Produttori del Gavi – Spring 2019

By |March 28th, 2019|Categories: Italy, Piedmont, Podcast, Travel Report|

Did you say Gavi? Everything old is new again? I’m half deep into a love affair with this most noble white grape of Piemonte. Gavi’s planted vineyard area is 1,200 hectares in total (Napa is 18,000 hectares by comparison), and the village of Gavi itself serves as the region’s center. The DOC as a whole is made up of

New Podcast Episode – Catching up with Daniel Stewart of Guerrieri Rizzardi

By |March 26th, 2019|Categories: Italy, Podcast|

The venerable Guerrieri Rizzardi estate is on a roll these days, cranking out some of the most interesting examples of Amarone, Valpolicella Ripasso, and Soave Classico you'll find anywhere. Daniel Stewart paid us a visit last week and caught us up on all things Rizzardi-related. To listen, click here or pull us up on Spotify. A full

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