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
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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
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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
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