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July 17, 2018

Allez les Bleus!

We asked honorary V59 family member, former employee, and fanatical French expatriate soccer fan, Pierre Delamarre, for his thoughts on France’s recent win at The World Cup. The following is uncut: On a gagné! I am beyond pumped and to understand why, you got to look back at the French football history over the last…

June 22, 2018

Beneficial Wildflowers at Quinta do Tedo

Demarcated in 1756, Douro Valley is the world’s oldest wine region. Man has played an important role in shaping this once untouched landscape into a fertile UNESCO World Heritage Site where some of the best wine and the only true Porto in the world is produced. Vintage ’59 Imports’ Portuguese producer Quinta do Tedo is…

June 15, 2018

New Faces of Beaujolais

Beaujolais is currently enjoying a revival, thanks to improved quality and a run of great vintages. The June issue of Decanter profiles the young winemakers who are injecting new energy into the region. Vintage ’59’s Domaine Chasselay is one of the domains featured (Claire, Fabien and their father pictured above). Click on the title above…

June 8, 2018

How Montlouis and Vouvray Became a Chenin Blanc Battleground

For at least a decade, two of the greatest white wine terroirs have been quietly locked in a sort of Kanye vs. Wiz Khalifa-style feud. Click on the header above and be sure to read this fascinating article in Punch by Jon Bonné on Montlouis vs. Vouvray and how their battle symbolizes the past and…

June 1, 2018

Midwestern Vintner Saves Forgotten Grapes that Saved Europe’s Wines

Jerry Eisterhold found the perfect place to start a vineyard with grapes native to the Midwest — grapes that no one had cultivated for more than 150 years. The grapes also saved the European wine industry, allowing people today to enjoy chardonnays and cabernets. Click on the header above to read the entire article: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/05/03/607403309/midwestern-vintner-saves-the-forgotten-grapes-that-saved-europes-wines

May 25, 2018

“If your wines are not concentrated enough, you’re morally deficient. This drives me shit-fucking mental. It’s ridiculous. It’s like evaluating music based on how loud it’s played.”

Click on the header above to learn more about Randall Grahm in a superb New Yorker profile. That’s Grahm in the picture above (photo by Julie Cahill Photography) with his cellar master/GM Nicole Walsh, who makes wine under her own label Ser. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/21/a-vintners-quest-to-create-a-truly-american-wine

May 21, 2018

Lime Rock’s Rosie Butler

Lime Rock’s Rosie Butler was profiled in an article on inspiring women winemakers in the Grape Collective magazine. Read the article here. Pictured above is harvest time at Lime Rock in March–the picking of the Pinot Gris.

May 7, 2018

John Gilman takes a view of Domaine Joseph Voillot!

This was my first visit to Jean-Pierre Charlot’s Domaine Joseph Voillot, but I had intended to make an appointment here for several years now, as I have always liked the domaine’s wines when I have had a chance to drink them- often at the neighboring restaurant of le Cellier Volnaysien, which sits just next door…

April 19, 2018

Mélanie!

In the world of wine, women are gaining the recognition they have long deserved. Many of you may not know that Alsace’s Mélanie Pfister is president of “Les DiVines d’Alsace” and “Le Cercle des femmes de vin,” both associations which make the voice of women heard in the world of wine. Mélanie is pictured here…

March 29, 2018

The 2008 Lieux-Dits Dosage Trials

Written on February 28, 2018 by David Searle, UK-based representative for Jacquesson. Yesterday I was chez Jacquesson in Dizy for the tasting to determine the dosage for the 2008 single vineyard wines for release in 2019: Dizy Corne Bautray, Avize Champ Caïn, Ay Vauzelle Terme. The wines are tasted in flights of four at different…