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Posts Tagged ‘ burgundy ’

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Visiting Domaine Bart in Marsannay

“Ah, this is a gift from my cooper!” exclaims handsome Martin Bart, when I ask about his very cool t-shirt, that somehow matches his wild, flamboyant, Albert Einstein-ish hair.  Apparently the cooper gives producers different t-shirts each year, with the 2013 version purple. Okay – we are in Marsannay. For many years, perhaps centuries, it […]



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Hospices de Beaune 2014

Discovering Burgundy can be a life-long pursuit.  Few other places in the world can you have your right foot in one type of soil, and your left foot in a completely different soil. And though Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are the two main grapes of the regions, they take on a different expression in each […]



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From Terroir to Climats in NYC with Burgundy Wine Board

How fabulous to have Anne Parent as a speaker in today’s presentation for NYC journalists and trade about the terroir of Burgundy. The audience consisted of the city’s most vibrant journalists and trade representatives — and even though most of us were familiar with Burgundy and its terroir — it was so valuable to taste […]



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Visiting Burgundian Producers with Jeanne-Marie De Champs

  “I like a good farmer!” says Jeanne-Marie De Champs, owner of Domaines et Saveurs Collection in Burgundy. Jeanne-Marie represents over seventy producers and exports them to various countries, including the USA and my favorite wine stores. Jeanne-Marie is responding to my question about how she chooses the producers she represents. Each one I’ve met […]



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Visiting Domaine de la Perriere

  “Your grandfather actaually used that press!” I can’t help but exclaim, looking at the large, crude, roughly hewn 12th century wine press in the equally antiquated looking cellar. Anyone might believe it was used by ancient Mesapotanian slaves rather than a hard-toiling Burgundian winemaker atop a small hill in the appellation of Fixin. Yet […]



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Exploring Burgundy: Lesser Known Regions

  One of the most fabulous things about Manhattan is that one has no need to jump on a jet to explore exotic wine regions, as the regions themselves come to us. On March 16, Burgundy Wines came to Manhattan to educate journalists about "the lesser known village appellations from Burgundy." Leading hte seminar was […]



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Minevois comes to Le Bernardin

    One of the hallmarks of a good sommelier is the ability to match customers with the right wine, as well as match wine to the correct dish. Only a floor sommelier can tell you which is easier, yet one of the things I like best about Aldo Sohm, head sommelier at Le Bernardin […]



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Burgundy comes to NYC

Cecile Mathiaud pouring wine at the December 8, 2010 Burgundy Training Seminar Imagine how lucky you would be to experience Burgundy right in the middle of Manhattan! Several lucky journalists were able to experience six wines from Burgundy, and two Cremant (sparkling wine) on December 8th 2010.  Narrating the seminar was Anne Parent of Domaine […]



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Pinot Noir: Blind Tasting California, Oregon, and Burgundy

  Have you tried a themed tasting? In studying for my MW (Master of Wine) program, I typically ask wine stores to send wine blind (wrapped in bags) to try them with a friend before dinner and deduce what they are. Just recently, I decided to ask the stores to create "themed" tastings, which is […]



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Day 3: Cote de Nuits: 10th Edition Les Grands Jours De Bourgogne

To see Day 2 please click here To see Day 1 please click here   Today was the day to celebrate the Maconnais – one of the sunniest and most southern areas of Burgundy. The soil is limestone here and the wine is high in acidity, but riper than Chardonnay in the North. You can […]



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Day 2: Cote de Nuits: 10th Edition Les Grands Jours De Bourgogne

  Day 2 of Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne 2010 (to see Day 1, please click here) To see Day 3 please click here To See Day 4/5 please click here People who are new to Burgundy are often amazed at the high price, especially when it comes to the red wines of the Cote […]



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Day 1 Chablis: 10th Edition Les Grands Jours De Bourgogne

10th Edition Les Grands Jours De Bourgogne Wine friends, I’ve been obsessed with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir since my visit to Burgundy to take part in the Les Grand Jours De Bourgogne – a very exciting week in the lives of journalists and trade professionals, and of course the winemakers throughout Burgundy. This was my […]



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How to Train Yourself to Memorize Varietal Characteristics

White Burgundy Tasting Imagine yourself at a very elegant restaurant, hosting an important client, or trying to impress a date. You both decide on white fish as an entrée, so you are leaning toward a white wine. And since Chardonnay is such a popular grape, and Burgundy, France, such a respected region, you decide to […]



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Interview with Burgundian Negociant Jean-Marie de Champs of Domaines et Saveurs Collection

  Jean Marie de Champs with her Rose Guy Charlemagne Champagne On a recent visit to Burgundy for the Hospice du Beaune I was so delighted to meet one of its top negociants, Jean-Marie de Champs of Domaines et Saveurs Collection. If you love fine wine – yet have never been to Burgundy – your […]



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Tasting Fun at Hospices de Beaune Auction

Chocolate and Wine — A Perfect Match Do you like chocolate? If so, you may be curious to know that it pairs very well with wine — especially wine from Burgundy. Here I am, on the kind of gray overcast day that makes the charming city of Beaune even more mysterious, about to attend a […]



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Hospices de Beaune Weekend: Part 1

Nellie Blau Picard in center Have you ever wondered what it is like to attend the oldest and possibly most prestigious wine auction in the history of the world? Well, I am right here at the center of action in Burgundy at the festivities leading up to the Hospices de Beaune auction. I just finished […]



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Discovering Beaune

 “One of the challenges in the region is creating international awareness that wine from Burgundy can be enjoyed every day, not just for special occasions,” explains a representative from the region. And it’s true – though Burgundy is known for its Grand Cru wines that sell for tens of thousands of dollars a case and […]



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Q & A about Burgundy with Peter Wasserman of Becky Wasserman Selections

Celebrations surround Hospice de Beaune in Burgundy, France, quite possibly the longest running wine auction in the history of the world. Funds raised are used to support the hospital (known as the Hôtel-Dieu) which received its first patient on 1st January 1452. In the last sixty years, however, the level of bidding is seen as an indicator of the prices growers and negociants can get for their wine.



Exploring Wine Regions in the Jura

Today marks my first day in the Jura, a remote and very historical area of France known for its famed Vin Jaune wines. Like Burgundy, Jura offers the international Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, yet it also offers the white Savagnin and two delicious red grapes, Trousseau and Poulsard. As the region is just two hours’ […]



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Craggy Range Pinot Noir

    …. so by now, you’ve seen the film Sideways, tasted Pinot Noir, and count yourself as one of the varietal’s many fans. Yet do you like Pinot Noir from around the world, or just certain locations? Have you taught yourself to tell the difference between a Pinot from New Zealand and Burgundy? The […]