- Taking the bullet train from the airport to Reims at sunset after taking a red-eye from LAX.
- Having an appointment at biodynamic winery with Cyril Collard first thing in the morning where you get to meet the son and the father, visit the cellar, taste your first red wine made in Bouzy, Champagne, and learn how they moved from selling commercially made grapes to making their own biodynamic wines.
- Enjoying a leisurely lunch on the mainly pedestrian Place de Erlon in downtown Reims with a view of a famous fountain and sculpture.
- Using a tablet to take a tour of Reim’s Notre Dame Cathedral and downtown.
- Understanding because of the world wars why there’s so much art deco architecture and seeing vibrant color and art everywhere.
- Gazing on the Mars Arch from when Romans ruled the western world including this part of France.
- Resting in a hammock in the park near the Mars Arch.
- Meeting a friend at the L’Epicerie Au Bon Manger, a small epicurean market with exquisite humanely raised charcuterie and natural wines (and then learning you can support them during COVID-19 and order from them online!).
- Checking out the nightlife and wine bars after dark including the Glue Pot.
- A late night stop to check out — and participate in– the pressing of biodynamic grapes gravity fed into barrel.
When the #Winophiles sought subjects for 2020 prompts, Sue suggested we do “unexpected pleasures” in Champagne.
Because when we were there in advance of competing in the World Wine tasting Championships, we of course expected Continue reading
Celebrating 75 years of winemaking, Cariñena’s Cooperativa Vinícola San Valero, formerly known as Grupo Bodegas San Valero, recently launched of a new corporate structure with new proprietary brands that maintain the passion and spirit of the founding winemakers of 1944. Continue reading
What follows #RoséAllMay?
What pairs well with summer? Rosé!
Also fall, winter, and spring if you ask me!
Yep, for me it’s rosé wine all day every day please!
The second Saturday of June, today, June 13 is Rosé Wine Day, and to celebrate, we have three rosé wines from the Finger Lakes region of New York, a region just south of Lake Ontario and the city of Rochester in the northern part of the state. The deep glacial lakes moderate the temperatures so that wine grapes thrive– they don’t die or get damaged from frost in winter or spring and they don’t get too hot in the summer.
“Why do the bottles say ‘dry” rosé wine?” someone asked.
As summer gatherings become more of a reality after a spring of staying home, you may wonder what to bring to that potluck on the horizon.
Riesling is a great choice for a potluck because it goes with such a wide range of foods. Especially easy drinking and affordable riesling from New York’s Finger Lakes region!
It’s a countdown: five Sangiovese, four terroirs, three producers, two regions, one country, and one importer — Verovino– for this month’s Italian Food Wine Travel group of wine writers! Here’s the invitation from host, Wendy Klik.
Sangiovese is the grape in that ubiquitous Chianti bottle, you know the one in the straw basket. They used those baskets, called fiasco, (seriously!) to help with shipping back in the day. Learn more about Chianti here.
Sangiovese is grown in other areas of Italy in addition to Chianti, with most of it grown in the central parts of Italy and in Sicily. Today we’ll be looking at five wines: two from Tuscany, home of Chianti, and three from neighboring Emilia-Romagna. One is actually from Chianti, and four from other areas worth exploring.
I’ve been on a deep dive into sangiovese this week, starting with sangiovese based blends from the west coast (read it here), then a focused tasting with a vertical from Ranchita Canyon Vineyard (read about it here), and now, back to the homeland with these five from Italy imported by Verovino.
The common denominator for wines imported by Verovino founder Sheila Donahue? Continue reading