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Sound Opinions and John Cale Eat to the Beat at Nico

Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot and Jim DiRogatis along with producers Robin Linn and Jason Saldanha joined Chefs Paul Kahan and Matthias Merges along with Candid Wines to host John Cale of Velvet Underground fame at Nico Osteria. Both Paul and Matthias are “huge music dorks”, and Nico Osteria takes it’s name from the German singer Nico, whose […]

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Expression de Granite, Domaine de L'Ecu

Appel on Wine: Great Muscadet, from mineral-rich Loire Valley, worth a search | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

“Great Muscadet is available, and great Muscadet approaches the realm of great wine. Great Muscadet is the strangest normal white wine I know, expressing tremendously complex flavors and aromas, many of which stay outside the sphere of linguistically renderable. And great Muscadet costs less than $20 a bottle.” These are not my words, nor are […]

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Harvesting Gamay and making Beaujolais at Domaine de Boisfranc

Winemaker Thierry Doat produces a wonderfully clean Beaujolais on his family estate in Jarnioux, France. It seems that with every vintage, the price of small producer Beaujolais, especially those grown organically, climb a little bit higher. The Beaujolais that I cut my teeth on in France was clean, complex, and far less expensive than what […]

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Guy Chaumont’s Givry, from the Côte Chalonnaise

100% Chardonnay from Burgundy’s Givry appellation, farmed organically and raised in a combination of new and used French oak barrels.  Chaumont’s Givry combines elegant white and stone fruit flavors with an undertone of lemon zest and a suggestion of flint that provide a backbone for all sorts potential pairings.  Classically, soft white cheeses like Camembert […]

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Jason Wagner

Santomè Prosecco on Tasting Table

Thanks to our friend Jason Wagner, Sommelier at Nellcôte and RM Champagne Salon for including Santomè Prosecco on his list of bubbles to seek out this summer. From Tasting Table: Tenuta Santomè Prosecco ($16 at Whole Foods): Wagner describes this go-to as “Prosecco that has character,” but it still plays nice with others when mixed […]

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The Huff Family in the Hipping Vineyard

Weingut Huff: Where is the winery?

Looking out onto the Rhine River from the Hipping Vineyard. To help situate the Weingut Huff’s vineyards within the Rheinhessen, take a look at this very good map from The Wine Doctor’s site and his overview of the region. You can see the Hipping vineyard, from whence comes the Spätlese Trocken that we so love. […]

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Domaine St. Anne

Domaine Sainte Anne Rouge, Bordeaux

Domaine Sainte Anne, owned by Patrick and Maryse Boudon, is part of the larger Vignoble Boudon, a winery founded by Patrick’s grandfather in 1920 in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. The Boudon vineyard has been certified organic since 1963 and was the first organic vineyard in the Bordeaux region. The Boudon’s produce classic-style Bordeaux wines […]

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Domaine St. Anne Blanc, Bordeaux

Domaine St. Anne, owned by Patrick and Maryse Boudon, is part of the larger Vignoble Boudon, a winery founded by Patrick’s grandfather in 1920 in the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux. The Boudon vineyard has been certified organic since 1963 and was the first organic vineyard in the Bordeaux region. The Boudon’s produce classic-style Bordeaux wines […]

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Domaine de l’Ecu Expression d’Orthogneiss, Muscadet

The Bossard family has been producing wine in Muscadet for five generations. Guy Bossard and his wife, Annie Thuaud, produce award winning wines from their forty-two acre estate in the town of Le Landreau in Brittany on France’s Atlantic coast. Their vineyards are in the heart of the Sèvre et Maine district, the most renowned […]

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Granite label

Domaine de l’Ecu Expression de Granite, Muscadet

The Bossard family has been producing wine in Muscadet for five generations. Guy Bossard and his wife, Annie Thuaud, produce award winning wines from their forty-two acre estate in the town of Le Landreau in Brittany on France’s Atlantic coast. Their vineyards are in the heart of the Sèvre et Maine district, the most renowned […]

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