Jean-Louis Tribouley Côtes Catalanes IGP Les Bacs 2013

Jean-Louis Tribouley and his wines exemplify the region. After careers as a carpenter and social worker, Tribouley received his professional baccalaureate with a specialization in viticulture and oenology, at the Lycée in Beaune, in Burgundy. In 2001, with his wife and daughters, he purchased vineyards in the southwest,   along the French side of the Pyrenees,[…]

2014 Domaine Gachot-Monot Côtes de Nuits-Villages

Damien Gachot’s genius is found in his ability to balance traditional philosophies in the vineyards and respect of terroir with more contemporary methodologies in the cellar. He manages to achieve suppleness and approachability without sacrificing authenticity, typicity, or age-ability. The wine itself? Dark red fruit aromas, followed by velvety smooth flavors of dark cherry with[…]

Better Together

Everyone knows that wine and cheese ‘go’ well together. The obvious topic then would be what wine works well with what cheese. That’s actually pretty easy to figure out. Point of origin matters, i.e., Brie with Beaujolais. But more importantly, acidity matters. So, the rules are: young, soft, creamy cheeses pair with crisp, citric wines, mostly[…]