Lunch with Claude Boudamani, General Manager of Chateau LaGrezette

  Fascinating lunch with M. Claude Boudamani, Manager Director of Chateau LaGrezette in Cahors, a historic region in France known for the (original) Malbec grape as well as its beautiful castles from the Middle Mges. The history of Chateau La Grezette goes back to the 12th century, when the first records of the wine harvest appeared. Successive families owned the château and enabled the domaine to survive over the centuries. In 1980, entrepreneur M. Alain Dominique Perrin, responsible for the renaissance and international development of Cartier International,  fell in love with the property and put all his energy into resurrecting both the vineyards and the chateau into its former glory. With his team of experts and analysis from digging soil pits, Mr. Perrin realized that the property has three key terroirs and quickly set about matching the best grape varietal to the terroir which for all intents and purposes is ...

Symington Family Estates Announces 2015 Vintage

Symington Family Announces 2015 Vintage

Symington Family Announces 2015 Vintage

Fabulous day for Port lovers around the world — and especially those living in New York and able to attend this tasting seminar — as key members of the Symington family (namely Rupert and Charles) came to New York to showcase the majestic 2015 vintage and highlight evolution of the 2015 vintage from their various estates by showcasing them against older vintages. So for example, Graham’s 2015 The Stone Terraces was contrasted to Graham’s 1970 Vintage Port, a vintage though now nearly transparent and topaz colored, was vibrant and going strong. The more feminine Dow’s Quinta Da Senhora Da Ribeira 2105 Vintage Port was contrasted against the Dow’s 1985 Vintage Port – still very black-purple with decades of life. The Quinta do Vesuvio 2015 Vintage Port was contrasted with the Quinta do Vesuvio 1995 – of course still young and evolving. And (drum roll!) ...

Tasting Notes week of May 7, 2017

Trivento Amado Sur Malbec 2014

Easy drinking Malbec with great balance bewtween ripe black fruit, vibrant acidity, and oak. Adler Fels “The Eagle Rock” Chardonnay 2015
Ripe Chardonnay flavors, fuller body, touch of oak. Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Rich, full bodied, and delicious – single vineyard with unique red fruit profile. Villa Wolf Riesling Dry 2015
from Pfalz, this is crisp and refreshing with 11% abv and slight spritz Vie Vite Rose 2015
Really delicious AOP Cotes de Provence, 30% Cinsault, 30% Grenache,
30% Syrah and 10% Carignan with ripe tropical fruit. Kim Crawford Rose Hawkes Bay New Zealand 2016
100% Merlot – Fruity and fuller bodied Cotes de Provence Grand Ferrage Rose from Mathilde Chapoutier 2016
Blend of Cinsault, Grenache Noir, Syrah and Rolle

Trivento Reserve Malbec 2015
100% Malbec – Powerful aromas of ripe red fruits, strawberries, and a hint of coffee and cherry from oak. ...

Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan MW: “Rosé Wine: The Guide to Drinking Pink”

Do you love Rosé wine? Join the crowd. Chances are, if you’re not a Master of Wine like Jennifer you simply enjoyed Rosé Wine and didn’t really think about how it was made, the grapes used, or what country it came from. Chances are, you may not have even wondered “why” you liked a certain Rosé Wine and not another style of Rosé Wine. In this very pretty pink book, Jennifer asks you to take a quiz about how you like your coffee and tea, and after answering you add up the points and discover just what style of Rosé wine you like, and why (for example, some like rosé wine crisp, some like it fruity …) Given the popularity of this style of wine, Rosé Wine: The Guide to Drinking Pink a great book to read so you can impress your friends with your wine savvy, and an even ...

Visit to Chateau Lagrange

It was great to see Charlotte Denjean, PR manager for Chateau Lagrange, again after the UGC visit to New York a few weeks ago. Chateau Lagrange is one of the most imposing looking castles in Bordeaux. The wine is among the best of the best, yet interestingly it wasn’t until 1842 when then-owner Count Duchatel added a drainage system in the vineyard did the wine really attract positive notice. In the century that followed, the usual story of debt and inheritance rocked the estate. Today it is owned by the Japanese company Suntory, a company that spent an enormous amount of money replanting the vineyards and restoring the 118 hectare estate. Vinification takes place in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that range in size to accommodate individual parcels. The wine is aged in 60% new, French oak barrels for up to 21 months before bottling. During the tasting, the quality ...