Tastings This Week

Lioco: The New Wave's "Vintage-California"

"No matter the varietal, our wines are about principle. They must be authentic and have personality. We make wine with what we call vintage California qualities—leaner wines unencumbered by new oak or excessive alcohol."-LIOCO website Read More »

Sherry, Champagne, Chinon and Saumur

Friday's tasting begins with Champagne from Etienne Calsac, a grower in Avize with only 2.8 hectares. Prior to his assumption in 2010, all the fruit grown on the property was sold to negociant and the Extra Brut L'Echappée Belle is one of the first domaine bottlings to be released. Farming organically and selectively sorting grapes to include only the the coeur de cuvee- the heart of the pressing- for the highest quality juice. This is 95% Chard with a touch of Pinot Noir sourced primarily from premier cru vineyards in the Cote des Blancs and Grauves. Quality to price ratio, this is perhaps the best value in grower Champagne we know of. Read More »

Lignier-Michelot: A New Generation in Burgundy

The Champagne house of Pol Roger was founded in 1849, in Ay at the foot of the Montagne de Reims. Beloved by Winston Churchill who famously advised "In victory, deserve it. In defeat, need it!"...In other words, don't miss it! Read More »