Artisan wine from Chile: Garage Wine Co

Chilean Wines in the United States We get a nice variety of Chilean wines in Minnesota, from Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere to Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from coastal vineyards. However, the large majority of wines are from major wineries, focused on commercial success and internationally styled wines. There’s nothing wrong with this approach, but … Continue reading

Beaujolais: A Versatile Partner for Hunter’s Chicken #winophiles

Translucent red of Beaujolais wine

Beaujolais Flows Freely After spending two weeks in various areas in France, I was impressed by the dedication to local wines. During a week in Lyon we found that Beaujolais was the typical “house” red wine, with Macon being the normal source of a local white. Beaujolais pairs beautifully with charcuterie, cooked sausages, braised meats, … Continue reading

A Fall Day in Beaujolais #Winophiles

Beaujolais vineyards in autumn

The French #Winophiles Pay a November Visit to Beaujolais Beaujolais is one of those enigmatic French wine regions. Well known for Nouveau Beaujolais, most wine lovers know almost nothing else about the region and the wines. Join our French #Winophiles group as we delve into the wonders of the Beaujolais! I recently had the opportunity … Continue reading

“But First, Champagne” is a Must Read

But First, Champagne by David White

“But First, Champagne” 6 Word Book Review: Expert or Beginner, Excellent Bookshelf Addition! But First, Champagne is a new book on everyone’s favorite sparkling subject. David White, the driving force behind the excellent wine news aggregator blog Terroirist, has a deep abiding love for Champagne. I was lucky enough to snag a review copy just … Continue reading

Vignerons Indépendants – Why You Should Care

Vignerons Independent Salon in Lyon

Vignerons Indépendants Are the Independent Growers of France By sheer luck I had the opportunity to attend the Vignerons Indépendants Salon in Lyon, France in both 2015 and just recently, 2016. The Salon is an annual multi-day event where over 500 independent growers convene for a wine show with the intent to sell their wine … Continue reading