Enjoy Ingenious French Wine and Food Moments in Paris

Enjoy Ingenious French Wine and Food Moments in Paris

For American-born Juan Sanchez, his Paris wine shop began with La Dernière Goutte, a French name meaning “the last drop.” But rather ironically for twenty years at this cozy establishment at 6 rue Bourbon-le-château in the Left Bank neighborhood of St-Germain-des-Prés, French wines and classes have flowed continuously. Over the years Sanchez added a trio of… Continue Reading

Northern Burgundy Vignerons Persevere with Pluck, Passion, Personality

Northern Burgundy Vignerons Persevere with Pluck, Passion, Personality

On the otherwise brilliantly clear morning of April 21, 2017, a smoky gray haze hung over the famous Chablis Grand Cru vineyards of Burgundy. The night before, temperatures dropped below freezing just like the two previous nights.  Exhausted, but plucky vignerons had again valiantly manned bougie smudge pots burning through the cold night air attempting… Continue Reading

Charles Lachaux: A Portrait of the Winegrower as a Young Man

Charles Lachaux: A Portrait of the Winegrower as a Young Man

In the early 2000’s, winegrower Pascal Lachaux of Domaine Robert Arnoux in Burgundy readily called on his teen-age son, Charles, to translate business conversations with English-speaking importers and journalists. The poised and engaging young man communicated confidently. His intelligence and the obvious bond of trust, mutual respect and collaboration between father and son made telling… Continue Reading

The Wizard of Saint-Aubin, Olivier Lamy, Strikes Again in 2015

The Wizard of Saint-Aubin, Olivier Lamy, Strikes Again in 2015

Visiting the village of Saint Aubin takes a bit of effort. It lies at the bottom of Burgundy’s famed Côte-d’Or vineyards, just to the east of Chassagne-Montrachet off the road leading out to the magnificent Сhâteau de la Rochepot, a restored historical site. For those who make the trip and snare a bit of time… Continue Reading

Pioneering Gevrey-Chambertin Winegrower Sylvie Esmonin Personifies Bold Change

Pioneering Gevrey-Chambertin Winegrower Sylvie Esmonin Personifies Bold Change

With this year’s International Women’s Day, the spotlight naturally shines on women in wine.  Until the late 1970’s, in the U.S. women primarily held technical laboratory roles and French women typically performed sales paperwork at wineries. Today women work professionally in every imaginable role such as winery owners, wholesale and retail wine distributors, restaurant sommeliers,… Continue Reading

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