Many of my customers and blog followers are regularly reaching out to me asking me which Burgundy, Which Bordeaux, Which Champagne should they buy when there are so many choices. Many parts of France like Champagne or Burgundy use the word “CRU” which means a vineyard or specific village where the grapes come from. […]Read More Learn These Words: Grand Cru !!
Myself included, am on a budget when I buy wine for everyday drinking. If there is one comment all my customers say on a regular basis is “I just need a wine for everyday drinking. Nothing special.” I get that. Do you know what? You are special. Life is special. We see on the […]Read More Always Be Celebrating…Life !!
Who Knew There Was A Union?? Saint Emilion, a medieval village listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is famous around the world thanks to its prestigious appellations and great wines. The town’s beautiful architecture embodies a long history in which men and women have always sought to preserve their unique identity. One […]Read More Bordeaux: Look for The Union Label!!
2015 Vintage Is All About Saint Emilion Grand Cru As I continue to taste and review 2015 Bordeauxs as they trickle in, I am certain that will be a benchmark vintage for all of Bordeaux but I believe that the Right Bank Merlot based wines especially from St. Emilion will be the shining star of […]Read More St. Emilion Is The Shining Star of 2015
One Winery From My French Trip Our last stop on my whirlwind tour of France with Exporter Emilee Terrier and French Libation was in Bordeaux at Chateau Carignan. Another DUMP we had to stay at on our journey haha! We are talking a 14th Century Chateau here folks on the Right Bank Of Bordeaux. Château […]Read More PRIMA Wine Only Made In PRIMA Years
It’s been years since the Sideways movie came out and yet the effects on wine lover’s buying habits still has consumers everyday telling me they HATE MERLOT. I have posted stuff like this before but after my trip to Bordeaux and drinking 100% Merlots that are such a totally inverse expression of the Grape […]Read More Still Not Drinking Any Freaking Merlot?
Let’s start this blog off with the fact that I LIKE the wine I am reviewing today. The problem I have is the way they are marketing it. The Cuvelier Family At the beginning of the 20th century, Paul Cuvelier and his young brother Albert, anticipating the inevitable rise in « château-bottled wines » to […]Read More Don’t Lie To Me Argentina…!
We have discussed this a little bit in many Vlogs. I still see it needed another mention. I watch people everyday buy multiple bottles of their supposedly favorite wine for the last 20 years and never once in my career has anyone been able to tell me what vintage or year of that wine […]Read More Your Favorite Wine? What Vintage?
What The Heck is a Cru Bourgeois?? It really is no wonder that most wine consumers stay clear of the French Wine sections on Restaurant Wine Lists or in Wine Retail Stores. I am a Certified Level 2 Sommelier and the French especially, change their classification systems more frequently than I change my socks, and […]Read More Cru Bourgeois ??= Good Stuff!!
First of all, everyone who knows me and reads this blog, knows I am nicknamed “Captain Washington”. I do favor the quality to price ratio and less sugary style of wines coming out of the Evergreen State. One of the 2 new additions to our Washington State Lineup at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits in […]Read More “BOOYAH” For “RUAH” Red Blend!