Vine Buzz

Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape from the French wine press: In the News – Michel Chapoutier, one of the leading pioneers on the French viticulture scene, is not only a towering figure in France’s Rhone valley but an admired innovator the world over. Thierry Dessauve profiles him with panache! A La Une  (news en français) – The verdict is in – the […]

Veuve Clicquot – The Widow’s Empire

The house of Veuve Clicquot has been a driving force in Champagne since its creation in 1772. Its range of exceptional champagnes defines luxury.  The intrepid Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, who at just twenty-seven and newly widowed acceded to the head of the house in 1805, at once displayed a vision and spirit of innovation that would turn this brand […]

Saint-Emilion – The Right Bank Revisited

This summer I revisited a truly delightful vintage from Bordeaux’s library of compelling harvests. While somewhat eclipsed in stature by that of 1982 – a storied crop that put Robert Parker on the wine lover’s vinous map – the 1983 vintage offered a truly compelling experience with great potential for longevity that was on display […]

Pete Palmer – A Somm of Many Parts

While San Francisco has been synonymous with gastronomy and fine wine for some time, at the end of the last century, back in the heady days of the boom,  a veritable explosion of newly-minted, passionate and dedicated food and wine professionals moved the region to a new level. Of the many sommeliers/gastronomes to have left […]

Vine Buzz

A dispatch from the south of France Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – After a very wet and challenging first half of the year, wine professionals from Bordeaux to Bourgogne are guardedly optimistic about the quality of the harvest for 2013.  A La Une  (news en français) – No sooner had the weather […]