Veuve Clicquot – The Widow Returns

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 into an international […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free Flow Wines – changing the game one tap at a time!

Just north of San Francisco, a dedicated band of  engaging entrepreneurs is quietly driving what many think is one of the hottest, most consumer-friendly trends currently lighting up the world of wine – wine on tap. Row upon row of sleek, silver kegs waiting to be filled with premium wines crowd the staging area at […]

Vine Buzz

Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – take a peek at the new, world-class wine palace coming soon to the city of Bordeaux;  A La Une (news en français) – check out what the dames du vin have to say when L’Express magazine goes straight to the source for interviews with three, […]

The Northern Tier

California’s northwest, with its majestic redwoods, breathtaking coastline and distance from any real population centers nurtures a hearty, self-sufficient individual some of whose forebears, centered around the Mendocino county town of Boonville, even spoke their own, nationally-recognized, linguistic jargon known as Boontling. Vines have been cultivated here since the mid-19th century, yet the great expansion of quality […]

Exotic New Zealand

In the late 1990s, New Zealand suddenly burst onto the world’s wine scene with panache, offering up a new, intensely aromatic, fruit-driven style of Sauvignon Blanc that was an immediate hit! These wines were followed by a host of immensely impressive Pinot Noir cuvées that established the country’s reputation as a serious hitter on the international stage. […]

There’s No Place Like Beaune

Boris Champy is a soft-spoken winemaker whose focused demeanor speaks of a passion motivated by a singular objective – to seize each opportunity and create world-class wines . He currently directs a team of like-minded individuals at one of Burgundy’s most prestigious domains – the house of Louis Latour. I spoke with him in late March about his career in the industry. (This is […]

The Heart of Burgundy

Boris Champy is a soft-spoken winemaker whose focused demeanor speaks of a passion motivated by a singular objective – to seize each opportunity and create world-class wines . He currently directs a team of like-minded individuals at one of Burgundy’s most prestigious domains – the house of Louis Latour. I spoke with him in late March about his career in […]