Travelogue – The Northern Rhône: Ampuis, Condrieu, Tournon-Sur-Rhone, Cornas

Hi wine-lovers, sorry for the silence.  I’ve enjoyed a summer full of travels and exciting life happenings, the time just seems to slip away faster and faster and here we are!  I’ve been sitting on these travelogue updates so stay tuned for a play by play of another wonderful tour through France. First up, the Northern Rhône, a region I honestly knew very little about. …

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Wine Wednesdays – Wine Tasting in the Jura, France

How was everyone’s summer??  I’m sorry for the silence!  I’ve been stockpiling some wonderful wine and travel updates that I’ll be sharing here soon. I started my summer with an amazing trip to France; visiting the northern Rhône, the Jura, and Burgundy.  Our first day in Jura we visited Fumey Chatelain.  This region was entirely new to me, and remains relatively unknown in the States. …

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Wine Wednesdays – 2013 Winery Toreta Pošip aka Lobster Wine

It’s no surprise my love for lobster runs deep, I even did a whole post on lobster and the wines that love it!  For my birthday this year, we hosted the 3rd annual lobster feed and I had just the right wine to serve! The 2013 Pošip “special dry white wine” even has a lobster on the front label in case there was any doubt…

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Wine Wednesdays – Brundlmayer Wine Dinner with Andreas Wickhoff MW and Wallsé

One of my favorite wine shops, Flatiron Wines, organized a fantastic dinner with Weingut Brundlmayer at local Austrian institution, Wallsé.  After visiting Brundlmayer back in November, I absolutely fell in love with these wines and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to experience them here in the states.   Andreas Wickhoff is the third and most recent Master of Wine from Austria and the GM of Brundlmayer. …

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Wine Wednesdays – 2015 La Grange Tiphaine “Quatre Mains”

At the risk of sounding obvious, Chardonnay truly is my favorite grape variety.  I much prefer it to Sauvignon Blanc, so it was quite a surprise when visiting Domaine Le Grange Tiphaine during our Loire Valley trip, that one of my favorites among their offering was a Sauvignon Blanc! To be fair, if I’m going to drink a Sauvignon Blanc, it’s likely a Sancerre, which…

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Wine Wednesdays – Wine Tasting at Ackerman Saumur

Another highlight of my trip through the Loire Valley was tasting at the famed Maison Ackerman, one of the first and foremost producers of Cremant de Loire.  Founded in 1811 by Jean Baptiste Ackerman, the company has been making beautiful wines that showcase the varied terroir of the Saumur appellation ever since.  Jean Baptiste did not choose Saumur by chance; he recognized the potential in the chalky,…

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Travelogue – Loire Valley Part 2: Amboise, Touraine, Sancerre, Chablis

Following part 1 and my tour through the western part of the Loire Valley, we continued the second half of our trip, moving east.  The village of Nazelles, just outside of Amboise, was our home base for 2 nights where we stayed at the absolutely gorgeous Chateau Nazelles. We arrived just in time for the sunset; the town of Amboise could be seen in the…

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Wine Wednesdays – Wine Tasting in Vouvray with Domaine Champalou and Domaine Huet

As we made our way east through the Loire Valley from Chinon to Amboise, we stopped in Vouvray for a tasting at two amazing producers.  First up, Domaine Champalou. Catherine welcomed us into the tasting room and walked us through her small production wines.  It was my first experience with Champalou but the wines are pretty widely available in the states as the majority of…

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Travelogue – Loire Valley Part 1: Nantes, Angers, Saumur, Chinon

If you’ve been following for a while now, you’ve seen me progress into a full blown Francophile.  It started in Paris (here, here, and here), followed me to Burgundy, persisted in Alsace, Champagne and now the Loire!  I just can’t get enough. We started in Nantes at the “mouth” of the Loire and followed the river all they way East, ending at the northern tip…

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The Wines of Marchesi Fumanelli – Pioneers of Amarone and Valpolicella

The Veneto region in Italy’s northeast corner contributes nearly a quarter of Italy’s total wine production.  Established in 1470, Marchesi Fumanelli is one of the largest and most historic estates of the Valpolicella region within the Veneto, combining traditional and modern techniques to produce outstanding wines that showcase the distinguished terroir.  I recently had the opportunity to taste through their lineup and was really impressed with the…

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