Dégustations/Tastings

Champagne Ernest Rapenau- Épernay

Champagne Ernest Rapenau- Épernay

Épernay, France. One of my favorite destinations in the Champagne region and conveniently just a short train ride, an easy day trip east of Paris.  Just minutes away from Épernay is the village of Hautvillers, the same village where the famous Dom Perignon lived and worked as a cellarer. Here, the Rapenau family has been(…)

Burgundy Tasting by Domaine Louis Latour

Burgundy Tasting by Domaine Louis Latour

Burgundy is a place (a region) in France and is the birthplace for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. So a white Burgundy wine is Chardonnay and a red Burgundy wine is Pinot Noir. With over 20 selections available, the annual Louis Latour Burgundy tasting held by Atlantic Wines Inc. and led by Benard Retornaz, head of Maison Louis(…)

Château d’Armailhac- Grand Cru Classé (Pauillac)

Château d’Armailhac- Grand Cru Classé (Pauillac)

It’s a special (and VERY rare) treat for me to have a Bordeaux Grand Cru Classé, especially from Pauillac; hence the reason I like going to tasting events so I can try other people’s bottles. Lol! I had the Château d´Armailhac for the first time recently with some friends for my birthday, and it was gorgeous!(…)

Trentodoc- Italian Sparkling Wine

Trentodoc- Italian Sparkling Wine

    For those who enjoy the more sophisticated bubbles such as Champagne (meaning from Champagne, France) you have to try Trentodoc! This is a sparkling wine from the Trentino region of northern Italy, as if you’re heading towards Austria. In fact the Dolomites mountainous region where the vineyards are located reminds me of the landscape(…)

Ellena Giuseppe- Langhe Nascetta DOC (Italian White)

Ellena Giuseppe- Langhe Nascetta DOC (Italian White)

The other day while at Savvy Cellars shopping for wine, I was looking for a drier style Italian white. Richard, the ¨wine guy¨ at Savvy’s recommended this bottle. It is from northern Italy’s Piemonte/Piedmont region, more specifically the DOC (Denominazione di origine controllata) vineyard area of Langhe. The grape varietal is 100% Nascetta,  a relatively unknown Langhe(…)

Pontífiícís – Southern France White Blend

Pontífiícís – Southern France White Blend

    Lately I’ve really been enjoying white blends from the south of France. There is something about the mineral and herbaceous notes that I find appealing. This is one that I found at Trader Joe’s recently and priced at $6.99 per bottle, I have to say that it exceeded my expecations! It is a blend of 45%(…)

Corse – Corsican White Wine

Corse – Corsican White Wine

  My first time trying a white wine from Corsica. Corse is part of a current project called Locations by winemaker Dave Phinney of Orin Swift Wines. Orin Swift became well known after their release of The Prisoner, a popular Zinfandel-based wine made from purchased grapes. The recent Locations project is where Phinney basically goes ¨on location¨ and(…)

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(…)