the 12 days of fizzmas: crémant from the loire on day 10
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the 12 days of fizzmas: crémant from the loire on day 10

LOVED this, so seriously just go buy it! This is our third crémant in Fizzmas – so many good ones from all over France. Crémant from the Loire requires hand-picked grapes, light pressing, and long maturation. This Langlois sparkling rosé is all Cabernet Franc (the predominant red grape in the Loire) and packed with just-picked strawberry … Continue reading

the 12 days of fizzmas: crémant from bordeaux on day 5
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the 12 days of fizzmas: crémant from bordeaux on day 5

Bordeaux’s main white grapes are Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, so obv that’s what most of their sparkling is made from. Jaillance Crémant is made in the same method as champagne, and their “Cuvée de l’Abbaye” is made with Semillon and Cab Franc grapes. It’s dry, delicious, and awesome with savory foods (like gougères, aka cheese puffs). The … Continue reading

neil patrick harris crashes a winery’s website
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neil patrick harris crashes a winery’s website

I’m getting really into Washington State wines. Apparently, so is Neil Patrick Harris. Yesterday he tweeted: “One of my favorite wineries, Slight of Hand Cellars, released their 2011 Conjurer. Delicious, with a fetching label: http://tinyurl.com/a2uwz74.” Two hours later, Fifteen minutes later (see comment below!), their website crashed. I’d never even heard of Sleight of Hand and NPH’s … Continue reading

bend it like bordeaux
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bend it like bordeaux

All these reports came out that Paris Saint-Germain, the French football club that just got David Beckham, wants to release a Bordeaux with its players on different labels. They were supposedly in negotiations with Francis Lamblin, the winemaker at Chateau Lamblin in the Côtes de Bourg region of Bordeaux. But after everyone started freaking out, Lamblin told Decanter that he told … Continue reading