Archive for the ‘Italy’ Category

Farmers’ Markets

Tweet Room to Improve? by Kermit Lynch   I brag to French friends about Berkeley’s farmers’ market: how great the quality is, what a large selection of organic produce it features, and that vendors here really are farmers—dear Annabelle Lenderink, for example. The growth of farmers’ markets in this country is amazing. For that luxury […]

November Newsletter: Annual Champagne Sale, Grand Cru Alsace, Brunello

Tweet The November Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… CHAMPAGNE A NEW ERA by Anthony Lynch Times are changing in the Champagne world. From its chalky fields to the cool, dim cellars below, producers are rethinking their approach to the storied bubbly, aided by advances in […]

Liguria

Tweet By Anthony Lynch We love Liguria. The region’s joyous charm is evidenced by its lively wines, delicious creations that speak to an ancient history of grape-growing on steep slopes overlooking irresistible Mediterranean waters. This tradition lives on through the Ruffino family of Punta Crena: Tommaso makes the wine, his brother Paolo sells it, their […]

May Newsletter: Transcendent de Villaine, Quintarelli New Arrivals, & Top Oyster Wines

Tweet The May Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… A. & P. DE VILLAINE CÔTE CHALONNAISE TRANSCENDence by Dixon Brooke 2014 BOUZERON > Pierre de Benoist has crafted a masterful and irresistible Aligoté in what is turning out to be a fabulous vintage for white Burgundy. […]

March Newsletter: 2014 Vieux Télégraphe, Côte d’Or, Alsace—Beyond Riesling

Tweet The March Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… PRE-ARRIVAL OFFER 2014 VIEUX TÉLÉGRAPHE > by Dixon Brooke A meaningful number of the most prestigious (expensive) cuvées of Châteauneuf-du-Pape come from the lieu-dit of La Crau. All of the fruit iused for VT’s classic bottling is […]

February Newsletter: An Abundance of New Arrivals from Italy, White Burgundy, Beaujolais Blanc & Rouge

Tweet The February Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… ITALIA > by Dixon Brooke As I hope you’ve noticed, we have invested a lot of energy in revitalizing and growing our Italian portfolio over the past few years. It sure has been a lot of fun. […]

Visit Venice

Tweet by Kermit Lynch An importer of Italian wines, I have now and again found myself on the Italian wine route in need of some shut-eye. I try to pick nice places to relax instead of the more convenient autostrada hotels. Quality of life, that’s my motto. Occasionally I’ll wind up in Venice, a rather […]

October Newsletter: Mold, The Guardian of Burgundy, New Domaines

Tweet The October Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… FOUR DECADES OF CATHERINE & PIERRE BRETON > by Dixon Brooke © Catherine & Pierre Breton The Bretons are quite a couple. Let’s start with the fact that their last name, Breton, is literally a synonym for […]

September Newsletter: Premier Cru Burgundies, Rhône Wines, Northern Italy

Tweet The September Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… PREMIER CRU BURGUNDIES by Anthony Lynch 2013 SANTENAY ROUGE 1ER CRU “LE BEAUREPAIRE” JEAN-MARC VINCENT > Jean-Marc and Anne-Marie Vincent represent a breed of vigneron that is harder and harder to come by. The elegance and seductiveness of this Pinot Noir […]

Visit to Villa di Geggiano

Tweet Italy – how mystifying and mythologized of a country can it be, especially concerning its culinary and wine culture? When traveling in this lush Mediterranean nation, it is a land of extremes – things never seem to go as planned, and yet, the outcome for just about any situation seems to lead to incredible homemade regional food […]