arroyo grande pinot noir classique benoni

Wine
The 2013 vintage marked the second abundant harvest in a row in Arroyo Grande. There was little rain during the growing season, and the dry conditions in the spring provided an excellent “fruit set.” The drought continued through the harvest in this relatively cool AVA, providing ripe, pristine fruit.

In the glass, the Benoni “Arroyo Grande Classique” Pinot Noir has a brilliant garnet color. The nose blossoms with wild strawberry and raspberry with undertones of stony earth. On the palate, the […]

By |October 9th, 2014|tasting notes|Comments Off

coteaux du languedoc saint-christol cuvée prestige domaine bort

Wine
Frédéric Bort and his father Richard gradually acquired their sixty hectare of vines over many years. None of the land was “inherited,” and neither father or son come from a long line of winegrowers. But they always saw the potential for this land to produce “fine” wines despite it’s history for mass-production of cheap wine.

The two are in the process of converting all farming to “biologique” (organic), plowing with horses and giving up the use of herbicides. The windy, warm […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|tasting notes|Comments Off

menetou-salon domaine minchin

Wine
Bertrand Minchin grew up in a family of farmers and winegrowers. After a short career playing rugby, he returned to his Loire Valley roots and help direct the family’s farming interests more towards winegrowing in the appellation of Menetou-Salon where his grandfather had produced wine before World War II.

He and his wife, Albane established the Domaine Minchin in Menetou in the late 1980s and grew the estate’s reputation. Their south-facing vineyards are planted to an extreme density of nearly […]

valençay le claux delorme blanc domaine minchin

Wine
Bertrand Minchin grew up in a family of farmers and winegrowers. After a short career playing rugby, he returned to his Loire Valley roots and help direct the family’s farming interests more towards winegrowing in the appellation of Menetou-Salon where his grandfather had produced wine before World War II.

He and his wife, Albane established the Domaine Minchin in Menetou in the late 1980s and grew the estate’s reputation. In 2004 the two purchased vineyard land in the nearby VDQS, Valençay, […]

touraine chenonceaux tasciaca domaine ricard

Wine
When Vincent Ricard took over his family’s vineyards in 1999, his first priority was to quit selling grapes in bulk to the cooperative, which exasperated his father and antagonized his neighbors. Today he cultivates seventeen hectares planted mostly to Sauvignon Blanc, with small parcels of Cot (Malbec), Cabernet Franc, and Gamay, and the entire harvest is estate-bottled. The organic farming incorporates practices taken from the discipline of biodynamics, which Vincent encountered as a young disciple of Didier Dagueneau and François […]