’Tis the season for sugar plums and festive confections! Gingerbread cookies, yule logs, pumpkin pies... Sauternes, Banyuls, Muscat—whether you prefer your treats baked or fermented, no holiday feast is complete without the final flourish of dessert. Indulge in our decadent selection of dessert wines, on sale this month.
This is the biggest discount we have EVER given on our Holiday Sampler. Yes, it’s only 1 additional percent off, but 1 percent here and there can really add up this time of year: 1 percent more time with your family, 1 percent more time skiing, 1 percent more time enjoying these wines instead of having to worry about selecting them. There’s something for everything in this box—four white wines to get things started, one dry rosé to drink while you cook dinner, six reds for the table, and a bottle of sparkling rosato to bring a little extra cheer to your day. This sampler is designed to make your holiday shopping easy, so you can relax and enjoy yourself, knowing that your wine needs are covered.
In graceful handwritten script, a label of Quintarelli Amarone reads, “made from a selection of grapes dried in accordance with tradition.” Tradizione is taken so seriously at this estate that a bottle of Quintarelli is more than a wine from a great terroir, it’s a time capsule of the Veneto’s rich history of ancient winemaking techniques. Here on the Monte Paletta, in the heart of the Valpolicella zone, techniques like appassimento and ripasso require time, experience, and devotion to the craft.
We have three clubs to consider for yourself or as gifts this holiday season: Club Chevalier, Club Rouge, and Adventures Club. Enjoy the club bulletin with profiles, tasting notes, and a recipe or food-pairing recommendations. Access member-exclusive offers, events, and special selections. During the month of December, receive 50% off your first club package!
While we are proud that many of our selections represent tremendous values, clients don’t often excitedly tell us they’d be happy to pay more for a specific bottle. This happens regularly, though, with Clos La Coutale’s Cahors. In a similar vein, we’ve been saying for years that we would continue to trumpet this rouge’s value even if it were pricier. With that in mind, now is a great time to stock up because Philippe Bernède’s “black wine”—made of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot—just might be the quintessential wine for winter....
Here at the Beaune office, we continue to hear now and then from Yves Laboucarié, the sprightly eighty-eight-year-old patriarch of Fontsainte. He long ago handed over daily operations to his immensely affable and capable son, Bruno, yet he still enjoys coming into his “office,” a small side room by the entrance of the family home, to make some calls and look over faxes. While he walks with a stoop, due to decades of hard labor and injuries suffered when the plane he was piloting was shot down during the Algerian War, he exudes health and joyful mind and spirit....
Porch pounding—balcony boozing, terrace tippling, or gazebo guzzling, if you will—is not always the most… er, refined experience. It typically includes close friends, rarely involves fine glassware, and never requires a good excuse to engage. Such situations often devolve to crass humor, impulsive Instagram posts, and lazy culinary choices. The wines in question are not masquerading: they taste like fresh fruit, and may feature a bad pun or a drawing of a dog on the label. You get the idea. But on certain occasions, we might want to knock back a few glasses of crushable juice and feel fancy while we do it. But on certain occasions, we might want to knock back a few glasses of crushable juice and feel fancy while we do it. Is such a thing even possible? We may dress posh, speak with civilized locution, and adopt refined mannerisms, but something is still missing: one cannot glug in style without the appropriate wine.
When buying red Burgundy, I think we should remember:
1. Big wines do not age better than light wine. 2. A so-called great vintage at the outset does not guarantee a great vintage for the duration. 3. A so-called off vintage at the outset does not mean the wines do not have a brilliant future ahead of them. 4. Red Burgundy should not taste like Guigal Côte-Rôtie, even if most wine writers wish it would. 5. Don’t follow leaders; watch yer parking meters.
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