Category Archives: Appetizers

Regional Profile: Chablis

Where: Two hours southeast of Paris on the A6 autoroute, this is the northernmost sub-region of Burgundy.    What: A one-of-a-kind wine region known for three specific things: a chilly climate, chalky limestone-and-clay soil, and 100% Chardonnay. This unique combination … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Casablanca Valley

Where: About halfway down the length of the skinny, seaside country of Chile, the Casablanca Valley rests only 20 miles from the ocean. It’s technically a sub-region of the larger Aconcagua region.   What: Vines weren’t even planted in Casablanca until the … Continue reading

Wine Pairings for the Thanksgiving Table

“What wine to pair with Thanksgiving dinner?”   The question surfaces casually at first, a bit playfully, as early as the first day of fall. But as November introduces itself and Turkey Thursday looms closer, the inquiries become more urgent, … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Wachau

Where: Eastern Austria, within the larger region (or weinbaugebiete) of Niederösterreich and running along the banks of the stunning Danube River. The Wachau sub-region (“vahc-OW”) is barely 12 miles long yet has over 900 individual named vineyard sites!   What: … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Chinon

Where: In the middle of the Loire Valley, within the greater region of Touraine. Chinon rests in a corner between the Loire River (to its north) and the tributary River Vienne (to its south).   What: Prime time for Cabernet Franc … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Sancerre

Where: In the easternmost section of France’s Loire Valley, eyeing Pouilly-Fumé directly across the River Loire. Chablis is roughly a two-hour drive northeast, while Paris is about two and a half hours due north.   What: This is France’s hallowed … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Clos Roche Blanche

Who: Clos Roche Blanche   What: Free-Thinking Radical, Dedicated to the Dirt   Where: Touraine (Loire Valley, France)   Why: Because Clos Roche Blanche’s winemaker Didier Barrouillet will come right out and tell you that he thinks the concept of … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Domaine Michel Lafarge

Who: Domaine Michel Lafarge   What: Sense and Sensibility in the South of the Côte d’Or   Where: Volnay (Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France) – holdings include vines in Volnay Premier Crus Clos des Chênes, Caillerets, Clos du Château des Ducs, Mitans; Pommard … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Côte de Beaune

Where: The southern half of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or — or “Slope of Gold”… a.k.a. the most feverishly adored section of France’s Burgundy region, which runs roughly north to south from the town of Dijon to Lyon.   What: This is … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Alsace

Where: Northeast France, huddled in between the Vosges Mountains to the west and the Rhine River to the east, drawing the boundary with Germany.   What: Quite a warm region, considering how far north we are. Lots of happy sunshine and … Continue reading