Jura
Jean Bourdy:  Jura Symphonic

Jean Bourdy: Jura Symphonic

In the continuing series entitled “Reasons not to hate Chardonnay”, please find Jean Bourdy 2005 Cotes du Jura Blanc.  There is a lot to love about wines from the Jura, and many great and interesting producers.  But the one producer with a real sense of history, it seems to me, is Jean Bourdy.  They are...
Über Winos Summit:  Fall 2012

Über Winos Summit: Fall 2012

I live in NYC.  Okay, well Brooklyn actually, but you know what I mean.  And I have been lucky enough to meet a lot of great people who are involved with wine, be it in the industry or as a consumer, or somewhere in between.  So it comes with the territory in a place like...
Reason not to hate Chardonnay #57:  Domaine de la Tournelle

Reason not to hate Chardonnay #57: Domaine de la Tournelle

Domaine de la Tournelle is producing some of the finest wines in the Jura region.  I was pretty blown away by a recent bottle of their Ploussard that reminded me not a little of great Barolo, and I was equally blown away by their Terre de Gryphees Chardonnay.  This is not Chardonnay as most people...
Jura and Piemonte:  is there a connection?

Jura and Piemonte: is there a connection?

I truly believe there is some type of connection between the Jura and Piemonte.  Whether it has to do with soils, climates, grape varieties, wine making techniques, or some mythical combo plus some fairy dust, I don’t know, but I cannot help but think of a Nebbiolo and classic Barolo when I drink red wines...
Jean Francois Ganevat

Jean Francois Ganevat

Certainly one of the best and brightest stars of the Jura must be Jean Francois Ganevat.  I had only tried Ganevat once before, the well renowned Cuvee Julien, his take on Pinot Noir from the Jura.  And while I loved the wine, I did not love the price.  As far as wines from the Jura...
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...
Jura Ponies

Jura Ponies

I have loved “ponies” ever since my college days.  For those of you who may not know what a “pony” is, and I hope there are not many of you, I will tell you.  A “pony” is a half sized vessel.  Typically applied to a bottle of beer, but also applicable to kegs.  And while...
Vinegar Hill House Restaurant, Brooklyn.

Vinegar Hill House Restaurant, Brooklyn.

There is no doubt that autumn is beginning to creep up on us here in New York City.  With the cooler temperatures and shorter days comes the urge for heartier fare and wines to go along with comforting food.  I had been dying to try Vinegar Hill House restaurant in the tiny Vinegar Hill area...
Jura:  The most interesting wine region you've never heard of.

Jura: The most interesting wine region you’ve never heard of.

Wines from France’s Jura region are beginning to get some serious attention here in NYC, and elsewhere.  They are stocked in the best shops and are popping up on restaurant menus.  Yet they remain relatively unknown to most people.  The region, located east of Burgundy in France, has a long history of traditional wine making. ...