A Burgundy Dream Realized: Maison Harbour

A New Winery in Burgundy? Impossible! Wine history dating back to the middle ages, high demand for classic wines known around the world, it must be impossible to start a new winery in Burgundy, right? This is France, after all. Go to the Blue door in Savigny-lès-Beaune Impossible? No!  All you need to do is: … Continue reading

A Virtual Visit with Burgundy Friends #Winophiles

French #Winophiles Admire Bourgogne January is Burgundy month for our French #Winophiles group. Just back from our first trip to the region, we celebrate by featuring our new favorite mustard and by enjoying two wines purchased from the cellars in Burgundy. (click on a photo for slideshow, escape to exit) Visit and You’ll Never Be … Continue reading

Chassagne-Montrachet and a Visit to Domaine Morey-Coffinet

Chassagne-Montrachet Driving up from Lyon toward Beaune, the first stop on my trip to Burgundy was the town of Chassagne-Montrachet and a visit at Domaine Morey-Coffinet. Domaine Morey-Coffinet was one of the wineries featured in the excellent documentary: “A Year in Burgundy“. I had the opportunity to preview the movie when it was first released … Continue reading

The French #Winophiles – Dreaming of Burgundy

A Virtual Tour of the Food, Wine and Travel to Burgundy The Burgundy region of France is the historic source of beautiful wines, and so much more.  Dijon mustard? Yes. Coq au Vin? Yes! Beef Bourguignon, obviously! In February, our French #Winophiles group will be exploring the region from afar.  Won’t you join us? Join … Continue reading

Burgundy in November

A foggy November day in the Cotes de Beaune (click on any photo to view the slide show)

Take a Look at Chilean Pinot Noir

Should You Give Chilean Pinot Noir a Try? I was approached recently by the Wines of Chile marketing agency with an offer to sample a couple of Chilean Pinot Noirs.  I have limited experience with Chilean wines and have had mixed results with the wines I have previously purchased.  I was intrigued to give the … Continue reading

Trentino – Alto Adige Apertivo!

Apertivo in the Trentino – Alto Adige We’re great fans of apertivo time, so today we’re doing our best to create a Trentino – Alto Adige version at home here in Minnesota. We have a fluke 70 deg. day in March, so we moved out to the deck for the 1st time since October.  We’ll … Continue reading

Goat Daube and Lioco Pinot Noir

The Tail End of Braising Season We’re well into spring in Minnesota, so I’m racing to use up the last of the braising meats I picked up at our winter farmers markets (held indoors).  That said, we still have plenty of cool days where a nice warm stew or braise is perfect.  Today we have … Continue reading

Unravelling the Burgundy Mystery

The Burgundy Mystery The Burgundy region of France has long been the worldwide reference for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  This storied region produces wines of amazing depth and complexity, and you can spend years learning even the basics.  It’s also a huge mystery.  Wines are labeled by the village name, or the vineyard name, or … Continue reading

Under the Radar: Analemma Wines

The Columbia Gorge AVA was granted AVA status in 2004, but it still seems to be an “under the radar” vineyard area.  The AVA includes land close to the Columbia River right at the spine of the Cascade mountains, including vineyards in both Oregon and Washington. Even within the Columbia Gorge AVA, Analemma is a … Continue reading

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