Have you been exploring along? Here are this month’s grape and region suggestions, and if you’ve had them before then pick your own adventure! Grape: Cab Franc This is one of the five grapes found in a Bordeaux blend, but all on its own you get plum and green pepper. Bernard Baudry is one my favorite … Continue reading
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Take these tips as you get your grill on today! Happy 4th! Hamburgers: A Tempranillo-based Riojahas just enough spice to handle whatever you load your burger with. Look for Crianza on the label, which is a more casual style meant to be drunk younger. Anything with BBQ sauce: A spicy, jammy Zinfandel pairs super well with richly sweet … Continue reading
tour de france de wine
We all know Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Champagne, but as cyclists are pedaling all over the country in July why not explore some French wine regions you might not know? alsace Ugh, they make just fantastic Pinot Blanc here which is incredibly refreshing on hot summer days. It’s very light with just enough yellow apple. And this Hugel … Continue reading
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
mommy, where do bubbles come from?
On the 5th day of Fizzmas my true love gave to me… a lesson on bubbles! This is actually pretty fun. So during fermentation, carbon dioxide is produced. For most wines, this CO2 is just released into the air, never to be seen again. But Champagne actually undergoes two fermentations, and in the second one … Continue reading
oh yeah, you blend
Went to an awesome event the other night, where we got to blend our own Sancerre wines! Winemaker Pierre-Jean Sauvion brought samples of four Sauvignon Blancs (the grape in Sancerre) from different soils. It’s sometimes embarrassing to admit, but I totally geek out about soil. The kind of soil you plant a grape in will … Continue reading
happy muscadet and oysters hour!
muscadet, clos de briords, domaine de le pepiere, loire 2010 Continue reading