Posts Tagged ‘wine of the month’

French wines: Château le Coteau 2008

French Wines: Château le Coteau 2008

My love affair with French wines began with Bordeaux. Having swallowed enough boxed pink plonk in college, I eventually graduated to supermarket screw-cap wines. When I began my Wall Street career […]

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French wines: Domaine Huet 2010 Clos du Bourg

French Wines: Domaine Huet 2010 Clos du Bourg

Is it possible to be inspired for $30? This may sound like a snobbish question with regard to French wines, but, as with most of my purchases in adulthood, the quality I demand from certain items has increased as […]

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French Wines: 2009 Cuvée Roucaillat, Coteaux du Languedoc

The 2009 Cuvée Roucaillat, from the Languedoc, is an original and playful French wine from an equally original and playful French wine region. The Languedoc is an enormous area that dominates the […]

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French Wines: Patrick Piuze Terroir de Chablis 2011


As we well know, the French are extremely proud of their culture and traditions, especially when it comes to French wines and cuisine and the French language. Did you know, for example, that a law […]

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2009 Moulin de la Lagune

How well do you know your French wines? Bordeaux loyalists can rattle off the first and second growths (think Châteaux Lafite, Latour, Cos d’Estournel and Gruaud Larose) as effortlessly as counting […]

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2010 Château de Sancerre

2010 Château de Sancerre

Parisian society in 1913 got an unexpected taste of pagan ritual during the premiere of Stravinsky’s adventurous musical accompaniment to Les Ballets Russes. Historical accounts of The Rite of Spring […]

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2010 Château Graville-Lacoste Graves Blanc

Seeking the right French wine can be a lot like house hunting. Will you go for something bright and charming that looks great from the outside? Or perhaps something warm and comfortable that provides […]

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2009 Domaine Mittnacht Frères Pinot Gris

Pinot gris is technically the French wine equivalent of pinot grigio, which is widely enjoyed as a cocktail wine among the book club set from Seattle to Saint-Tropez. For many social groups, entertaining […]

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French Wines Worthy of Indulgences: Château Pape Clément Blanc 2009

In the Middle Ages, Pope Clément V reformed the Catholic Church’s practice of granting indulgences, in which some priests may have implied that sins could be forgiven for generous contributions […]

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Domaine Alain Gras

Domaine Alain Gras St.-Romain Rouge 2009

It may surprise you to learn that the most intriguing and distinctive French wines are produced from vines that have “struggled” to produce their fruit. Perhaps they endured a period of drought […]

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Domaine Richou Anjou Gamay 2009

Back in the day of the 14th-century French dukes and their edicts, the Gamay grape managed to get itself kicked out of Burgundy—outlawed, actually—and relegated to Beaujolais. Despite Gamay’s checkered past and its least flattering modern incarnation as Beaujolais Nouveau, we ought not allow ourselves to be soured on the grape. There are simply many worthy examples of Gamay to explore and enjoy.

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Château le Puy 2005

The American poet Robert Frost famously described taking the road less traveled as having made all the difference. Among today’s makers of French wines, Frost’s hero may be best embodied by […]

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Martin Schaetzel Riesling Ammerschwihr 2008

To many in the US, Rieslings represent a disturbing conundrum. The more novice among us are suspicious of their popularity, believing them to be overly sweet wines. Offer a Riesling to the wrong people, and they might even take offense, assuming you are trying to trick them into a wine that is strictly for the sauerbraten set. The good news is that it only takes one decent Riesling to open the mind and the palate. An ooh-la-la moment is […]

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