Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Antonio Galloni Reviews Big Basin Vineyards

Writing for Vinous, Antonio Galloni takes a deep dive into Santa Cruz Mountains winery Big Basin Vineyards, reviewing the 2013, 2014, and 2015 vintages.

Praising the AVA, Galloni writes: "These rugged hillsides above Silicon Valley are home to some of the most distinctive, pedigreed Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines readers will come across."

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Stephen Tanzer Reviews Samuel Billaud

Stephen Tanzer, writing for Vinous, reports approvingly on Chablis producer Samuel Billaud's 2014s and offers a preview of the 2015 vintage.

He also reports on Billaud's new winemaking facilities and the two discuss the challenges of the 2015 vintage.

Cider of the Week - Le Père Mahieu "Cuvée du Vaubol"

Our cider of the week is a certified organic, semi-dry, sparkling cider from artisanal producer Le Père Mahieu - Cuvée du Vaubol!

Le Pére Mahieu, located in Normandy, France, is deeply committed creating their ciders in the most natural way possible. Instead of spraying their orchards with pesticides and herbicides, they cultivate the many different species of local insects and birds that keep the apple trees safe from any harmful predators or weather damage. By monitoring the insect and bird population Le Pére Mahieu can take measures to counteract any over-population or under-population that would cause imbalance to the ecosystem.

To maintain the organic nature of their ciders, the ciderie refrains from adding any sulfites or yeasts during fermentation or bottling, preserving the balance of sugars and acidity.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wine of the Week - Marie-Pierre Manciat Saint-Veran "Le Clos"

This 100% Chardonnay from southern Burgundy is bright and crisp - just the thing for hot summer days!

Saint-Véran extends around Pouilly-Fuissé in the Mâconnais. Wines from the region are well-rounded and have a strong mineral character. This Saint-Véran from Marie-Pierre is vinified just a touch of new oak, and is lively, but also nuanced.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New Reviews of Vadio and Herdade do Rocim!

Julia Harding, MW, writing for, has glowing praise for the new vintages of Vadio and Herdade do Rocim. These two Portuguese producers are at the forefront of the country's modern wine trade and provide a great snapshot of the uniqueness of Portugal today!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wine of the Week - Vignoble des 2 Lunes Pinot Noir

Today's wine of the week is Pinot Noir - from Alsace! The Vignobles des 2 Lunes "Périgée" is gorgeous example of this grape grown in a northern climate. Light bodied and dry, with subtle notes of raspberries, blackberries, and a hint of earth. Pairs with a variety of French dishes: roast chicken, salad niçoise, and cheese. Also nice with Middle Eastern cuisine such as lamb, hummus, or dolmeh.

Vignobles des 2 Lunes is a fourteen hectare Demeter-certified estate in the heart of the Alsatian wine country.  Owned and operated by the Buecher family for seven generations, sisters Amelie and Cecile Buecher have brought their own unique vision to the domaine; walking a fine line between a drive for modernization and respect for antiquity.