Part II – Notes from the French Harvest

Last week, we told you about how the vignerons of France toil at the intersection of three gigantic climatic forces: the Atlantic Ocean, the African continent, and Eurasia. The upside is an almost unmatched diversity of terroirs… if these forces act as expected. So...

Notes from the French Harvest

This week, we hear from the front lines of the French vendange, the grape harvest that runs from August to October, culminating in the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, a four-day bacchanalia that takes over the old “Belle Epoque” streets of Paris’ 18th...

What No One Understands About Champagne

First of all: Congratulations to all of you who were able to purchase Italian cases!  We sold out much faster than we expected. Demand was so high, in fact, that we’re already trying to secure a few extra cases of our upcoming French shipment (which will include a...

The Mysterious Case of the Missing Malbec

Baltimore, MD If you looked closely at the notes we included with your first shipment of small-batch, Argentine wines, then you know that aging your Tacana and Puramun malbecs for another decade could yield remarkable results. High-altitude malbecs, in general, are...

What a Jordan Insider Told Us

Annapolis, MD “Hopefully she hasn’t read what we’ve written about that buttery Chardonnay,” we thought.  We were talking to Maggie Kruse, new head winemaker for Jordan Winery in California. Don’t worry, we’re not about to sell you a $90 California Cab (though if you...