Tag Archives: Burgundy

The resilience of Burgundy

Yesterday’s post on two wines from the Drouhin family reminded me of this article I wrote last year for The Washington Post, after visiting Frédéric Drouhin at the family caves in Beaune. I’ve never posted it here before, so ICYMI. Drouhin … Continue reading

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Drouhin, at home and abroad

When entertaining friends who don’t spend an inordinate amount of their time thinking, drinking and writing about wine, I’m sometimes peppered with questions: How did you get into writing about wine? What do you look for in a wine? What … 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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Jancis Robinson, Helen Turley, and “Dirty,” “Underripe” Pinot Noir

I’m always amazed at how ideological people can be about wine. Or perhaps I should say, idiot-illogical. Wine is a varied and wonderful drink that should bring like-thirsted enthusiasts together, not divide them over subjective preferences. But no, and living … 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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Reading the Vintage Charts

Vintage charts can be tricky. They can enslave us to focus on a high-scoring vintage while neglecting a “lesser” year. Or they can be clues to opportunity – even the “bad” years offer good wines, if you know where to … Continue reading

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Two Voices of Pinot Noir

I suffered cognitive dissonance a few weeks ago over pinot noir. I lunched on Monday with Richard Sanford at his Alma Rosa Winery in Santa Barbara County over beef stew and his 2006 and 2007 La Encantada Vineyard pinot. He … Continue reading

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