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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

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