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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…

March 1, 2021

Stéphanie Caslot of Domaine de la Chevalerie

We lost a good one last week. Stéphanie Caslot, one of three siblings who run Domaine de la Chevalerie in Bourgueil, passed from cancer. Like her father, she was one of a kind–a caring, vibrant and vivacious soul. You can glean a sense of all of that in this video.

February 14, 2021

Conservation Viticulture – Part 2

Conservation viticulture–no till, diversity, and permanent cover crop–builds microbial soil life, keeps pests and weeds at bay, and increases carbon and nitrogen in the soil. Read Part 2 in a recent Jancis Robinson post. Pictured above are the vines of Melanie Pfister, one of our growers in Alsace who has long practiced conservation viticulture.

February 2, 2021

Conservation Viticulture

Conservation viticulture–no till, diversity, and permanent cover crop–builds microbial soil life, keeps pests and weeds at bay, and increases carbon and nitrogen in the soil. Read about it here in a recent Jancis Robinson post. Pictured above are the vines of Melanie Pfister, one of our growers in Alsace who has long practiced conservation viticulture.