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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Wine Wednesdays – 2016 DaTerra Viticultores Gavela Da Vila

I have a fun and different wine for you today!  I recently enjoyed this white wine from Galicia over Spanish Tapas at Despana in Soho, fun fact, they have a wine store next door to the shop where you can grab a bottle then go next door and order tapas to enjoy with your wine!   DaTerra Viticultores is the brainchild of Laura Lorenzo and her…

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Wine Wednesdays – My Article on The Vintner Project – Weingut Pfaffl

I have some exciting news to share!  I’m officially a contributor to The Vintner Project, a website devoted to advocating for winemakers and sharing their stories in an effort to enable the reader to enjoy their wines on a deeper level!  Sounds similar to the philosophy of Chardonnay Moi, no? Check out my first article, a highlight of one of my favorite Austrian producers, Weingut…

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Wine Wednesdays – The Wines of Jean-Francois “Fanfan” Ganevat

I’ve discovered a new favorite wine bar in NYC, Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels.  We first went last Saturday and had the best time.  With one whiff, Jared guessed the mystery white wine and we won a bottle!  The “caccio e popcorn” buffalo chicken rillettes, and radishes with the most insane brown butter were all delicious snacks that deserve your attention as well.  They have happy…

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Wine Wednesdays – Bertani Soave DOC

My Christmas gift this year was a cast iron dutch oven.  Anyone who knows me knows I’ve wanted one for years but have debated which color, which has paralyzed me from making an actual purchase!  Mom wanted to force my hand and I’m so glad she did.  I went with the classic navy and to break it in, made a “cheaters” bouillabaisse on a cold…

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