Wine Wanderings:  Beaujolais

Wine Wanderings: Beaujolais

Beaujolais is a great place to travel when you're with the team from Kermit Lynch.  No U.S. importer has done more to promote the wines of Beaujolais than Kermit Lynch.  Among his other great finds is the entire line up of the Gang of Four producers of Morgon: Thevenet, Breton, Lapierre and Foillard.
Jeff Patten
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Wine Wanderings:  Another Visit with Pierre Breton

Wine Wanderings: Another Visit with Pierre Breton

From Joguet we drove directly to Pierre Breton.  We had hung out at Pierre’s place only a few months earlier and it was good to see him again.  On this visit, unfortunately, time was quite short and we headed straight to his underground tasting room and started opening bottles.
Jeff Patten
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Wine Wanderings:  Visit to Joguet

Wine Wanderings: Visit to Joguet

Charles Joguet is the domaine that put Chinon on the map.  Joguet liked Burgundy, especially how each itty bitty plot of land seemed to make distinct wine from its specific terroir.  Joguet noticed that Chinon was a bit like that too: his great vineyards produced wines that were consistently distinct and delicious on their own, without any need of blending.  He decided Cabernet Franc was a great grape variety, deserving of the full Burgundian treatment.  Single vineyard Chinon was born, and the world became a better place.
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Madeira: A Wine Lover's Guilty Pleasure

Madeira: A Wine Lover's Guilty Pleasure

If you've ever gotten a little tired of wine as it is, you should feel guilty.  The wines of the world are as different and changing as the light of day.  But, if maybe you might have had any doubts that there was wine enough in the world to dazzle you forever, then you might want to try Madeira.  It's an effective go-to for fine-tuning your taste buds and refreshing your palate for the good old Reds and Whites.
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Wine Wanderings:  Loire Valley Day 3 (Continued) (Again)

Wine Wanderings: Loire Valley Day 3 (Continued) (Again)

It was a great appointment with Philippe Foreau – 90 minutes longer than he had slotted us in for – and so we were late to an embarrassing degree for our next appointment, with Pierre Breton.
Jeff Patten
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Wine Wanderings: Loire Valley Day 3 (Continued)

Wine Wanderings: Loire Valley Day 3 (Continued)

After Huet we just had time to squeeze in lunch at la Geule Noire, a nice farm-to-table in a cave carved out of tuffeau stone where the chef attempts to “fuse” Basque and the local Tourainaise cuisines (razor clams, pig’s snout, pig’s feet, veal with Serrano and Manchego, washed down with the local beer Noirette and a bottle of Pinon’s Silex Noir 2010).  One of the best meals of our trip and highly recommended.
Jeff Patten
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Wine Wanderings:  Loire Valley Day 3

Wine Wanderings: Loire Valley Day 3

Day 3 would turn out to be our longest day, and the five hours of sleep after numerous bottles of wine was not ideal preparation.  Still, we managed to pile into the car early enough to arrive in Vouvray only 20 minutes late for our appointment at Domaine Huet.
Jeff Patten
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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
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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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