Tag Archives: France

In My Glass: Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé

The Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé undoubtedly will be one of the most memorable rosés – if not the most memorable – I enjoyed during the summer of 2013. Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, which are certified biodynamic and organic, the ZEC is both evocative and delicious. We enjoyed the wine over two evenings. […]

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In My Glass: 2008 Domaine Olivier Hillaire Châteauneuf-du-Pape

One of Glenn and my favorite winemakers at the Boston Wine Expo for the past two years has been Olivier Hillaire. Last year he represented the wines himself; it’s always a real treat to have the winemaker pour you a sample of his creation, especially when the wines are very good. This year we were […]

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In My Glass: 2011 90+ Cellars Sancerre Lot 69

Despite five or more feet of snow in my yard, I am optimistic that crocuses and green grass are just around the corner. In celebration of Daylight Saving Time and with hopes of beckoning the advent of spring, it was time for a springlike meal centered on asparagus and sauteed chicken. This meal could only […]

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An Evening to Remember: Dinner with Jean-Charles Boisset at Aura Restaurant

There are many things that could be written about the dinner with Jean-Charles Boisset at Aura Restaurant following the first day of the Boston Wine Expo, but fun would have to be at the top of the list. There was singing, there was clapping, and there was plenty of good cheer and free-flowing wine. And […]

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In My Glass: 2012 Domaine Pral Rosé of Beaujolais Nouveau

As I perused the rosé aisle in Julio’s Liquors this past weekend a new wine caught my eye.  It was not just pink, but really, really pink.  The color alone caused me to pause and look again: it was a rosé of Beaujolais Nouveau of the 2012 vintage. It has been a number of years […]

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L’Aventure Languedoc! Wine Review: 2007 Pierre Gaillard Transhumance

The L’Aventure Languedoc tasting in April that Glenn and I participated in last month was a fantastic opportunity to get reacquainted with the wines of the Languedoc. One of the things that I took away from that tasting was that there are many great wines – not the rough plonk for which it had developed […]

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April Trade Show Round-up – Languedoc and The Loire

Languedoc – L’Aventure Languedoc  Languedoc , including Roussillon, is the largest wine producing region of not only France, but the world. However, only lately have sales of the region’s wines seen an uptick due to the increasingly favorable perception of the region. Though there have always been producers of quality wine here, the majority of wine was […]

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Sauerbraten: An Impossible Dish to Match with Wine?

Not impossible at all! When my mother told me that for Sunday dinner she would be making Sauerbraten with dumplings, one of my favorite German dishes, I knew I would have to dig deep in the cellar to find the perfect white wine. In the past, my choice of white wine has raised eyebrows in […]

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Wine Review: 2009 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Rosé Côtes de Provence

“It’s kind of like crack,” remarked Kerri Platt, owner of the North End’s The Wine Bottega, when she saw me examining the Clos Cibonne Tibouren rosé. I wasn’t sure whether to run like hell or to buy it and immediately open it. I opted for the latter. After all, I couldn’t resist this unusual rosé […]

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Wine of the Week: 2009 Le G De Chateau Guiraud Bordeaux Blanc Sec

Chateau Guiraud is better known for producing Sauternes, the highly-prized, Botrytis-blessed sweet wine. While Le G is anything but sweet, this blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Sémillon is a fantastic example of a dry, white Bordeaux that is perfectly suited for a range of foods. The nose is bright and brings to mind […]

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