Archive for the ‘Rhône’ Category

Artisan Vignerons – In Defense of Prices

Tweet by Anthony Lynch We take pride in the bargains in our portfolio, but from time to time we cannot resist buying wines that some people would deem expensive. Our intention is not to gouge or cheat; in fact, we regret that something like wine, a product of the earth whose purpose is to unify […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

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 […]