Friday, December 29, 2017

Domaine Macle Featured in Wine Advocate

The latest issue of Wine Advocate features an article about Jura producer Domaine Macle. Author Luis Gutiérrez notes: "I first wrote about the Jura in early 2010, and I already wondered if Domaine Macle was the greatest winery in Jura. When it comes to consistency, quality of the terroir and traditional floraged wines, they surely are." This is a fantastic deep dive into a small production winery in a little-known area, complete with a vertical tasting with wines going back to 1979.


Coming from a long line of barrel makers, the Macle family settled in Château Chalon in 1850 to grow wine. Initially they practiced mixed agriculture, but by the 1960’s were focused solely on wine. They cultivate 12 hectares, 8 planted to Chardonnay in the Côte de Jura and 4 planted to Savagnin in Château-Chalon. Laurent Macle is the 7th generation winemaker of Domaine Macle. He works closely with his father, Jean, to produce some of the top wines from the Jura. Breaking with long-standing tradition, Laurent has experimented with producing a non-oxidative (ouille) wine in very small proportions. According to Laurent, after sampling other examples of this style, he simply wanted to try his hand at it. What sets Macle apart from nearly all other Jura producers is their ability to give clear, diverse and unique flavors, with an undeniable mineral-driven elegance.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Recipe Thursday: New Year's Day Brunch

If there’s one libation to kick off the New Year, it’s certain to be sparkling. After an evening of carousing, the perfect way to kiss 2017 good-bye and welcome 2018 with open arms is with an elegant glass of bubbly and a proper brunch. No late-morning meal is complete without Eggs Benedict, and we love the classic recipe from The New York Times.


Craig Lee for The New York Times


With its creamy hollandaise, toasty English muffins and crispy Canadian bacon, Eggs Benedict begs for a crisp, dry Crémant to cleanse the palate, such as Renaud’s Crémant de Bourgogne. The nice round texture, and fresh mineral and fruit notes of the sparkling wine balance out the decadence of the Eggs Benedict. It's clean, classic and crisp to perfection -- a great way to start off the year.

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Wine of the Week - David Renaud Crémant

With 2018 approaching, we just had to feature a sparkling wine this week. This dry, structured sparkler is perfect for all your festivities!

Hailing from the far north of Burgundy, this blanc de noirs is 100% Pinot Noir from Irancy. Sometimes referred to as the red wine of Chablis, Irancy is in the Côte Auxerrois, just north of the Cote d’Or. David Renaud’s domaine, which has been in his family for four generations, sits on 11 hectares under vine on soils of Kimmeridgean marl and brown limestone. It unfurls within the best territories in Irancy, Vincelottes and Cravant, at altitudes ranging from 150-250 meters. “I like to think of myself as an orchestra conductor,” says Renaud, “who is able to create beautiful compositions thanks to the talented people working with and around me.” He continues: “Without these people wine would not exist, and I would not be a winemaker.”

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Recipe Thursday: Chenin Blanc and Thai Red Curry

From the golden-hued curry of India to the green and red variety of Thailand, curry is a brilliant, exotic fusion of spices. With its multi-dimensional flavor profile and varying levels of spiciness, many oenophiles ponder, “What wine shall I pair with curry?”

Photo: Food Network


Take this delicious Spicy Red Curry Chicken recipe from Robert Irvine at Food Network. Aromatic red curry paste is simmered in coconut milk with chicken and umami-rich vegetables, yielding a warm and comforting weeknight dinner. Though complex in flavor, pairing wine with curry doesn’t have to be a complex endeavor. Try a dry Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, such as Pascal Laffourcade’s Savennières. Medium-bodied with herbal, spice and mineral notes, this beautiful white makes a harmonious companion to the vibrant red curry.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Wine of the Week - Domaine Laffourcade Savennières

One of the most versatile white grape varietals is none other than Chenin Blanc. This grape is used to make a variety of wine styles, from steely whites, to rich sweet dessert wines, and even fresh sparkling wines. Chenin Blanc is know as a carrier of terroir because it is greatly influenced by the region in which it is grown. Located in Loire Valley, Laffourcade's Savennières is medium bodied dry wine with a floral and melony character, with hints of honeysuckle and beeswax. This Savennieres possesses crisp acidity, penetrating flavors, and a dry, heady, mineral-laced finish. A beautiful wine! 

In 1970, Pascal Laffourcade launched an ambitious project. Already a mainstay in the tiny and prestigious appellation of Quarts de Chaume, he decided to create wines from the two other most sought-after Chenin crus of the Anjou region: Bonnezeaux and Savennières. Laffourcade acquired his Bonnezeaux property, Chateau Perray Jouannet shortly thereafter and added the eponymous Savennières vignoble in 1988. Vignobles Laffourcade, the final prong of the Laffourcade triumvirate, is seated right on the banks of the Loire River, and almost at the city limit of Angers. This property is the largest of the three, encompassing close to 100 hectares under vine. Clos de la Royauté, Pascale’s single vineyard Savennières site, comprises only 5 of these hectares.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Domaine Jean Macle Listed in Wine Advocate's Best of 2017

Luis Gutierrez, writing for Wine Advocate, has listed his visit to Domaine Jean Macle amongst his best experiences of 2017. He writes: "Truth is that I don’t do that many verticals, and maybe I should do more… It wasn’t a large vertical, but the best I can remember in 2017 happened at Château Chalon, in the cellars of the Macle family."


Coming from a long line of barrel makers, the Macle family settled in Château Chalon in 1850 to grow wine. Initially they practiced mixed agriculture, but by the 1960’s were focused solely on wine. They cultivate 12 hectares, 8 planted to Chardonnay in the Côte de Jura and 4 planted to Savagnin in Château-Chalon. Laurent Macle is the 7th generation winemaker of Domaine Macle. He works closely with his father, Jean, to produce some of the top wines from the Jura. Breaking with long-standing tradition, Laurent has experimented with producing a non-oxidative (ouille) wine in very small proportions. According to Laurent, after sampling other examples of this style, he simply wanted to try his hand at it. What sets Macle apart from nearly all other Jura producers is their ability to give clear, diverse and unique flavors, with an undeniable mineral-driven elegance.

Friday, December 15, 2017

James Suckling Names Virna Barolo to His Top 100 Italian Wines of 2017

Receiving a huge 97 points from James Suckling, Virna's 2013 Barolo Cannubi Boschis has been ranked #26 on the Top 100 Italian Wines of 2017! Cannubi is arguably the most historic vineyard in Barolo, and the Cannubi Boschis hill is special because it combines the noted limestone soils of the rest of Cannubi with a healthy dose of sand. This soil makeup, along with lower altitude and cooler temperatures, courtesy of the proximity to the Alba and Tanero Rivers, combine to produce a wine that has both elegance and richness.



The Borgogno family has owned vineyards in Barolo since 1720, and have always attached particular importance to the work carried out in the vineyards and the selection of only the best grapes. The Virna label was created in 2001, when Virna Borgogno became proprietor of her family’s estate. Today the estate stretches out over an area of around 12 hectares, producing wines from grapes grown on its own vineyards located in historic crus in the Barolo wine-making area. Though the wines are from different crus, each one represents the heritage and tradition of the Barolo region.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Drew Family Wines in Decanter's Top 75 of the Year!

Congratuations to Drew Family Wines, whose Syrah "Valenti Ranch" has landed on Decanter's Most Exciting 75 Wines of the 2017! Listed at #28, this Syrah is harvested from a vineyard six miles from the ocean on a mid elevation windswept east facing ridge at 1,350-1600 feet. The constant maritime winds coupled with thin marginal soils of oceanic sedimentary origins lends itself to naturally lower yields. This translates into greater intensity at lower sugar levels and firm acid structure. The aromas immediately remind one of a traditional Northern Rhone with those distinctive cracked pepper notes.


Recipe Thursday: Cozy Up with Winter Fare and Hearty Reds

Whether blanketed in snow or just a chill in the air, winter is just around the corner. Cozy holiday gatherings are in full swing and the fireplace is beckoning with warmth and ambience.  Regardless of the temperature outside, this is the time of year we crave hearty winter fare and full-bodied, bold reds.

Photo by: Gieves Anderson; Food Styling by: Anna Hampton


To really warm the bones, nothing can beat a tender, beefy plate of short ribs. Epicurious’ Five-Spice Short Ribs with Carrot-Parsnip Purée incorporates Chinese five-spice powder, which brings a warm, spicy-sweet essence to the short ribs. Now all we need is a wine with body and structure to stand up to the rich flavors, but also something fruit forward and aromatic to bring out the toasty caramelization of the meat and vegetables. Clesi’s Cabernet Sauvignon, with its robust fruit, warmth and spice, is the perfect wine to match.

What foods do you like to cozy up with?

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