Touraine Gamay is widely dismissed as light, fruity, or superficial. At best, one might hear them referred to as charming. In a general sense, compared to cru Beaujolais, there is truth to the reputation. But in particular? There are wines of serious swagger being made here—wines well worth my attention and yours.Read More
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Why do we love wine? What is it about wine that so captures our imaginations? Yesterday a few of us opened a bottle of the newly arrived 2014 Pascal Janvier Jasnières and stood around marveling at it, turning it in our glasses, raising them to the light coming in through the window, dipping our noses below the rims. Not just the taste, but the color, the aroma, the way the liquid played as it swirled around in the bowl.Read More
Conversation is the true centerpiece of any good holiday gathering. Whether it's family or friends, new or old, we gather to acknowledge each other, to talk and to listen. Notoriously, some talk more than others. But there are simple ways to encourage the good kinds of chatter.
Busting out a large format bottle of some sexy red wine will engage a room as fast as you can say the words Grab a glass. Folks aren't really used to it. A magnum speaks up and says, No matter what else, we're doing something special tonight. Together. Everyone's involved. A bottle like this focuses everyone's attention and steers the conversation towards what is shared, more so than what is not. Call it anecdotal, but I'm here to say it works.Read More