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August 23, 2021

Harvest Report 2021

Frost, drought and cool weather is not the summary of a perfect growing season, then throw in a few wildfires and other natural surprises and this completes a challenging year. The latter were not at Unang but close enough to be atmospheric. And yet, the resulting wines are full of promise, I shall try to…

July 9, 2021

The Magic of Alsace’s Grand Crus

The Magic of Alsace’s Grand Crus When it comes to French wines, the term Grand Cru has a magical connotation. But just how magical the name of a particular Grand Cru vineyard and the wines named after it really are depends enormously on the region. Both in terms of reputation and to your pocketbook, it…

May 26, 2021

Domaine Joseph Voillot 2019s are top!

It’s the best young vintage of Voillot wines that any of us here at Vintage ’59 Imports has ever tasted. And that’s no lie, no smoke. It’s at least as good–and probably better–as 2010 and 2002, which previously had been the two best vintages from Volnay/Pommard in my experience. The two Village wines are the…

March 24, 2021

Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes: A Great Value in Beaujolais

Where are the real bargains today in the world of fine wine? John Anderson in winereviewonline.com suggests that you look to Beaujolais in the bottlings of small, individual growers who deliver tremendous bang for the buck. He adores the silkiness of the Domaine du Pavillon de Chavannes’ wines, their perfume and their length on the…

March 12, 2021

Inspiring Women in the World of Wine: Mélanie Pfister

Mélanie Pfister’s family started making wine in the Alsace region of France in 1780. She is trailblazing new ways to showcase the area’s wines in non-traditional ways as well as to champion women in wine—she created the diVINes d’Alsace, an association of female winemakers and vineyard managers. The Cuvée 8 is a wine Mélanie dreamed…

March 6, 2021

Drinking French Wine in Middle America

Lawrence Ferlinghetti passed away on February 22. He was 101. Among the many poems he wrote was this wonderfully descriptive one, in which wine evokes memory. Drinking French Wine in Middle America by Lawrence Ferlinghetti Bought a bottle of Vouvray and poured out its bouquet of the French countryside on the plains of Middle America…