Archive for the ‘Languedoc’ Category

February Newsletter: Verdicchio at its Finest, 2015 Colin Pre-Arrival, Introducing Luigi Gregoletto, Artisan Vignerons

The February Newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… WHITE BEFORE RED DOMAINE DE LA CADETTE by Emily Spillmann “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” –Aristotle 2015 BOURGOGNE VÉZELAY “LA CHÂTELAINE” > Taking pleasure not only in the finished wines but also in the hard […]

Sampler de la Femme

by Jennifer Oakes Women have scored some exciting achievements lately in the political, sporting, and human rights realms, and why not? We make up 50 percent of the population, so it shouldn’t be surprising that a woman’s ingenuity, talent, and fortitude would produce social ripples or even full-throttle world change—although she may still have to […]

How to Drink Orange Wines

The Kermit Lynch Guide to Enjoying Macerated Whites by Anthony Lynch The phenomenon has spread like wildfire: now on wine lists from Paris to Tokyo to New York to San Francisco, the category ORANGE appears alongside WHITE, RED, and we hope, ROSÉ. Why orange wines? In an effort to obtain a texturally and aromatically distinctive […]

The Fraternity of Pic Saint Loup

by Sarah Hernan Our guest today is Pierre Ravaille, one of the three Ravaille brothers from the Languedoc domaine Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup. Kermit first met the Ravaille family about 15 years ago. He was struck by the almost pre-historic stone house, farm, and cellar, as well as their private wine collection (which includes […]

Sylvain’s Carignan

AT DOMAINE D’AUPILHAC by Chris Santini I’ll never forget a dinner in Corsica one night a few years ago with the venerated vigneron Antoine Arena in attendance, plus a pompous (yet also venerated, albeit by a different crowd) French wine critic. The critic, who had seemingly never much muddied his boots in vines or cellars, […]

The Struggle of the Languedoc

by Chris Santini Hard to imagine but true, Gaddafi once sent a team of Libyan messengers deep in the hills of the Languedoc to meet with a group of angry and exasperated vignerons. The year was 1973, and a century of boiling tensions between these growers and the omnipotent local négociants had culminated in gunfights […]

The Resurgence of the Languedoc

 In our retail shop, any salesperson will be quick to point to the Languedoc section for some of the best values in the store. Having long been the source of the vast majority of France’s bulk wine, the Languedoc nonetheless produces wines of quality that are consequently undervalued. We are not ones to complain: nothing […]

Chez Les Laboucarié

While in the Languedoc this summer, one of my favorite visits was to Domaine de Fontsainte in the appellation of Corbières. I was particularly excited about going because I bring the wines home at least once a week to enjoy with dinner. Bruno Laboucarié runs his family’s domaine today, but since he was out on […]

Have Shipper Will Travel

One of the joys of being in the wine business is sharing what we sell with those we love. My boyfriend and I enjoy a steady stream of favorites that I bring home every week. While I definitely vary my selections depending on the season and what we have in stock here at the store, […]

Cyriaque Rozier: Two Timin’ Terroirist

The Languedoc is an amazing mix of cultures, history, and geology. The viticultural legacy left by the Greeks and Romans still leaves its mark today, and it is not at all unusual to find vestiges of a previous era in vineyards that have been operating for thousands of years. As I mentioned in our newsletter […]