Our wine scribe, Jim Walker, uncovered more than a long forgotten bottle when he plumbed the depths of his wine cellar. Continue reading “A VERITABLE VINOUS VALHALLA”
WHEN BACCHUS BECKONED
Wine aficionados are not born, they are definitely created. It takes a great deal of care and feeding, not to mention endless practice, to produce true devotees of the nectar of the vine. Fortunately for Jim Walker, our wine correspondent, he was in the right places at the right time to ultimately gain admittance into Bacchus’ realm of vinous delights. Continue reading “WHEN BACCHUS BECKONED”
TREASURES IN THE FRENCH HINTERLAND
Jim Walker continues his wine adventures in France by revealing that every once in a while he discovers a ‘new’ winery that seemed almost too good to be true. Same thing goes for places to have lunch.
THE IRRESISTIBLE CHABRIERS
In 1661 Racine pronounced that, “The wine of Uzès is the best in the realm.” Three hundred and 45 years later Hélène and I found out that Racine knew of which he spoke. Continue reading “THE IRRESISTIBLE CHABRIERS”
MY OTHER PARTNER IN THE WONDROUS WORLD OF WINE!
My wife Hélène has provided invaluable support to my vinous aspirations, but it would all have been impossible had I not been aided and abetted by a very special angel we found in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Continue reading “MY OTHER PARTNER IN THE WONDROUS WORLD OF WINE!”
REAL FARMERS DON’T DO TASTING MENUS
We had settled in for lunch in the tiny hamlet of Fanlac deep in the Dordogne. I had selected the ‘Le Gourmand’ option from the menu. Can there be too much of a good thing? Continue reading “REAL FARMERS DON’T DO TASTING MENUS”
A VINOUS MONTH IN PROVENCE
A delicious month spent in Provence tasting wines from the splendid 2015 and 2016 Southern Rhône vintages: talk about being in wine wonderland!
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THE CALVADOS CAPER
What’s a wine guy to do when he finds himself in a place where no wine is produced? Why, set out in search of that Normandy nectar Calvados, of course. Continue reading “THE CALVADOS CAPER”
I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSÉ GARDEN (Part 2)
Dealing with the people’s booze monopoly is certainly no bed of roses. Continue reading “I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSÉ GARDEN (Part 2)”
I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSÉ GARDEN (Part I)
We get to know and love Champagne Forget-Brimont Rosé Brut 1er Cru. Continue reading “I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSÉ GARDEN (Part I)”