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Georges and Franck Duboeuf

The Man Behind the Brand: What You Don’t Know About Georges Duboeuf

When I heard that Beaujolais juggernaut Vins Georges Duboeuf was not planning a huge celebration for their 50th anniversary on September 4, 2014, I was truly surprised. But then I met the man behind the brand, Georges Duboeuf. He dispelled all the preconceptions I had about the brand, and of Beaujolais itself…

Photo courtesy Jolene Patterson www.discoversonomacountywine.com

How Top San Francisco Chefs Are Liberating the Way We Eat and Drink

At the West Sonoma Coast Wine Festival this past weekend, top SF chefs from State Bird Provisions, Rich Table and Bar Tartine shared their collective thoughts on what makes the SF food scene so special: the sense of community, casual formats and inventive flavors and combinations that make us change the way we think about food and wine.

Photo by Jason Tinacci/Napa Vintners

For Rutherford Vintners, the Cool 2011 Vintage Was a Winegrower’s Year

For many Rutherford vintners, the cool 2011 vintage marked by an unusually rainy October was something they’d never seen in their careers. It was a year that vintners became winegrowers in the true sense, making key decisions in the vineyards, at harvest and in the cellar that would ultimately highlight the best aspects of the cool vintage: purity and freshness.

Cellier aux Moines Vineyards

A New Book on Monks and Wine Will Change the Way You Think About the Cote Chalonnaise

This is the book I’ve been waiting for. It fills in many of the gaps in our knowledge of monks and wine against the backdrop of cultural, political and economic influences of the time. It helps us gain a better understanding of the factors driving wine quality that continue to this day. And by adding emphasis on the reputations of Givry and Cote Chalonnaise wines, the authors elevate the image of this lesser-known and under-appreciated region of southern Bourgogne.

Stags Leap District 25th Anniversary Perspective at Shafer VIneyards. From left, Michael Beaulac, Elizabeth Vianna, John Shafer, Richard Mendelson, Kelli White, Richard Steltzner, John Conover, Kirk Grace

Stags Leap District: A Legend in Its Own Time

At a Stags Leap District tasting April 26 commemorating its 25th anniversary as an AVA, vintners shared their perspectives on the evolution of the appellation since the 1970s. Constantly innovating, constantly adapting, vintners continue to move the region forward with but one goal: to preserve the legend of Stags Leap.

Photo CIVP/F.MILLO

Discover ‘Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living,’ at Home

The French Riviera. Cote d’Azur. Saint-Tropez. Cannes. They all evoke a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle of warm breezes and brilliant sun overlooking azur blue waters, glass in hand filled with a light-bodied, mouthwatering and fruity rosé. But this region of nearly 70,000 acres is much more than just sunny beaches and fruity wines. In the new book “Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living” the authors explain why in colorful detail and authentic recipes.

Photo by Craig Drollet

Two Words You Must Know in the Burgundy Lexicon

Last week, the Bourgogne wine region also known as Burgundy joined a global coalition of other classic wine regions to protect place name and origin. Now is the perfect time to start calling Burgundy by its French name, as we do for all other French wine regions. Going hand in hand with the authenticity of the Bourgogne name is the authenticity of its wines based on “climat”, the Bourgogne version of terroir.

Carneros Wine Alliance by Ashley  Teplin

Carneros Cool Factor

Carneros has a cool climate perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. But at a recent Carneros Wine Alliance tasting, I learned the region is cool in more ways than one. It’s a region where a confident new generation embraces tradition in a search for authenticity, and the old garde hews to its free-thinking, but no less authentic, ways.

Edmond Fallot Moutarderie in Bourgogne

aMuse Bouche: Burgundy Spice

With Burgundy’s rich and strongly flavored dishes, it’s easy to see why tangy Dijon mustard would be a specialty here. At a Moutarderie tour at Edmond Fallot, I learned the difference between Dijon and Burgundy mustard.

Photo Francois Mill/CIVP

The Wines of Provence: Fifty Shades of Rosé

About this time every year, I emerge from winter’s cocoon with only one thought: sipping a glass of gossamer-hued, mouth-watering, fruity rosé from Provence. They’re light-bodied, crisp and fruity wines that are always dry. But what I discovered at a Provence Wine Council tasting in SF last week is that these wines can also show beautiful depth, expressiveness and even class that are unique to this region.

Yangarra Estate

Australia Uncut in San Francisco

Australia is known for their regional blends but at a Wine Australia trade tasting in the city last month, I got a better appreciation for their single varietal wines and how well they reveal the essence of the terroir, and the winemakers, there.

Denis and Florence Dubordieu and family

The Côtes de Bordeaux: Affordable Bordeaux With Pedigree

When people think of red Bordeaux, they usually categorize them by Right Bank or Left Bank. But there’s another family of reds called the Côtes de Bordeaux crafted by small, family-owned wineries with a lot of care, pride and in many cases, world-class knowledge.

grandi marchi SF 2013

Passion for Italian: The Grandi Marchi in San Francisco

Passion for Italian doesn’t describe the rapt attention of the trade audience at the Grandi Marchi tasting last month in SF. Instead, it describes the passion of Italy’s greatest producers for their own uniquely Italian grapes, and their efforts to improve, revive and communicate them to the world…