Wine Wanderings:  Loire Valley Day 2 (Continued)

Wine Wanderings: Loire Valley Day 2 (Continued)

We drove straight from Marc Deschamp’s domaine in Pouilly-sur-Loire to Domaine Thomas Labaille in Chavignol.  Chavignol is in the Sancerre appellation, on a hill across the valley to the west of the actual town of Sancerre.  The narrow country road connecting the two villages is extraordinarily beautiful, passing through hilly vineyards with great views of medieval Sancerre up on the hill.  The Labaille winery is right on this road, just before entering the village.
Jeff Patten
Read more
Wine Wanderings:  Loire Valley Day 1

Wine Wanderings: Loire Valley Day 1

(Josh and Jeff spent a few days in the Loire Valley checking out wine this September.  This is the first of a series of posts telling the story.)

The drive from Charles de Gualle to Sancerre was a breeze and we arrived in time for lunch on a beautiful warm and sunny day.   We picked up our friend Andrew and drove the 4kms to Chavignol (of Crottin de Chavignol fame) for a fine bistro lunch (veal brain, andouillette, duck and all with lots of goat cheese and Sancerre, of course).  Well fed, we headed over to Domaine Vacheron.  We met with Jean-Laurent, one of four male Vacherons (two brothers and their sons) who currently run the domaine.

Jeff Patten
Read more

Thank you Food & Wine Magazine!

Sorry, but we can't resist boasting that Food & Wine just named us one of "America's best new wine destinations" in their October print edition!  That makes us one of only three wine shops -- and the only one in the East -- to make the list.

The October edition of Food & Wine is an excellent issue dedicated to all-things wine and we encourage wine-lovers to run out and get a copy.

Congratulations to all the other great destinations that made the list!

Joshua Cohen
Read more

Stocking your Cellar without Breaking the Bank

One of my favorite topics is how to stock a wine cellar without killing your budget.  So many people assume that unless it’s a trophy wine, gets high scores in glossy publications, or has the words Grand Cru somewhere on the label, a wine does not belong in a cellar.  Undoubtedly a great cellar will contain plenty of those wines.  But some of my most memorable experiences with wine have been with rather modest wine that has spent a few years in a nice cool cellar.
Jeff Patten
Read more
124 results