Tag: Burgundy

Burgundy’s Long Reach

Reviews of Domaine du Castel “C” Chardonnay 2012 and several Glen Grant Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.
Led by the owners of two of the region’s most renowned vineyards, France’s Burgundy region has applied to become a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. This honor is conferred upon locations that have “outstanding universal value from the historical,

Burgundy and Japanese Cuisine Prove A Perfect Paring

Red Burgundy is an ideal wine to serve with Japanese Cuisine.
Sake is the classic accompaniment to Japanese food. Often called rice wine, it actually is “brewed” from rice that has been “polished” to expose the underlying starch. Quality varies depending upon the amount of polishing and whether or not alcohol is added to develop

An American Winemaker in Burgundy Feels the Squeeze in Economic Turndown

These are tough times to be a winemaker. Consumers are buying but overall sales are down, and the demand for the higher-priced wines has nearly evaporated. The larger producers are better positioned to withstand the economic downturn, but even the giant wine conglomerates are laying off employees. For smaller producers who make limited amounts of

With Wines, Old Is New Again

The pleasures of older wines.
I prefer “Chinatown” to the “The DaVinci Code,” “On The Waterfront” over “Gladiator” and will drop everything to watch “Casablanca.” Angelina Jolie certainly has her attributes but Ingrid Bergman has a vulnerable sadness. Older movies have a captivating elegance and

New Year’s Resolution: A Frugal Cellar

Suggestions for a "Frugal Cellar" from Becky Wasserman-Hone
I love wine. I love expensive wine and I love value-oriented wine.Unfortunately, the latter does not always garner the attention it deserves. But given the economic challenges facing us for at least the immediate future, my New Year’s resolution is to readjust my wine

Great Days In Burgundy Features Regional Vintages

A visit to Burgundy during Les Grand Jours de Bourgogne.
Les Grand Jours de Bourgogne, a six-day exposition that highlights the wines of this fabled region, draws importers, merchants and Burgundy aficionados from around the world, occurs every two years. This year, mostly 2006 vintages were featured, with some of 2005s and older ones thrown

A Night To Remember: Fine Food And Fabulous Wines

Great food and spectacular wines make for a wonderful charity dinner.
The format is simple: Invite some generous friends to a great restaurant that will include the corkage in the price of the meal. Send out the menu beforehand so everyone can select appropriate wines to bring. The guests not only pay for their meal,

Burgundy Available At Less Than Exorbitant Prices

A look at some reasonably-priced 2003 Burgundies.
France’s Burgundy region — comprised of the Chablis, Cote ’Or, Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais and Beaujolais districts — has 400 types of soil and hundreds of small vineyards, and is subject to unpredictable weather. Only a small amount of land along the slopes is used to grow Chardonnay, Pinot