When it comes to Chardonnay, I prefer a leaner, lower-alcohol style with subtle oak treatment, which means that I naturally gravitate toward Burgundy, the French region that sets a benchmark against which Chardonnay throughout the world is compared, if not judged. The same is true for Pinot Noir, Burgundy’s signature red variety.
With its robust immigrant communities and booming dining scene, a city like Seattle owes its residents a thoughtful wine list at all its restaurants. At least that’s how Suzi An sees it. An is proprietor of Vita Uva, the first wine shop focused on natural and minimal-intervention wines in Seattle’s International District. The 65-square-foot retail […]
White Burgundy is unquestionably one of the greatest wines of the world. Almost exclusively made from Chardonnay on limestone soil, it can express both power and finesse. But as acclaim and demand rise, who can afford white Burgundy anymore? This quandary leads winemakers and wine drinkers to turn attentions south, to the hilly Mâconnais region. […]
As its name might suggest (it translates to “golden slope”) the Côte d’Or is the crème de la crème of Burgundian wines, the heart of the region. Pinot Noir is actually planted heavily throughout the Côte d’Or, but the Côte de Beaune — the more southern of the region’s two pieces — is home to some […]
If the word Chardonnay evokes images of fat, buttery, oaky white wines, Chablis will completely throw you for a loop. Always made entirely from the Chardonnay grape, Chablis is one of the most austere wines in the world, due to its cool Burgundian climate and famed limestone soils. It can also be one of the world’s […]
Newcomers to wine, moderate drinkers, and connoisseurs alike can all agree on one thing : When it comes to wine, Burgundy is king. Whether you’re looking for a simple bottle of wine to bring to a dinner party or searching for that special anniversary bottle to share with your spouse, Burgundy has it all.
Especially if you’re just getting into wine, you probably associate the name “Chablis” with those massive jugs of super-cheap white plonk. You know, the ones that look like they’re specifically intended for your Zombie Apocalypse Readiness Kit. (To be honest, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to stockpile a couple.) Fortunately, there’s also an entirely […]
High-end, ageable Chardonnay in the United States can often mean a big wine that’s high in both alcohol and flavors of toasted oak, which is a style that appeals to some, but not all. A much more agreeable style of Chardonnay can be found in its ancestral home of Burgundy, and lucky for you, it’s […]
Most of us can’t afford most of the wine from Burgundy that’s out there. So yeah, it’s hard to know a ton about it. At least, “know” about it with our mouths. But there’s some talk Burgundy wine prices are starting to level out (see below). And really not all Burgundy is insanely expensive (also […]