Rhône Valley (Part Three) – Winter 2019

By |February 8th, 2019|Categories: France, Rhône Valley, Travel Report|

Day three in the Rhône meant a few lesser-known producers to most of you... Domaine Fayolle Fils & Fille The brother/sister team of Laurent Fayolle and Céline Nodin operate this small family estate in Gervans, where they produce Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, and St. Peray. Crozes-Hermitage is a somewhat weird appellation - Originally it was close to the Hermitage hill, stretching to

Rhône Valley (Part Two) – Winter 2019

By |February 5th, 2019|Categories: France, Rhône Valley, Travel Report|

We keep things going on day two in the Rhône... Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières is a very old family estate, whose name comes from a place of pilgrimage visited by the Provençal people in the middle ages who believed that the fountain on the property would protect them from the plague. Claude Roux and his

Rhône Valley (Part One) – Winter 2019

By |February 1st, 2019|Categories: France, Rhône Valley, Travel Report|

Mike Temple had a soft spot for Rhône wines and therefore the region has always been a strength in our portfolio. We spent several days both on our own and with the perennially charismatic Harry Bosmans. Arnoux Pere et Fils Vacqueyras' oldest winery, Arnoux is centered smack dab in the middle of Vacqueyras center and takes up a few

Provence – Winter 2019

By |January 30th, 2019|Categories: France, Travel Report|

Provence isn’t always sunny and warm - Temperatures were in the 40’s with a wicked mistral that made us feel like we were sitting in the stands of Soldier Field during a January playoff game. We had a bit more time today than normal and were able to spend quality time with two very important producers here at Grape,

Southern Burgundy and Beaujolais – Winter 2019

By |January 27th, 2019|Categories: Burgundy, France, Travel Report|

Day three was an eye-opener. Gerald Talmard introduces us to his friends and neighbors in Chardonnay, we gorge on wine soaked meat with the Jambon family @ Domaine Thulon, and finish up at Louis Picamelot's brand new winery to taste what have to be the finest set of non-Champagne bubbles in France. Gerald Talmard Our visit to Talmard

Burgundy – Winter 2019

By |January 24th, 2019|Categories: France, Podcast, Travel Report|

The journey continues to Burgundy, with visits to Domaine R. Dubois & Fils, Domaine Guy & Yvan Dufouleur, and Justin Girardin.  Snow threatened, Frank took care of his Andouillette fix, and all things said a solid day at the office. Vintage Summary Conditions in Burgundy for the 2018 vintage were similar to Alsace, and the whole Northern part of