Tastings This Week

Ruinart Champagne

Inspired by the convictions of his uncle, the benedictine monk Dom Thierry Ruinart who believed Champagne's future rested in this "new wine with bubbles", Nicolas Ruinart founded Maison Ruinart in 1729 in Reims, making it one of the oldest houses in Champagne. To this day, the wines are stunning, texturally decedent yet focused and complex...It's the week before Christmas and to celebrate, we'll be pouring both the rose and the Blanc de Blancs in store tonight...Happy Holidays everyone! Read More »

Meet the Winemaker: Pepe Raventos in store!

Wine production at Raventos dates back to 1497 but today their focus is almost exclusively on Cava, that magical Spanish sparkling we all know and love. With over 300 acres of vineyards planted mostly to local varieties such as Macabeo (Viura), Xarel-lo and Parellada, the estates' emphasis on terroir especially sets them apart. The calcerous soils (deposited during the Miocene period when the area was under water) differ at different altitudes however the underlying "mother rock" is a deep sedimentary limestone, and to date, 44 distinct parcels have been identified. Read More »

Classic Chablis from Louis Michel

The quality of Chablis these days is remarkable... Chalky, focused, terroir-driven, these are among the most age-worthy Chardonnays in all of Burgundy. Yet, for reasons we cannot comprehend, the wines of Chablis remain accessible...one of the last bastions of affordable Burgundy in existence. Read More »

Champagne Taittinger

Experience an array of Champagnes (including an ethereal '06, as well as the coveted prestige rose) from this highly esteemed, family-owned Champagne house, based in Reims. Read More »

Lignier-Michelot: A New Generation in Burgundy

Domaine Lignier-Michelot may not be a name you're familiar with...yet. In the village of Morey-St. Denis, custom dictated the sale of estate juice to large negociants, and until Virgile joined his father in 1992, such was the case. As Virgile assumed control, he implemented further changes, stopping the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides and enforcing more vigorous sorting techniques post-harvest. Today, everything is estate bottled and these are some of the most sought after wines in the entire village. You may want to acquaint yourself with this estate before word spreads about this next generation of talent in Burgundy... Read More »