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Patrick Piuze and John B. Truax tasting in Chablis

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. 
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Edges of Burgundy: Mercurey

It's true that Mercurey does not produce any reds on the level of the Cote d'Or's greatest.  Yet, compared to red wines from many other regions of the world -- including many others that produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay -- the quality is extremely high and the prices are unaccountably low.  Let's get drinking!
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Germany 2013 Vintage: The Beauty of Contrast

Germany 2013 Vintage: The Beauty of Contrast

Challenging vintages like 2013 give me pause to wonder whether the concept of a "perfect vintage" is itself flawed, and does it really behoove us to seek to drink and cellar only those seemingly “perfect” vintages anyway?
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Edges of Burgundy: Savigny-les-Beaune

Edges of Burgundy: Savigny-les-Beaune

Of the villages I've covered so far, Savigny-les-Beaune is the most puzzling.  I kind of understand why St. Aubin is off the radar, as it occupies a separate valley from the classic villages of the Cote d'Or. And it's no surprise that Santenay isn't anywhere near as famous as villages further north, which benefit from super star producers and terroir that is superior to all but the most northerly corners of Santenay.  But Savigny?  This is a village that boasts well known producers like Pavelot, Chandon de Briailles and Simon Bize. The premier crus are some of the best in the Cote de Beaune for red wine.  So why no love?

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A Farewell from Dan Weber

A Farewell from Dan Weber

From the bottom of my heart, my most sincere thanks to all of you who have made this experience so memorable.

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Four Valuable Lessons about Burgundy

Four Valuable Lessons about Burgundy

I love the wines of Alexandrine Roy (daughter of Marc Roy, who gives her domaine its name) mostly because they taste so good, but also because they teach us some valuable lessons about Burgundy.
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Edges of Burgundy: Santenay

Edges of Burgundy: Santenay

For a while I felt that drinking Santenay was like visiting your family of wild cousins and marveling that they are related to you.  Was that really Pinot Noir....or was that a Cotes du Rhone I was drinking?  It seemed that there was simply too much coarseness and clunkiness for the wines to be from the Cote d'Or.   But wine-making has really improved in Santenay over the last decade or so, and more and more I've been finding bottles of wine that truly satisfy my cravings for great Burgundy.  Pay just a little bit of attention, and you can find those bottles too.
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Edges of Burgundy: Saint-Aubin

Edges of Burgundy: Saint-Aubin

Today we start exploring the Edges of Burgundy with Saint-Aubin.  This is a series that focuses on villages of Burgundy that are less heralded despite producing world class and age-worthy Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 

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Edges of Burgundy: Our New Blog Series

Edges of Burgundy: Our New Blog Series

Is Burgundy going the way of Bordeaux?  Prices certainly are going up every year.  The top producers’ wines are now out of reach for the vast majority of us.  In famous villages (Vosne Romanée, Chambolle Musigny), even relatively unknown producers don't come cheap.
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Top 10 Wines for Summer that aren't Rosé or Prosecco

Top 10 Wines for Summer that aren't Rosé or Prosecco

No, I don't just drink Rose and G&Ts all summer long. I simply can't survive three months of the year without some more serious flavors. Here's what I do:
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Hi, I'm John Truax.

I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the Fifties. My grandparents on my mother's side loved wine and traveled to Europe many, many times. We always had wine at Sunday dinners, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone, and German wines. This was uncommon in Minnesota in those days. 
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Alto Piemonte: Drilling Down

Alto Piemonte: Drilling Down

Eric Asimov recently had a great write-up on Nebbiolo from the "other" parts of Piedmont (meaning not Barolo or Barbaresco), as well as Valtellina in Lombardy. The vast majority of the wines covered by the article are from a region called Alto Piemonte, which is basically higher up in the foothills of the Alps north of Barolo/Barbaresco. It is one of the most interesting wine regions in the world. We are fascinated by it, and have a wide selection of wines from the region, so we thought it would be helpful to drill down a little and take a look at the Nebbiolos that it has to offer, taking each of the most important DOCs in turn.
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