The Gardinier family celebrates 30 years at Château Phélan Ségur

So excited I will soon be in Bordeaux, celebrating with the Gardinier family their 30 years at Château Phélan Ségur. The third dynasty to own the property, the family has… More »

Madeira Wine Institute Master Class & Gourmet Pairing Dinner

  Consider this delicious looking (and tasting!) shot of Caramelized Foie Gras with Fresh Fig Infused with Spices. What wine would you pair with it? Sauternes? Monday, October 6 was… More »

En Primeur: Experiencing Chateau Fourcas Hosten

“Welcome!” is the greeting from the charming Mommeja brothers, Renaud and Laurent, as they welcome me into their incredibly restored chateau that dates from the 18th century, and is designed… More »

Tasting the 2013 Vintage at Cheval Blanc

  The tasting at Cheval Blanc on April 1st was extremely well-attended, drawing journalists from all over the world as well as key figures in Bordeaux such as Kees Van… More »

Bordeaux En Primeur 2013: Experiencing Chateau LaFaurie-Peyraguey

“Welcome!” says amiable, dark-haired Eric Larramona, appearing beside the magical gate of Chateau Lafaurie-Peyraguey. M. Larramona oversees the vineyards at this magical first growth Sauternes estate with its varietal of… More »

Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2014

How about this for an idea? “If you like Rioja, try Washington State Merlot.”   What! Where did that curveball come from? Actually, it comes from Hugh Johnson’s new updated… More »

Exploring the Wines of Austria

“Austria is not Australia,” said our fearless leader Jason Turner, as he began his presentation on the Austrian Wine trade promptly at 10am the first morning of our trip at… More »

En Primeur 2013: Sunday Sauternes Dinner at Chateau LaFaurie-Peyraguey

How curious an entire year has passed since I last sipped various vintages of Chateau La Faurie Peyraguey with fellow journalists, under the delightful care of technical manager Eric Larramona,… More »

En Primeur 2013: Sauternes and Barsac Tasting at Chateau La Tour Blanche

So the Tasting of Sauternes and Barsac this year was at La Tour Blanche — very generous of them to host the tasting this year! As always, I am in… More »

Le Cercle Rive Droite 2012

  This week producers from Le Cercle Rive Droite were in New York to showcase their 2012 vintage. According to president of Le Cercle Rive Droite Dr. Alain Raynaud, the… More »

Château Smith Haut Lafitte honoured by the Grand Jury Européen

  Do you see that gorgeous Chateau above? It is owned by Florence and Daniel Cathiard, who met when they were skiing champions as very young teenagers and in the… More »

Tasting Notes (October 30, 2012)

  2011 Château Bonnet Andre Lurton White Bordeaux From the “snap” of the twist of the bottle to the fresh scent of grapefruit, and the clean taste of fresh acidity… More »

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