Thank you Meghan Ivey for this post from Loire!
When we arrived at Sebastien David in St. Nicholas de Bourgueil the weather could not have been more beautiful. Spring had been a challenge for many all over France, and the Loire was no exception, with as much as 60-100 percent loss of certain parcels among producers in the area. Rain, hail, frost, you name it…they got it. Water was the issue. There was enough of it to cause problems with frost, but not enough of it to spray properly with copper. It would slide right off the grapes, and into the soil. Read more
Josep and Joan d’Anguera
This week, Bonney Rowley writes from Joan d’Anguera in Monsant. Thanks Bonney!
The saying, fine soil makes fine wine, has been passed from one generation of winemakers to another in the d’Anguera family. Their estate sits nestled between several mountain ranges and just east of the Ebro river in one of Spain’s newest D.Os, Montsant. This is a region often overshadowed (literally) by the mountainous, and more well-known, region of Priorat. I am struck by the beauty of this area as we drive through the dusty yellow hills and up into the brick colored mountains. Skeletons of stone foundations dot the landscape; relics of the region’s history of war and turmoil. It’s hard to believe that Catalonians only gained autonomy in 1978 after years of civil war and the rule of dictators. Read more
Thank you Suzanne Barros for this post from Cour-Cheverny!
Our host for the tour of Domaine des Huards, tasting and fantastic lunch was Alex Gendrier, the 8th generation to run the estate in Cour-Cheverny, a small appellation with only 58ha of vines. Alex’s father Michel Gendrier stopped using chemicals in the vineyards in the 70s, began farming biodynamically in the 90s (one of the first estates in the Loire to do so) and by 1995 all of the production was biodynamic. Their received organic certification in 1998, and biodynamic certification in 2010 and they only use estate grown fruit from healthy vines that showcases their terroir and vintage. There are still issues that can occur throughout the year, but they believe that taking care of the vines in this manner makes them stronger and more resistant to disease pressure. Read more
With tears in my eyes, I must share with you all some very sad news.
We lost a loving brother, an eccentric, loyal and devoted family member last night Sept. 10, 2016.
He was phenomenally chaotic, brilliant, honest, dutiful and legendary in his generosity. Marc brought light to the core of T Edward.
Our history is filled with indelible Pichon moments, we’ll miss you. RIP Marc Pichon.
-T. Byrnes Read more
This month, Billecart-Salmon joins (RED), to mark its 10-year anniversary in the fight against AIDS. With $350 million already raised for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, (RED) was founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver. With these funds, Global Fund estimates that over 70 million people have been affected by their efforts in prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care. In joining the crusade to end AIDS, the Billecart family is donating 10% of the retail price of each bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV, which will provide 16 days of lifesaving medication to help prevent HIV+ pregnant women from passing the virus to their babies. Read more
This week, JP Schultz reflects on his summer visit to Cascina Ca’Rossa in Roero, Piemonte:
We arrived in the Roero just a few days after the rain let up. Apparently, the tail-end of spring had brought both cold and wet weather, but now in the first days of summer there was a full swing in temperature and we were seeking shade under the 90 degree sun. Read more
Big thanks for Paul Masters for this piece on Davide Carlone in Piemonte!
Funnily enough, Davide Carlone and his family live in a frazione of Grignasco called Torchio, or “press” in English. When I mentioned this to Davide he looked at me as if he couldn’t believe I’d only just noticed and I was the 50th person to mention it to him that day. Although really, I’d be surprised if he saw 50 people in a week because it’s a quiet, almost empty little place even in the middle of the day, save for the barking of dogs. And there’s a lot of those. Read more
Thanks Paul Boyer for the post from Loire!
On July 7th we made our way through the low hills of Le Puy de Notre Dame in the Loire Valley. Towering above the vines on the central hills is the church’s central spire, where William the 9th is purported to have interred some of the Virgin Mary’s garments after the Crusades. We were greeted at the gate of Le Manoir de la Tete Rouge, an old self-sustaining farm and fortress dating back to 1649, by vigneron Guillaume Reynouard. Read more
Roberto Echeverria Jr.
Terence Salmon reflects on his visit to Viña Echeverria in Santiago, Chile:
One of the most rewarding aspects of working at a small, fine wine importer is the friendships that evolve over the years with our many winemakers and winery owners. It’s our job to sell wine, but to also have a personal connection to the family or person that worked hard to give us this very wine in our glass, is truly a special honor. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting, for a second time, Roberto Echeverria and his family winery in the Curico Valley, Chile, which is roughly 200km south of the capital city, Santiago. Read more
Aldo Sohm at the Aldo Sohm Wine Bar
As I sat with Aldo Sohm at his namesake bar in midtown, I was hoping to gain a little insight on how he trains to win. An innate affinity for recollection? A freakishly sensitive palate, with the intellect to boot? Or does he just work harder than everyone else?
Voted the Best Sommelier of Austria in 2002, just four years after passing his sommelier exam, Aldo held the title for four consecutive years. And then, he moved to America “because of competition,” he said, and won the title of “Best Sommelier in America 2007”, before conquering the world in 2008, as the “Best Sommelier in the World 2008”, as awarded by the World Sommelier Association. Read more