Category Archives: Burgundy

Summer Wines with Soul & Substance

The weather is unusually pleasant for mid-summer this week in the Washington area, leaving me thinking of warm days and cooler nights, those wonderful “diurnal swings” that supposedly contribute to well-balanced wine. But since the 2014 Virginia and Maryland wines … Continue reading

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Spicing up your wine life: Explore new frontiers

This is the third in my series of New Year’s suggestions for spicing up your wine explorations in 2012: Explore a new wine region. Do you love Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon? Try something different – a cabernet from the Santa … Continue reading

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Book Review: Roy Cloud’s “To Burgundy and Back Again”

This is the third in a series of short reviews of wine books worthy of putting under the Christmas tree for the vinophiliac on your list this year. I laughed out loud twice reading the first five pages of Roy … Continue reading

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Worth reading this week

In my continuing quest to come up with a regular pattern of posts that can make it easier to keep feeding this blog and also give you readers some consistency about what to expect when you visit, I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Popsicles with #Wine? Anything Goes When It’s This #$*& Hot!

Maybe I was channeling my inner Jose Andres, but when my daughter presented me a mango-smoothie popsicle she’d made with her new Zoku popsicle maker, I immediately wondered how I could use this new toy in a different way. We … Continue reading

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OK, so now I have tasted a Marcassin pinot noir … and liked it!

Okay, so now I have tasted a Marcassin Pinot Noir. The 1997 Marcassin Vineyard, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, to be exact. This was presented to me as a dare the other night after I had written that I hadn’t experienced … Continue reading

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Bobby Kacher – Dean of the DC Importers

The Washington, D.C., region is a very fun and active market for wine consumers, especially for those of us interested in imported wines. There is a vibrant cadre of wine importers serving this market, enough to keep wine lovers turning … Continue reading

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Chablis: The Ultimate in Unoaked Chardonnay

I consider myself part of the Anything But Chardonnay crowd – at least, until I taste one I really love. Lately I’ve tasted several from Chablis that make me think of converting to the Chardonnay side of the aisle. These … Continue reading

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Chardonnay – Yes, Chardonnay! – for Summer …

In the summer heat, we often say ixnay to the chardonnay, preferring lighter, more acidic white wines. But we shouldn’t reject chardonnay altogether. This week and next, in my Washington Post wine columns, I recommend some terrific chardonnays for summer … Continue reading

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Happy 30th Anniversary to Becky Wasserman!

Becky Wasserman is the grande dame of Burgundy. An American ex-pat, for the past 30 years she has represented many of Burgundy’s greatest estates, helping sell their wines to the United States, Britain and elsewhere. Earlier this year, I had … Continue reading

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