American Wine: What You Need to Know

How did America’s wine industry go from rivaling Europe to becoming almost nonexistent by the 1960s? This week we’ll revisit the history of American wine. Editor's Note: If you missed our "wine of the week" email, we have two very unique Argentine wines available......

Napoleon III, A Wine Marketing Genius

With the Wine Explorer out this week, we’ll revisit a classic essay from last year, about Napoleon III, the greatest wine marketer of all time. Speaking of France... a 90pt fruity, organic wine from the historic Cabardès region... an old vine Rhône Red from a...

“Gray” Wines of Languedoc Revisited

For those unfamiliar with the gris de gris, it’s one of the more rare wine styles. Untouched, as of yet, by the industry’s hype machine (which is still focused on orange wine and “all-day rosé”), gris de gris is of tremendous value for the lively, “exuberant”...

The Verdict on Clairet

Finally, it arrived – a bottle of clear, ruby liquid... clairet. If you’ll remember from a couple weeks ago, clairet is a type of Bordeaux, the last vestige of the original Bordeaux style. In the Middle Ages, Bordeaux was a light, quaffable wine somewhere between a...

The wine we love to hate

Regular readers might accuse us of saying some hurtful things about chardonnay – that buttery oak syrup of a wine so often found in cheap magnums on the kitchen counters of the quietly desperate. But really, we like chardonnay. At least some chardonnay. Okay, so maybe...

Aladdin’s Wine (a claret explainer)

The poet Keats said of ‘claret’ that it did not, like other wines, “assault the cerebral apartments,” “but rather walks like Aladdin about his enchanted palace, so gently you do not feel his step.” A century and two-thirds later, advertising genius David Ogilvy...

“a Michelin star wine” (Your French Tasting w/ Julien)

“Feels like a wine you’ll find in a Michelin-starred restaurant” says Julien Miquel of our Domaine Aléofane 2019. In case you haven’t yet received your French Collection, Aléofane comes to us from the village of Crozes-Hermitage, which sits on a terraced vine hillside...

A Collection of Old Souls

Our upcoming French Collection has more old vine wine than any other collection we’ve sourced. Call it our “old souls” collection... But is that a good thing? More on that in a moment. But first… Why do wine glasses have stems? This week, resident expert Julien Miquel...

A French Retrospective with Julien Miquel

Ladies and gents… we’ve got new French wines on the way! Expect more info on that in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we’ll take a break from our regular programming to enjoy a short French wine “masterclass” with Julien Miquel… A bientôt les amis! 1. An...

shrinkage

Last week we delved into the matter of the shriveled grapes, riddled with botrytis, that grow along the Garonne river south of Bordeaux. But not all shrinkage comes from infection. Nor does winemaking with shriveled grapes always yield sweet whites of the kind found...

infections and why we love them

Wine is an infection. A fungus living on the grape skins (yeast, or, more precisely, saccharomyces) infects the grape, eating its sugars, and producing alcohol. But not all infections are created equal. TCA – the dreaded infection responsible for “cork taint” –...

Survival Tools of the Gaucho

It was late in the afternoon when the gaucho spotted the cow. He steadied his horse and raised his hand, signaling to his cumpas that they should fall back and be quiet. “Beautiful hide,” he thought. For a moment he fancied that he might keep it for himself. But then...

The Forces That Give France Its Great Wine

Editor's Note: We still have a limited number of cases from our extreme altitude Calchaquí Valley collection available (see inventory here). However, supplies are going fast. Click here to reserve your bottles.Every summer, we leave the US for France, arriving just as...

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