New York Times Wine School Vouvray Sec with Eric Asimov

Eric’s newest New York Times Wine School is out (read it here), and this time we’re tasting Vouvray Sec, from our favorite unheralded white grape, Chenin Blanc. Eric recommends two wines, and again, You Can Get that Wine Here!  We have (and love) both: Champalou’s 2012 and Huet’s 2013 “Le Haut-Lieu” Sec. // These producers are both favorites of ours.  Domaine Huet is, of course, generally considered one of the appellations benchmark producers.  They produce the entire range of Vouvrays, from petillant through Sec and up to the decadent dessert wines, including the legendary Cuvee Constane.  They work in three very special single-vineyards, including Le Haut-Lieu. We’ve ... Read More »

Patrick Piuze and John B. Truax tasting in Chablis

Our last stop in Chablis was with Patrick Piuze, a 41 year old French Canadian who found his way to Burgundy.  He worked the harvest for Franck Grux at Olivier Leflaive in 2000.   Grux was so impressed with his hard work and enthusiasm he was offered a job.  After a brief winemaking course at the Beaune wine school he was entrusted with making the Chablis for Domaine Olivier Leflaive for four vintages, after which he went and worked with Jean Marie Guffens at Maison Verget.  He then ended up as the cellar master at Jean-Marc Brocard for a short period but he knew it was only a matter of time before he would strike out on his own.  On July 1st 2008 he started his own negociant firm. Piuze is ... Read More »

Beaujolais Nouveau Done Right: Pierre-Marie Chermette

It’s easy to dismiss the Beaujolais Nouveau as marketing hype. After all, there’s a lot of marketing, and there’s a lot of hype! But there is also something joyous and wonderful about tasting incredibly fresh and fruity red wines from the vintage that has just been completed. And for those of you who think of Thanksgiving as a harvest festival, what wine could be more appropriate? There is another reason to try Beaujolais Nouveau this year. 2014 is being touted as an exceptionally good vintage for Beaujolais. Pierre-Marie Chermette believes it is the best vintage since 1947! You may or may not remember the '47s, but in any case this will be your first opportunity to try and judge ... Read More »

Pascal Janvier’s Coteaux du Loir “Cuvée du Rosier” 2013 — Summer wines in Autumn!

Pineau d'Aunis from a Kermit Lynch producer -- delicious even as the mercury falls! It's cold and rainy out and we decided to make a big batch of chili with meat and vegetables from the Farmer's Market.  It's a little bit spicy and definitely rich food, perfect for the season. Sometimes it's fun to drink a big wine that will stand up to that: a Zin, or maybe something from the Rhone with enough spice and stuffing not to disappear in the face of all that carne (not to mention the chile). But tonight we opted for the opposite approach, a cool, light refreshing wine that cuts through the richness and refreshes in the face of the heat: Pascal Janvier's Pineau d'Aunis, "Cuvee du Rosier" from ... Read More »