Archive for the ‘Rhône’ Category

October Newsletter: Coming this fall: New edition of Adventures On The Wine Route!

Tweet The October newsletter is now available. Click here to download the pdf. Highlights from this month’s newsletter… ITALIA by Dixon Brooke 2012 PETITE ARVINE • CHÂTEAU FEUILLET Petite Arvine is a white mountain grape that thrives on the high-altitude slopes that form the border between the Valle d’Aosta, Switzerland, and France. My favorite thing […]

Clairette de Die: A Day in the Drôme Valley

Tweet The Drôme département may be the best-kept secret in France. While the Drôme river is a tributary to the Rhône, the two regions share little in common. The Rhône Valley, despite its picturesque orchards and steep banks (think Côte-Rôtie), is largely a world of freeways, industry, and pollution. Just south of Valence, the two […]

A Visit To Joncier

Tweet Charming, dynamic, approachable—one might use these words to describe Marine Roussel, proprietor and vigneron of Domaine du Joncier, and they came to mind as I drank a bottle of her 2007 Lirac a few weeks ago. I’ve enjoyed every vintage of Marine’s Grenache blend since I started working for Kermit in 2007. Around that […]

A Tribute to Marius Gentaz

Tweet Introduction by Bruce Neyers Ed Paladino is the co-owner and guiding light at E&R Wine Shop in Portland, Oregon. He has been a KLWM customer for over a decade and is responsible for introducing me to Lyle Railsback, our superstar NW Regional Sales Manager. He is perhaps best known for penning the song ‘Raveneau […]

Into the Eye of the Strike: Southern Rhône and Back Home

Tweet I continued south Thursday morning, stopping first at Domaine Gramenon.  Gramenon is in a beautiful area in the northern stretches of the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation, where it is a bit wilder with more forest and rolling hills.  I met Michèle and Maxime in the winery and found them busy racking their 2010 La Mémé cuvée […]

Into the Eye of the Strike: Northern Rhône Day Two

Tweet Wednesday, 10/27 It is generally accepted among those in the know that the greatest Syrahs from the northern Rhône are coming from Cornas these days.  This isn’t because Cornas has the best terroir, but because it has the best group of established vignerons making real wines, a group that has not surrendered to modern […]

Into the Eye of the Strike: Northern Rhône Day One

Tweet Tuesday, October 26 My hotel in Tain l’Hermitage has a great wireless network so I’m uploading footage and pictures at a reasonable speed. It was a very busy day today, starting with a marathon blending session at Domaine Philippe Faury in Chavanay, just south of Côte-Rôtie, high up on the granite slopes above the […]

Into the Eye of the Strike: Départ

Tweet This post marks the first in a series written by Dixon Brooke, detailing his adventures this week, navigating the French transportation system that is currently on strike. Saturday, October, 23rd, 9:30 am I moved back to Berkeley, CA from France a month ago, after 4 ½ years in the foreign legion.  I’m writing this […]

Off To France

Tweet Vacation time can means different things for employees of KLWM. So far this year we’ve headed to Hawaii, Vermont, Zion National Park, and a few have taken the relaxing “stay-cation,” choosing just to stay home. I’ll be following in the footsteps of many salespeople who decide to spend their precious vacation time traveling to […]

A Short Rib Obsession

Tweet Today’s guest blogger is salesman Chris Bunag… Amongst the staff here at KLWM, we not only talk about wine but we also talk a lot about food. Conversations regularly revolve around what we are making for dinner, our latest great restaurant find, and what wine to pair with what dish. I remember one day […]