Archive for the ‘Savoie’ Category

How to Chill Wine: A Professional’s Guide to Cooling Fermented Grape Beverages

Tweet Thirst is an affliction that can strike at any moment. The desire to satisfy this vicious desire can be overwhelming, especially in the summertime when the sun’s rays tempt us beyond reason to sit down and enjoy a cool glass of wine. Consequently, I have compiled a list of proven methods to properly chill […]

A Tour of Bugey with Patrick Bottex

Tweet Patrick Bottex makes one of the most delicious beverages in existence. He runs his tiny operation in the little hamlet of La Cueille, located near the town of Poncin in the Bugey region, somewhere between Lyon and Geneva. Despite the proximity to these major cities and the nearby autoroute, it might nonetheless be an […]

The Mountain Quaffer: Jacquère

Tweet Much attention is paid to drinking refreshing wines in hot weather. A chilled rosé, a flinty Muscadet, or a bubbly Prosecco seem to be synonymous with the need for a cool glass during the summer months. As cold weather rolls in, our palates turn to “winter” wines—hearty, structured, and dark red—for stews, braises, or […]

Tasting Recap 6/10/09: Great Summer Wines

Tweet Every once in a while during tastings an unintended theme emerges that ties a number of wines together. A theme that goes beyond wines coming from the same region or having similar blends but something that connects seemingly unrelated wines in a way that pre-tasting, one probably would not have put together. Last night’s […]