Yearly Archives: 2019

Bruno Paillard’s Exquisite Champagnes

Bruno Paillard accomplished what many thought impossible—creating a new, prestigious Champagne house from scratch.  Champenois by birth, he had the advantage of a family history of growing grapes in Champagne, and he began by working in the Champagne wine trade. … Continue reading

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Pairing Champagne and Food at Washington DC’s Fabulous Blue Duck Tavern

The Blue Duck Tavern is one of Washington DC’s finest restaurants. Located in the Park Hyatt in Georgetown, the upscale restaurant serves seasonal cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. The center of the restaurant is an open … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson’s Champagne (Sillery) & Food

In this article, we report on our tasting of the wine and food of Thomas Jefferson with special focus on Champagne and the recipes Jefferson acquired while living in France. Our tasting included the Champagne from one of his favorite … Continue reading

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Aniello: New Releases from Patagonia

Aniello is a family winery in the Mainque District of the Upper Rio Negro Valley in Argentina’s Patagonia region.  Its wines are cool climate in their freshness and minerality. They taste like nothing else from Argentina, and they’re very reasonably … Continue reading

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Margerum: New Releases from Santa Barbara

Margerum Wine Company is owned and operated by Doug Margerum, one of Santa Barbara’s leading winemaking entrepreneurs. It produces small quantities of premium wines made from estate-grown and purchased grapes from top neighboring vineyards. We visited Doug at the winery … Continue reading

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Chile’s Echeverria: Natural Wine and Much More

  Echeverria has joined the “natural” wine band wagon and judging by the 2019 Viogner and Cabernet Franc that we tasted, they’re among the leaders in Chile. Echeverria offers wines to suit everyone’s tastes, ranging from natural wines to the … Continue reading

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Karamoor Estate of Pennsylvania: Excellence Across the Vintages

Nick and Athena Karabots decided to transform their 250 acre Ft Washington estate into vineyards beginning in 2003 and ending in 2013. The estate’s 27 acres of high density (1600-2000 vines/acre) vineyards were planted with the advice of Lucie Morton.  … Continue reading

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The Wines of Babylon’s Peak in South Africa’s Swartland

Located in the Swartland not far from the wineries of Eben Sadie and Adi Badenhorst, Babylon’s Peak has been in the Basson family since 1919. Its most remarkable feature, aside from deeply rutted roads and a profusion of wildlife, is … Continue reading

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The Wines of Lawer Estates of Knights Valley

Lawer Estates is a Calistoga-based winery owned and operated by David and Betsy Lawer.   Originally from Alaska, the Lawers launched their operation in 2003.   With their extended family and the help of an experienced team of vineyard managers and winemakers,  … Continue reading

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Bodega Marichal of Canelones, Uruguay: Current Releases

Bodega Marichal was one of the first wineries we visited on our recent trip to Uruguay.  Winemaker Juan Andrés showed us the wines and discussed the evolution of Tannat in Uruguay in recent years. His Tannat wines show the incredible … Continue reading

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