Combat Cold Weather By Enjoying Époisses Cheese and Crisp Wines

Combat Cold Weather By Enjoying Époisses Cheese and Crisp Wines

Enduring cold weather at the start of a new year calls for serious measures. Time to break out the Époisses de Bourgogne cheese and tasty wines. Those already familiar with the glories of Époisses know what I mean. Once you’ve experienced Époisses, the intense sensory impressions cannot be forgotten. Passionate reactions are common. Époisses cheese… Continue Reading

Eat and Drink Well in Alsace      …Without Breaking The Bank.

Eat and Drink Well in Alsace …Without Breaking The Bank.

Mention Alsace in France and invariably you’ll hear: “One eats and drinks well in Alsace.” It’s true. Notable, modestly priced coups de cœur—instant personal favorite restaurants—abound. They reflect an unique mix of French, German and Swiss cultures while relying on the glorious bounty of regional products coming Alsace’s diverse soils and remarkably dry, sunny climate.… Continue Reading

Alsace’s 51 grand crus offer wines meriting a closer look

Alsace’s 51 grand crus offer wines meriting a closer look

By most measures, the F.E. Trimbach’s riesling Clos Sainte Hune remains the flagship of Alsace’s dry white wines. Made from grapes grown in Rosacker vineyard’s distinctive Dolomitic limestone, the wine’s consistent elegance, complexity and fidelity to terroir certainly merit accolades. But Alsace’s glorious dry rieslings do not stop there. The sheltering Vosges Mountain to the… Continue Reading

Visit to Domaine Bott-Geyl in Beblenheim, Alsace.

Visit to Domaine Bott-Geyl in Beblenheim, Alsace.

Beblenheim, Alsace, France Domaine Bott-Geyl’s talented winegrower Jean-Christophe Bott clearly enjoys putting boots in vineyard soils. For our 9:30 AM appointment he arrives on a small tractor direct from early morning vineyard work. “Everything in the vineyard is done in the light,” he says leading the way out of Beblenheim’s picture post card streets. We… Continue Reading

Celebrate ‘climats’ of Burgundy with distinctive wines

Celebrate ‘climats’ of Burgundy with distinctive wines

On July 5, the 1,247 vineyard parcels of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or region, along with the commercial wine center of Beaune and the regional political capital of Dijon, joined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage List. This prestigious designation recognized the “outstanding universal significance” of Burgundy’s grape-growing and wine-producing traditions developed over… Continue Reading

L’Acino Vini gives a taste of Calabria terroir, culture

L’Acino Vini gives a taste of Calabria terroir, culture

In 2006, Dino Briglio, Antonello Canonico and Emilio Di Cianni, native sons of the mountains in Calabria, Italy, followed their dream. With plenty of passion but no formal winegrowing background, they launched L’Acino Winery near the ancient fortified town of San Marco Argentano. They aimed to produce traditional wines worthy of Calabria’s noble, under-appreciated terroir. After… Continue Reading

Alsace Winemakers Focus On Healthy Soils and Terroir

Alsace Winemakers Focus On Healthy Soils and Terroir

Just outside the picture-postcard village of Turckheim in Alsace, France, winegrower Olivier Humbrecht tramps through the rows of his hillside Clos Jebsal vineyard. His observant eye focuses not on the vines, but on the plants on the ground. “By looking at what grows between the vines, I can tell about the soil conditions,” Humbrecht says.… Continue Reading