Archive for the ‘Rhône’ Category

Up Late with Verset’s Ghost

Tweet by Dustin Soiseth It was about 2 a.m. the other night and I was in the kitchen heating up a bottle for my baby girl. There was a half-empty bottle of wine on the counter—the 2012 Barruol/Lynch Côte Rôtie “La Boisselée”—left over from an earlier tasting and I gave it a swirl while waiting […]

Northern Rhône

Tweet   by Dixon Brooke 2014 CROZES HERMITAGE “TIERCEROLLES” BARRUOL / LYNCH > The collaboration between Louis Barruol of Gigondas and Kermit continues to evolve, and if these most recent releases are a sign of the direction this project will take in the future, we are in for a real treat. As quality-seeking merchants with […]

“Joyous” Gigondas

Tweet   by Chris Santini For me, it’s no surprise—legend has it that Gigondas derived its name many moons ago from jucunda, Latin for “joyous.” I personally associate Gigondas with many joyous occasions, beginning back in the 1980s when as a kid I would accompany my father on trips there, where he would purchase the […]

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 […]

October Newsletter: Coming this fall: New edition of Adventures On The Wine Route!

Tweet The October newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… ITALIA by Dixon Brooke 2012 PETITE ARVINE • CHÂTEAU FEUILLET Petite Arvine is a white mountain grape that thrives on the high-altitude slopes that form the border between the Valle d’Aosta, Switzerland, and France. My favorite thing […]

Clairette de Die: A Day in the Drôme Valley

Tweet The Drôme département may be the best-kept secret in France. While the Drôme river is a tributary to the Rhône, the two regions share little in common. The Rhône Valley, despite its picturesque orchards and steep banks (think Côte-Rôtie), is largely a world of freeways, industry, and pollution. Just south of Valence, the two […]

A Visit To Joncier

Tweet Charming, dynamic, approachable—one might use these words to describe Marine Roussel, proprietor and vigneron of Domaine du Joncier, and they came to mind as I drank a bottle of her 2007 Lirac a few weeks ago. I’ve enjoyed every vintage of Marine’s Grenache blend since I started working for Kermit in 2007. Around that […]

A Tribute to Marius Gentaz

Tweet Introduction by Bruce Neyers Ed Paladino is the co-owner and guiding light at E&R Wine Shop in Portland, Oregon. He has been a KLWM customer for over a decade and is responsible for introducing me to Lyle Railsback, our superstar NW Regional Sales Manager. He is perhaps best known for penning the song ‘Raveneau […]

Into the Eye of the Strike: Southern Rhône and Back Home

Tweet I continued south Thursday morning, stopping first at Domaine Gramenon.  Gramenon is in a beautiful area in the northern stretches of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation, where it is a bit wilder with more forest and rolling hills.  I met Michèle and Maxime in the winery and found them busy racking their 2010 La Mémé cuvée […]

Into the Eye of the Strike: Northern Rhône Day Two

Tweet Wednesday, 10/27 It is generally accepted among those in the know that the greatest Syrahs from the northern Rhône are coming from Cornas these days.  This isn’t because Cornas has the best terroir, but because it has the best group of established vignerons making real wines, a group that has not surrendered to modern […]