SUPER, NATURAL, BRITISH COLUMBIA WINES

What do you know about the wines of British Columbia? Did you even know they made wines in British Columbia? Well, for the past 30 years, they’ve been working on it and what was just 17 wineries in 1990 is now almost 300. Pascale Schittecatte held the Super, Natural, British Columbia tasting recently to shine a light on the excellent wines of this region, but … Continue reading SUPER, NATURAL, BRITISH COLUMBIA WINES

CHÂTEAU DE POMMARD: FUTURE-THINKING FOR BURGUNDY

Last week, I had an engaging lunch with Michael Baum, CEO and propriétaire of Chateau de Pommard in Burgundy. Château de Pommard was founded in 1726 and the property comprises of two châteaux (Château Marey-Monge and Château Micault) and their famous UNESCO-protected walled vineyard, Clos Marey-Monge. These 20 hectares of vines have produced some of the greatest Pinot Noir for over two millennia. The Carabello-Baum … Continue reading CHÂTEAU DE POMMARD: FUTURE-THINKING FOR BURGUNDY

ANNE LA NAOUR: A NEW ERA FOR CA GRAND CRUS

It’s a new era for CA Grand Crus (administrators of several Bordeaux and Burgundy vineyards owned by the Credit Agricole Group), with recently appointed Anne La Naour at the helm as Executive Director. Alongside Jean-Philippe Archambault, Director of Santenay in Burgundy, she is bringing a fresh vision to the estates and has sold two properties in Bordeaux in order to open up opportunities to work … Continue reading ANNE LA NAOUR: A NEW ERA FOR CA GRAND CRUS

T-OINOS WINES: LIQUID ENERGY IN A BOTTLE

The rare grey-black marble that is found on the floors of Buckingham Palace and the Louvre comes from Tinos, a rugged Greek island in the Aegean Sea. So sought after, this marble is now UNESCO protected – which is the reason you will see giant boulders in the middle of vineyards, with rows of vines respectfully stopping at their edges and continuing on after. Tinos … Continue reading T-OINOS WINES: LIQUID ENERGY IN A BOTTLE

TASTING NOTE: WHITEHAVEN SAUVIGNON BLANC

Sauvignon Blanc is the famous white grape of Bordeaux, but it seems like these days, Marlborough in New Zealand is just as well-known for it. In France, Sauvignon Blanc is all citrus (lemons and limes), green fruits (gooseberry, green apple) and usually some asparagus. It always possesses a high, refreshing acidity, and the cooler the climate, the leaner and crisper this wine will be. The … Continue reading TASTING NOTE: WHITEHAVEN SAUVIGNON BLANC

LEZ ARTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGNUM, BABY!

There is something about opening a magnum, isn’t there? The sheer size of it is novel enough, but the whole feeling of opening a magnum is different. First of all, there’s the celebratory aspect – you’re going to be with friends having fun (I wouldn’t recommend opening one if you’re by yourself, no) and, secondly, there’s a sense of thrilling mystery about it. Like jumping … Continue reading LEZ ARTS: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MAGNUM, BABY!

TASTING NOTE: FLEUR DE MER ROSÉ

Fleur de Mer Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018 Ah! The summer is here and this very bottle makes me think of skipping across a lavender-flecked hillside, white dress billowing, hair flowing behind – perhaps I am carrying a basket of flowers or – even better – freshly picked herbs to make dinner with later in my stone-cobbled kitchen overlooking the sea? How Provençal indeed! It’s … Continue reading TASTING NOTE: FLEUR DE MER ROSÉ