Chardonnay
Reflecting on Burgundy & La Paulée

Reflecting on Burgundy & La Paulée

For the first time I attended a La Paulée event; the Vertical Producer Tasting to be exact.  Just in case you are not familiar with La Paulée it is, in a nutshell, a celebration of the wines of Burgundy.  I had never been to a La Paulée before for a variety of reasons like, I...
Top 10 Wines of 2012

Top 10 Wines of 2012

As I reflect back on 2012 I can honestly say that it was my luckiest year yet when it comes to wine.  I was fortunate enough to have drunk more great wine more often with more great people than any other year.  This is a blessing.  And in some ways a curse.  Whatever, I have...
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...
Vintage White Burgundy:  Premox Land Mines vs. Great Rewards.

Vintage White Burgundy: Premox Land Mines vs. Great Rewards.

I almost think the risk of premox with older white Burgundies is less a threat than hitting a disappointing bottle red Burgundy.  There I said it… Boom!  With great risk comes great reward.  And perhaps that is what Burgundy is all about, and no where is this more true than with white Burgundy.  Is it...
Reason not to hate Chardonnay #137:  Saint Aubin

Reason not to hate Chardonnay #137: Saint Aubin

The 2009 vintage was a watershed moment for wine regions throughout France.  It put serious Beaujolais, Cru Beaujolais, (back) on the map and it set record prices in Bordeaux.  It also yielded a great vintage in Burgundy.  And while it may not be the most classic vintage of all time, it is certainly a vintage...
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...
Louis Jadot 1991 "Le Montrachet" - Ol' White Burg

Louis Jadot 1991 “Le Montrachet” – Ol’ White Burg

After a week which included Domaine de al Romanée-Conti, amongst other things, it was with some “oh what the hell” moxie that we cracked into a bottle of well aged white Burgundy.  Louis Jadot 1991 “Le Montrachet” in fact.  Upon opening, it smelled promising, but upon tasting it was only okay.  By the time we...
Ridge Vineyards Wine Tasting @ Union Square Wines

Ridge Vineyards Wine Tasting @ Union Square Wines

I barely made it onto the list for a tasting of wines from one of my all time favorite wineries, Ridge Vineyards.  It virtually sold out immediately and I went on the waiting list and got lucky enough to score a couple of seats.  Winemaker Eric Baugher was on hand to discuss Ridge and walk...