Mosel Calling: Daniel Twardowski & Mirco Keller Collaborate for an evening of German Gastronomic Excellence

As a proper send off to next week’s long weekend, we’ll be inviting winemaker Daniel Twardowski and a lineup of his incredible Pinots to the tables of Keller next Thursday July 27th. A pairing of sublime, unique, and elevated German wines calls for cuisine that waltzes to the same tempo, thus Berlin-native Mirco Keller bringsContinue reading “Mosel Calling: Daniel Twardowski & Mirco Keller Collaborate for an evening of German Gastronomic Excellence”

A tale of lamb, salt and wine

It’s not just consumers who are looking for ingredients of provenance, but also the families who work the fields, the farmland and the vines who seek to nourish the environment for the greater good. New Zealand is naturally an ideal place, and Central Otago, a rugged landscape, where the Crutchleys completely transformed pastures over theContinue reading “A tale of lamb, salt and wine”

Vin Gris!? Yes, a classy “grey wine” that is pink from the Lorraine

We do know and have occasionally tried a vin gris. But in hind sight, perhaps have taken more note of the Californian Vin Gris being offered, than ordering the original French version in a wine bar. Rosé wine, especially from Provence has been growing almost exponentially, but how does vin gris fit in? Vin GrisContinue reading “Vin Gris!? Yes, a classy “grey wine” that is pink from the Lorraine”

Clos des Chezeaux, Gevrey Chambertin

Amelie Berthaut – a few years ago the up and coming young winemaker, who returned from abroad, is already today a highly respected vigneron in her home town of Fixin in Burgundy. Both her parents are from winemaking lineage, owning the Domaine Denis Berthaut as well as Domaine Gerbet, which she now merged into DomaineContinue reading “Clos des Chezeaux, Gevrey Chambertin”

Two Paddocks, striking gold in former goldmine

When we began searching for a Central Otago Pinot Noir six years ago, the label of Two Paddocks immediately struck us, but it was the very restrained and classical style that was love at first sight. Even Francophiles might be tempted to try what Lisa Perotti-Brown, Master of Wine, calls “a very natural, almost leafyContinue reading “Two Paddocks, striking gold in former goldmine”

Fun times in Waipara, New Zealand

  Suppose most Riesling lovers on their way to becoming fanatics are those who have figured out the structured Alsatian from the finessed German and the fruit intense wines from Austria. Along the way they will also have tasted some Australian Riesling from the Clare and Eden Valley – you gotta love lime here – andContinue reading “Fun times in Waipara, New Zealand”

Domaine de la Cote, Santa Rita Hills

The International Guild of Sommelier explains that wines coming from marginal or cool climate sites tend to get a lot of “wind exposure generally lead to grapes with thicker skins, thereby changing the skin-to-juice ratio of the fruit. Grapes with thicker skins tend to produce more concentrated wines even without excess purposeful extraction in theContinue reading “Domaine de la Cote, Santa Rita Hills”

Domaine Henri Delagrange, Burgundy

“No view, no landscape, however varied, picturesque or grandiose can make me forget my little valley in Bourgogne”. So wrote Alexandre Dumas of a valley in the Hautes Côtes de Beaune. The Hautes Côtes overlooks the Côte de Beaune from the west, lying between Maranges and Ladoix-Serrigny. The interior is a succession of hills andContinue reading “Domaine Henri Delagrange, Burgundy”

Interview Bruno Lorenzon, Domaine Lorenzon

Name: Bruno Lorenzon Winery: Domaine Lorenzon Town/Country: Mercurey, France Which spot in your vineyard is the most special and why? The slope on top of the Champs Martin vineyard.  It is very chalky, not much clay and lots of stones, which gives our wine its purity and elegance. 2. If you link the dots in yourContinue reading “Interview Bruno Lorenzon, Domaine Lorenzon”

Viticulturist Interview Mike Wing, Two Paddocks

Name: Mike Wing Winery: Two Paddocks Town/Country: Central Otago, New Zealand Which spot in your vineyard is the most special and why? The rocky outcrop at our Last Chance Vineyard. Here there is a 360 degree view of Central Otago and it is always drenched in sun. 2. If you link the dots in yourContinue reading “Viticulturist Interview Mike Wing, Two Paddocks”