Memorial Day Weekend Wine Pick – Cru Beaujolais

Memorial Day Weekend means grills will be fired up, beer will be put on ice, processed foods will be in high demand and, for the most part, wine will be an afterthought. Somehow a decanter of garnet colored wine doesn’t seem to fit in with images of sandals, beach...

M. Chapoutier Belleruche

Not too long ago I didn’t really know the difference between Grenache and Genache. I was blissfully unaware that one was a dominant grape in some of the world’s top blends and the other was the blending of dark chocolate and heavy cream. Now don’t get me wrong, I knew...

Chateau des Rontets, Pouilly-Fuisse 2004

Thanks to Robert Parker, Hollywood and some dude named Kendall Jackson, Chardonnay has gotten a bad rap over the years. It’s been over-planted, over-hyped, overpriced and truly underwhelming when produced in the United States. In the wrong hands it can taste...

Olga Raffault Chinon “Les Picasses” 2002

Let it be known that at one point in my wine drinking life, the word “Chinon” sent shivers down my spine and right through my palate. I loathed the place. Couldn’t bear to be around anything in liquid form from it. So what did the unassuming Cabernet...