I found myself charmed by this Northern California Chardonnay – which turned out to be anything but typical. The wine is clean and crisp with a touch of fruit. It’s actually a great introduction to the Chablis style of Chardonnay. Minerality jumps out at you in the aroma and persists
This is the first of a series of three articles on the terroir of Central Otago, the most southerly wine growing region in the world, at 45 degrees South, marked by a dry, semi-continental climate. Known for pinot noir, the region has more than one grape to it—and more than
“You do not notice changes in what is always before you.” - Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette I first reported on Burgundy’s Women and Wine organization in 2016 for Palate Press, and this year marks the twentieth anniversary of Femmes et vins de Bourgogne or FEVB. Back in 2000, Burgundy [Bourgogne in French]
In this very moderately-price California chardonnay, a nice herby aroma is surprisingly followed by a feeling of sweetness on the front of the tongue, which dissipates into oaky peachiness in a medium body, with some butteriness. End-palate of apricot, minerality, some hints of chalk and lively acidity along with the
How often do you open a wine and get just what you’re hoping for? For me, this was one of those times when I got what I had hoped for in a Sonoma chardonnay: a wine that has some fruitiness and plenty of minerality, along with a backbone of structure.
Searching for calmness in these times, when I heard about “meditation tasting” from the folks at Champagne Henriot, I immediately decided to try it. Then it occurred to me I might already be pretty relaxed if I was sipping champagne. But what if meditation-tasting (aka “meditasting”) could make things better?
I approached this sparkling wine with a bit of skepticism – but it was completely unfounded. First, I was leery of the name “Faire La Fête” which means “to party.” Second, I have never heard of this producer, and there’s essentially no information online. Third, this wine comes from the