World-Class Sparkling Pinot Noir from Pennsylvania? You Bet!

World-Class Sparkling Pinot Noir from Pennsylvania? You Bet!

Discovering delicious surprises always provides a large part of the fun in drinking and sharing wines. Surprises keep you honest as a wine drinker while refreshing the senses and expanding the palate. Such is the case with the N.V. South Shore Wine Company, Sparkling Pinot Noir, Pennsylvania ($19.95; available online and at the winery). from… Continue Reading

Enjoy Tasty, Terroir-Focused Wines From Alsace’s Domaine Schoffit

Enjoy Tasty, Terroir-Focused Wines From Alsace’s Domaine Schoffit

Alsace white wine fans take note.  Just in time for holiday celebrations and dinners, father and son winegrowers Bernard and Alexandre Schoffit of Colmar offer three terrific wines with contrasting styles. All are ready for immediate enjoyment and available through Weygandt Wines in Washington, D.C. Pennsylvania’s PLCB Premium Collection stores also offer two of the… Continue Reading

The Alluring, Enchanting Delights of Chambolle-Musigny.

The Alluring, Enchanting Delights of Chambolle-Musigny.

Among Burgundy’s many delicious wines, those from Chambolle-Musigny frequently offer the most alluring and enchanting delights especially in outstanding vintages. The best examples balance delicate, complex red fruit aromas and ripe, transparent flavors with uplifting freshness and silky, elegant tannins.  Drinking and enjoying four terrific Chambolle wines at a recent lunch proved the point convincingly.… Continue Reading

Jean-Claude Rateau: Burgundy’s Biodynamic Pioneer Leads Change While Quietly Delivering Exhilarating, Delicious Wines

Jean-Claude Rateau: Burgundy’s Biodynamic Pioneer Leads Change While Quietly Delivering Exhilarating, Delicious Wines

Eighteenth century French philosopher Voltaire suggested “Il faut cultiver notre jardin”—“We must cultivate our garden”—even in the face of life’s complications and chaos. Burgundy winegrower Jean-Claude Rateau takes Voltaire’s advice to heart. Since graduating from Beaune’s Lycée Viticole in the late 1970’s, he has carefully cultivated his vineyards very much like a garden using organic and… Continue Reading

Alsace Winegrowers’ Palpable Passion for World Class Pinot Noirs

Alsace Winegrowers’ Palpable Passion for World Class Pinot Noirs

Burgundy may be Pinot Noir’s spiritual home, but Alsace winegrowers’ palpable passion for Pinot Noir these days cannot be ignored. Leading winegrowers such as André Ostertag, Christian Beyer, Jean-Paul and Marie Zusslin, Maxime Barmès and Rémy Gresser embody the renewed dedication to producing high quality, delicious Pinot Noir wines worthy of international attention. Each grower… Continue Reading