Wine with Oysters

I presume that oysters as a digestible food product were discovered in the hunter/gatherer phase of human development. Archaeologists have testified to the prehistoric importance of oysters as food, with findings of shells with other food waste in Australia dated at ten thousand years.They have been cultivated in Japan from at least 2000 BC. In[…]

My Favorite Wine…December 27, 2017

My Favorite Wine… this week anyway  Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut Champagne is first and foremost a place, then an ideal, and only then a wine… But, as a wine, each Champagne ‘house’ has developed its own style, its own taste profile and its own signature. In the case of Laurent-Perrier, that signature can be expressed in[…]

Champagne? Of course!

“I drink it when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.” ~ Lilly Bollinger Madame Bollinger was right,[…]

Ah, Burgundy….

If you’re of a certain age, you remember the TV show MASH. In one episode, one of the characters, Cpl. Radar O’Reilly was attempting to woo the heart of a nurse, but was concerned that he was ‘culturally’ outclassed. He was told that, whenever the topic of classical music come about, he was to nod[…]

Champagne Tasting: December 16, 2017

Cava Avinyo Reserva Brut 2014 Regular Price $16.99 Sale Price $12.99 For this reserve bottling, the typical trifecta of Spanish Cava grapes–Parellada, Xarel-lo, and Macabeo–are employed. Only free-run juice of the pressed berries is fermented. It then spends time in oak barrels before aging 24 months in bottle on the lees. The resulting soft mouth-feel,[…]

Northern Rhone Tasting: December, 9 2017

Home to the spicy Syrah, or Shiraz, and the floral Viognier grapes, the northern Rhône Valley is one of France’s oldest wine-growing regions; its appellations include Hermitage, Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Crozes-Hermitage, St-Joseph, and Château-Grillet. François Villard ‘Les Terrasses du Palat’ Condrieu 2014 Regular Price $68.99 Sale price $54.99 Condrieu is the home of Viognier, and Viognier[…]

Wine Assembly Line

  Lets face it…wine is maddening. And not because it’s difficult to make; the transformation of grape juice into wine is really pretty easy. The other variables in play is what makes wine confusing. For sure, ‘where’ is hugely important, but ‘where’ is also not easily defined. Often the ‘where’ doesn’t clearly define the elevation[…]