Champagne – Winter 2019

By |February 21st, 2019|Categories: Champagne, France, Travel Report|

The final leg of this intense tour took us (fittingly) to Champagne, where we spent full days with both Champagne De Saint Gall and Champagne Moutard. Alex Moutard shows us Arbanne in barrel! Champagne Moutard + Moutard Pere et Fils Lucien Moutard began producing Champagne under his own name in 1952 from grapes grown on

Loire Valley (Part Three) – Winter 2019

By |February 15th, 2019|Categories: Loire Valley, Travel Report|

Day three in the Loire took us to Sancerre, where we were able to catch up with our four main producers in the region - Henri Bourgeois, Gerard Fiou, Gilles Lesimple, and Pierre Riffault. Henri Bourgeois Family owned wine companies with the ability to keep the quality sky-high from generation to generation, even at scale...We are into this sort

Loire Valley (Part Two) – Winter 2019

By |February 13th, 2019|Categories: France, Loire Valley, Travel Report|

Domaine Masson Blondelet The brother and sister team of Mélanie and Pierre Masson run this staunchly organic estate which they’ve taken over from their parents who founded it in the 1970’s. Pierre is the beautiful man gracing our landing page this month. You’ll see the winery on your right immediately upon rolling into Pouilly-sur-Loire, and their sixty lovingly tended

New Podcast Episode – Drinking in the Kitchen with Derek Mossman and Pilar Miranda of Garage Wine Co

By |February 12th, 2019|Categories: Chile, Podcast|

Angelo Simonetti caught up with the inimitable Derek Mossman and Pilar Miranda of Garage Wine Co. while in Chile several weeks ago. They spent some time in the kitchen and went through current and upcoming releases including Garage's yet to be seen 2018 Old Vine Pale. For those of you not familiar with Garage Wine Co., they're at the forefront

Loire Valley (Part One) – Winter 2019

By |February 11th, 2019|Categories: France, Rhône Valley, Travel Report|

Our first day in the Loire brought us to a cloudy Touraine where we spent most of our day with the leadership team at Loire Propriétés, and checked in with Christophe Godet at Domaine de Marcé.  Loire Propriétés Our tasting took place at Vignerons Oisly & Thesee, a cooperative holding 500 acres of mostly Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc in