Dégustations/Tastings

2006 Jacquart Blanc de Blancs 

2006 Jacquart Blanc de Blancs 

Situated in Reims, France, Champagne Jacquart is a cooperative of over 1800 winegrowers who come together under a single brand. Since 1979, Jacquart has been under the leadership of Régis Camus, winemaker for Piper-Heisieck. However, the head winemaker for Jacquart is a woman by the name of Floriane Eznack. It is she who is the mastermind(…)

Cru Beaujolais- Domaine de la Coupe au Loup (Morgon)

Cru Beaujolais- Domaine de la Coupe au Loup (Morgon)

Beaujolais wines, at least in the U.S. sadly are often misunderstood. Many Americans confuse Beaujolais wines for Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais Nouveau was never intended as a ¨real¨ wine that gets better with age or is carefully selected to pair with food. The same way that green beer during Saint Patrick’s Day does not taste or represent quality beers,(…)

Tesoro Della Regina (Dry) Prosecco

Tesoro Della Regina (Dry) Prosecco

Did you know that traditionally Prosecco is made in a drier style than what we (in the US) typically find on the retailers’ shelves? Apparently for the market here in North America, which has the reputation of having a sweeter palate, makers of this Italian sparkling wine will sweeten things up a bit in order(…)

Château de Nages Costières de Nîmes Blanc

Château de Nages Costières de Nîmes Blanc

Recently I posted the Châteauneuf du Pâpe (CDP) Blanc, one of the most unique and interesting white wines I’ve ever had. A beautiful and very good wine, but not the easiest to find due to its low production. So located less than an hour from CDP (direction southwest) is a lesser known area called Costières de Nîmes,(…)

Spring Rosé Tasting at Savvy’s…

Spring Rosé Tasting at Savvy’s…

    This was a wine tasting that I learned about through happenstance. I was at Savvy Cellars shopping for my ¨weekend¨ wine when I overheard a conversation between a customer and an employee about an upcoming rosé tasting the following day. At the checkout I inquired about the details of the tasting and later put(…)

Châteauneuf du Pâpe Blanc/White

Châteauneuf du Pâpe Blanc/White

Miam, miam, miam… What a treat! Most wine lovers know of this famous appellation for its red blends. But did you know that the world renowned Châteauneuf du Pâpe also makes white wines too? The production is very small, only about 5-8 %, which may explain why these wines are more rare and harder to(…)

High Museum Wine Auction

High Museum Wine Auction

The Crème de la Crème of wine events in Atlanta, the annual High Museum Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art and the top charity fundraiser in Atlanta. The festival hosts over 100 wineries, more than 80 (very good) restaurants, well over 1000 benefactors, and welcomes food, wine and art lovers from(…)

Château l’Hospitalet- La Reserve (White) by Gérard Bertrand

Château l’Hospitalet- La Reserve (White) by Gérard Bertrand

I forget how I was first introduced to the Gérard Bertrand brand. But so far all of the wines from his estates that I have tried, including the sparkling wines have been fantastic. This one was hand selected by Richard, wine buyer for Savvy Cellars in Sandy Springs/ Atlanta, GA. The wine is from the(…)

‘Cheeses of Europe’ Cheese Tasting

‘Cheeses of Europe’ Cheese Tasting

    The last time I had a cheese course like this was at Place Maubert in Paris’ Latin Quarter, at the Fromagerie Laurent Dubois. It was there that I had my first education of the various cheese regions of France, the different styles, flavors and wine pairings for each variety. Then came the Cheeses of(…)

An Impromptu Tasting

An Impromptu Tasting

          So I’m at Total Wine looking for an earthy French white. I ask an employee for a recommendation and after some friendly chatter about wines, he says, “We happen to have a couple of bottles open. Would you like to try?”. “Well what kind of wines exactly?” was my question. “Nuits St.(…)