Marcus Garcia – Striking The Perfect Chord! Part II

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Hubert Keller, a native of France’s breathtaking, eastern-Alsace region, caught the attention of some of the country’s finest chefs at just sixteen. Towering, innovative culinary artisans like Paul Haeberlin, Gaston Lenôtre, Paul Bocuse and Roger Vergé recognized his promise early on, training him in their kitchens and nurturing his talent. When chef Keller and wife Chantal moved to San Francisco in 1982 to open […]

Vine Buzz

Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – The numbers don’t lie: with two short harvests in a row, French producers from Bordeaux to Burgundy and beyond are witnessing a significant spike in prices that reflects the disconcerting yet inexorable realities of supply and demand.  A La Une  (news en français) – The historical, sweet, dessert […]

Vine Buzz

  Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – For dessert-wine lovers, nothing seduces quite like the golden, sticky elixirs from the Bordeaux district of Sauternes. The landscape in this coveted wine region continues to shift in ways that may soon change the face of the appellation forever!  A La Une  (news en français) – […]

Evan Goldstein – Square Roots, Full Circle

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The spectrum of  wine personalities in the United States encompasses some of the most passionate and deeply knowledgeable individuals to be found in any profession. From compelling wine writers to high-profile sommeliers,  from visionary importers to devoted wine cellar advisors, from tireless brand ambassadors to wholesale agents, to those who provide the tools and messaging for […]

Vine Buzz

Currently featured on SlaveToTheGrape  from the French wine press: In the News – In late November, when the world is dancing gaily in the streets with a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau in hand, the reverberations of an historic gavel announce one of the premiere events in the world of wine  – the charity auction of the Hospices de […]

Christian Moueix – A Tale of Two Terroirs – Encore!

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It is quite possible that, more than any other profession, the wine industry, whose faithful emissaries passionately extoll the virtues of the irresistibly engaging, historical footprint of the vine that speaks to the essence of the human spirit and its relationship to the natural world, is disproportionately layered with eminent storytellers whose tales have often been […]

Christian Moueix – A Tale of Two Terroirs

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It is quite possible that, more than any other profession, the wine industry, whose tireless emissaries passionately extoll the virtues of the vine – the irresistibly engaging history of which speaks to the creativity of the human spirit and its relationship to the natural world – is disproportionately populated with eminent storytellers whose tales have often been forged […]

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 […]

There’s No Place Like Beaune

The spirit of winemakers past!

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

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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 […]