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
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
Sainte Croix, Corbières
In 2004, when Jon and Elizabeth Bowen of Sainte Croix were looking for a property to call their own, Jon had a few prerequisites in mind. “Old Carignan, old Grenache and limestone,” he said. “And then we came across an area which I now know as Hautes Corbières, which I didn’t really know at all because like everyone else you either go down the coast, without getting too tied up in the geography, or you go way inland. There’s a zone between the two, which always gets bypassed, which is kind of cool because it’s the best bit,” he added and laughed. “The first time I saw that, I thought firstly, how do I not know about this and secondly, I think we can call the search off now.” Read more
Peter, Orenda & Luca Hale at Maine & Loire
When Peter and Orenda Hale of Maine & Loire decided to move to Portland, Maine, neither one of them had been to the city. But then again, they also met while working at Reynard and “married on a whim in the downtown Brooklyn courthouse, on the coldest day in January last year,” said Orenda, after dating for just seven months. And though they intended to wait to start a business until their son Luca was born, the universe had other plans. “We hadn’t yet figured out the pieces to the puzzle [here] to look at real estate,” said Orenda, “but, we met up with the landlord and luckily he wanted a wine store in this community complex that he’s building here, and he was really instrumental in helping us get into the space and getting it started.” Read more
Siobhan Lowe at Alder
When Siobhan Lowe began managing the 40-bottle wine list at Wylie Dufresne’s Alder the emphasis was then on an affordable but interesting wines. “Then one day,” said Siobhan, “Kevin, our bar manager, said he’d been to Dover and they had a similar list–heavy on Old World with a sporadic [selection of] New World producers. It’s not a competition, so I thought…that’s cool…a lot of restaurants are looking for small producers. But then I started thinking about how I could bring focus to the list. Read more
Maria Sinskey & Donna Leonard of Il Buco Alimentari
Happy Friday! Happy Spring! We bring you great joy from today’s luncheon at Il Buco Alimentari with Maria Sinskey. Descending from the heavens of Napa Valley, Maria hosted us for a fabulous luncheon at Il Buco, where she introduced the latest releases from Robert Sinskey, including Vin Gris 2013, Pinot Blanc 2012, Abraxas 2012, Pinot Noir 2011, POV 2010 and Marcien 2008. Sneak peek…they’re all pretty amazing. Read more
Generating attention for the unheralded wine regions of the world Eric Asimov has recently written about Amontillado, Sicilian reds, and now Bandol. Exposing atypical wines and their regions to a worldwide readership, Asimov concedes that these wines might not be readily available at every local store; however, it’s gem estates like Domaine la Suffrene Bandol, that make every bottle worth seeking.
“Growing up with a house in the middle of a vineyard, I have lots of fond memories running around the vineyard, tasting the fruit, watching my parents make homemade wine,” said Luke Bass, who now lives with his family in the midst of these same vines at the Porter Bass Estate. In some sense, Luke’s life hasn’t much changed since he first moved to this property in 1980, at the age of five. “I’ve been pruning and working the vines with my parents for as long as I can remember.” Selling fruit to Littorai since 1993, and overseeing the vineyard’s transition to organic and biodynamic farming in 1999, Luke has worked his way from Porter Bass to Flowers and back again, to bring us these incredible wines of place from Guerneville, CA, just nine miles from the Pacific Ocean. Read more