Archive for the ‘Loire Valley’ Category

Harvest With The Bretons

In early October, Loire Valley vigneron Pierre Breton, of Domaine Catherine et Pierre Breton,  sent out daily emails updating us on how harvest was going. He included a couple photos and a few words about what they did each day. I started anticipating his daily missive and thought it would be great to share with […]

New Arrivals from Breton

Thursday evening marked the first staff tasting since Kermit’s departure to France. The tasting covered whites, reds, and rosés from the Loire, the southern Rhône, Provence, and Corsica. As good students of the Lynchianesque tasting philosophy, we started in the north with the Loire and finished in the south with Corsica. Today I’ll focus on […]

Two Vouvrays

In recent memory we have imported just one producer from Vouvray, the wines of Didier and Catherine Champalou. Earlier this year, we began importing a second Vouvray from another Loire Valley husband and wife winemaking team, Pierre and Catherine Breton. The 2008 Vouvray Secs from these two producers recently arrived and I was excited to […]

Thierry Boucard, Domaine de la Chanteleuserie, Bourgueil, France

I had heard from Pierre Breton that Thierry Boucard’s father, Moïse, made an outstanding 1976 Bourgueil.  Since that is my birth year, I am always on the lookout for good ‘76s for my cellar.  It was an interesting year, hot and dry, and there are many good wines in France but just as many not […]

New Arrivals!

In our recent email blast we featured some new arrivals that we are excited about. Here are a few more, all hailing from the 2008 vintage…

July Newsletter Now Available Online

The July newsletter is now available! Download the PDF by clicking here. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… 2007 Bandol, Domaine Tempier Pre-Arrival Yes, I  just arrived at my place near Domaine Tempier and immediately visited to re-taste their great 2007s now that they are in bottle. How convenient! It is a great vintage for Tempier […]

Independence Day Wines

The time around July 4th is when French wine sales take a little hit. Domestic wineries jump on the “buy American” bandwagon and people head to their local shops that feature their favorite homegrown wines. This makes sense, right? July 4th = Zinfandel? Why on earth would you buy a bottle of French wine to […]

Tasting Recap 6/10/09: Great Summer Wines

Every once in a while during tastings an unintended theme emerges that ties a number of wines together. A theme that goes beyond wines coming from the same region or having similar blends but something that connects seemingly unrelated wines in a way that pre-tasting, one probably would not have put together. Last night’s emergent […]

Tasting at Terroir with Catherine Breton

Next Tuesday, our friends at Terroir in San Francisco are having a tasting featuring wines from the Loire Valley with special guest, Catherine Breton of Domaine Catherine et Pierre Breton. The event requires an RSVP so please give the guys at Terroir a call at 415.558.9946 if you’d like to attend. Also, check out Eric […]

6,000 Oysters and 700 Sausages

Thanks to everyone who came to our 18th annual Oyster Bliss! During the course of the the day, the hungry crowds ate through 6,000 oysters and 700 sausages, mingled with Kermit, danced a little and enjoyed the beautiful weather. Everyone sure took to heart our Oyster Bliss motto: DON’T SERVE ME ONE. SERVE ME A […]