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Checking in on the Jura:  Puffeney 2007 Poulsard M

Checking in on the Jura: Puffeney 2007 Poulsard M

It has been a minute since I have checked in on the Jura.  A couple years back, Jura seemed to be on the tip of every wine geeks tongue and on the hippest wine lists.  But then things went quiet.  Or so it seemed to me at least. During those heady days I tucked away...
Domane Bart & Comte Armand, as in Burgundy.

Domane Bart & Comte Armand, as in Burgundy.

Well the original Burg hater is fully in Burg mode.  And I really think what got me here, after thoughtful retrospection, is Beaujolais.  With that in mind and with the recently released The Finest Wines of Burgundy by Bill Nanson in my skyrocket (pocket), I was swayed to order some Burgs on a recent night...
Jean Foillard 2010 "Cuvée Corcelette" Morgon

Jean Foillard 2010 “Cuvée Corcelette” Morgon

Continuing the current Cru Beaujolais trend I wanted to revisit Jean Foillard’s Morgon Cuvée Corcelette, as I had not yet had a bottle of the 2010, and especially to try and compare it on the heels of the 2010 Morgon Cote du Py which I had recently enjoyed.  The wines are distinct and a bit...
Domaine St. Nicolas Gamay @ Diner

Domaine St. Nicolas Gamay @ Diner

It’s nearly Spring and Gamay has sprung.  At my local haunt Diner they are serving Domaine St. Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens 2010 “Gammes en May” Gamay by the glass.  It comes in a clear bottle (different), and the color is a nice rich purple with stoney red and purple fruits, and it goes down a treat. ...
New Wine Discoveries @ Buvette

New Wine Discoveries @ Buvette

I had been recommended to dine at Buvette on Grove Street in the West Village by a good friend.  One look at their sweet website and the deal was sealed.  The place is small, takes no reservations, and is basically French small plates.  Ambiance is banging, and so is the vibe.  Service is French, as...
Real Paella & Foillard Morgon

Real Paella & Foillard Morgon

Normally I reach right for Rioja when I do up a Paella, or at least a Spanish wine.  It kind of seems like sacrilege not to.  But I have been feeling the Cru Beaujolais lately so I went there instead with the Jean Foillard 2010 “Cote du Py” Morgon.  And if stepping outside of a...
Antoine Arena + Corsica + Kermit Lynch

Antoine Arena + Corsica + Kermit Lynch

It seems that every time I open a bottle of wine from pioneer boutique wine importer Kermit Lynch I am happy.  Can he do no wrong?  I had the pleasure of meeting Kermit at a Corsican wine dinner at Thirst Bar a Vin recently, and although I did not take any notes to report on...
Cru Beaujolais Revolution

Cru Beaujolais Revolution

Since one almost always expects a bottle of Burgundy to deliver something magical, one is often let down.  For every time we find that magic there are countless other times that Burgundy comes up short.  It’s all about expectation, and managing it.  That’s why I like Beaujolais, specifically Cru Beaujolais; expectations are easy to manage...
Wine Pairing: On Matching Wine with Wine.

Wine Pairing: On Matching Wine with Wine.

It’s fun to try and put together a few bottles of wine for a dinner or tasting that will go with each other nicely.  It’s kind of like stringing words together to form a Haiku or something.  Sometimes it’s easy; pick a region or a grape variety and go.  But it’s more challenging, and sometimes...
Affordable Older Bordeaux:  Part One

Affordable Older Bordeaux: Part One

Affordable and Bordeaux are words which are rarely seen together.  With first growths, super seconds, and right bank darling’s prices climbing higher and higher with each “vintage of the century,” it leaves one to wonder if they can afford a decent bottle of Bordeaux at all? With that in mind, I set out to look...
Catherine & Dominique Derain "Le Plante Chassey" 2009 Mercurey

Catherine & Dominique Derain “Le Plante Chassey” 2009 Mercurey

The Catherine & Dominique Derain 2009 Mercurey is under the radar, natural (organic + biodynamic) Burgundy, and it’s the real deal.  This all coming from the Pinot hater.  But I was impressed with the range of Derain wines at the Jenny & Francois portfolio tasting, and had been curious to enjoy a bottle in the comfort...
Loire + Saumur + Cabernet Franc = Good Times

Loire + Saumur + Cabernet Franc = Good Times

I doubt there really is any significant percentage of Americans who actively seek out wines from the Loire.  Or is there?  Looking into what people look at on this here blog, Loire is up there.  So that inspired me to open a bottle of Domaine Filliatreau 2010 Saumur, which I have had hanging around since...