A family born into winemakers, Jean-Louis Saget started Saget La Perrière with a stacked team of specialists to produce some amazing wine. This once simple, family project is now a major staple of France’s Loire Valley, showcasing the terroir and diversity across their 890 acres of vineyards.
Now that the smoke has cleared in the Napa Valley and across the wine regions of California, vintners are back to doing what they do best: making and selling wine. The devastation across the 29-mile strip that comprises the Napa Valley varies, with some regions looking almost unscathed and others razed. Opinions on how exactly […]
France’s wide-ranging wines are celebrated across the globe for their timeless elegance and unparalleled sophistication. Yet within this already elevated landscape, some regions are even more heralded than others. Consider the Loire Valley, an illustrious string of appellations with viticultural traditions spanning multiple millennia. As its namesake river flows west across the center of the […]
The best ideas are formed over a few glasses of wine. Ask Dustin Wilson and Thomas Pastuszak, friends since each held wine director positions at NYC’s Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad restaurants, respectively. During a recent visit to the northern Rhône, Dustin and Thomas were sipping on Syrah when they came upon the […]
Decanting isn’t just for the nobles on ”Downton Abbey” or pricey bottles in fancy restaurants. Like many seemingly precious wine practices (aggressive swirling, audible sniffing), decanting has a practical explanation. The primary reason to decant any wine is aeration. By pouring wine into another vessel, the juice gets exposed to oxygen rapidly.
I had to double check the label when the waiter handed me the bottle I’d requested. On the front it read, “Testalonga El Bandito.” On the back was the evidence I was looking for: “Wine of South Africa. Place of Origin: Swartland.” My jaw slowly slid toward the table. South African by birth, I live […]
Put down the Pinot Noir and step away from the corkscrew. There’s a new light red in town, and — I’m going to say it —it’s better. Nerello Mascalese isn’t some sommelier favorite that’s hard to pronounce and impossible to find outside of hipster wine bars. It’s the people’s grape of Mount Etna, Sicily, and […]
Sancerre is an example of what the right grape in the right terroir can produce. Sauvignon Blanc thrives in Sancerre’s cool continental climate and varied soil types of limestone, chalk, and flint, producing fresh wines with high acidity, crisp, lean fruit and definite minerality. Come discover one of the Loire Valley’s most beautiful gems with […]
A while back I was chatting with a few colleagues about the business of wine criticism. I suggested that certain critics seem to have preferences that come across in their assessments. I picked out one in particular and suggested, rather bravely, that I didn’t think their ratings of certain wines were very reliable, and that […]