More Wines for Summer

Temperatures are skyrocketing and the only solution is to roll up your sleeves, get out a big old ice bucket and fill it with some summer stunners to help ward off the heat: From the new California School of wine makers, Arnot Roberts focuses on pure and lighter styles of winemaking in California and provides…

Summer Wines

2004 KISTLER CHARDONNAY HYDE, CARNEROS $98/bottle 94-96 points, Robert Parker Always a show-stopper in terms of aromatics, the flowery 2004 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard offers hints of smoky hazelnuts, honeysuckle, orange blossoms, buttered apples, and white currants. With exuberant fruit, full body, terrific definition and precision, it should provide plenty of pleasure over the next 6-8…

Wines of Piedmont

Piedmont enjoys an unrivaled seat among the world’s very finest wine regions. Located in northwest Italy it is the home of more DOCG wines than any other Italian region, among them such well known and respected names as Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera d’Asti. Although famous for its austere, tannic, and floral red wines made from Nebbiolo, Piedmont’s greatest success story…

The French love a bureaucracy

If there is one talent that the French have aside from winemaking, it would be their penchant for regulations. From what can grow where to how much you can harvest, the French wine world is tightly regulated. Every once in a while someone comes along and bucks the standard to create something truly great. This…

March Magnum Madness

2015 KISTLER LAGUNA RIDGE PINOT NOIR $299.98/bottle 94-97 points, Antonio Galloni The 2015 Pinot Noir Laguna Ridge Vineyard exudes depth, power and concentration. Extroverted and ample, the 2015 boasts magnificent richness from start to finish. Inky blue and purplish fruit, lavender, violets and licorice are fused together in the glass. A final taste reveals a creamy,…

La Paulée is here!

2014 LAFON CLOS DE LA BARONNE $132/bottle 88 points, Allen Meadows   2015 DOMAINE LEFLAIVE SOUS LE DOS D’ANE, MEURSAULT PREMIER CRU $174/bottle 89-91 points, Wine Advocate   2009 DOMAINE DUJAC AUX COMBOTTES, GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN PREMIER CRU $245/bottle 93 points, Anotonio Galloni   2012 FAIVELEY CHAMBERTIN GRAND CRU, CLOS DE BEZE $299/bottle 94 points, Wine Spectator  …

A Modern Tradition

In 1923 the modern day La Paulée was initiated by Jules Lafon, one of Burgundy’s most respected wine growers, when he decided to revive the traditional medieval grape harvest celebration to which Cistercian monks invited their vineyard laborers. Lafon held his first Paulée at his Meursault Domaine, inviting some of his friends to a small banquet in the…