“Comment dit-on” Burgundy? One answer will always be Nicolas Potel, who’s winemaker, Jean-Christophe Pascaud was asked, what makes great Burgundy, replied, ” It is not a question of extracting something from the grapes; it is a quest for purity and subtlety where they are no longer expected…” That quest is what drives Burgundy house Nicolas Potel & tasting the new releases of 2011 & 2012 Village, Premier and Grand Cru rouges shows a level of quality I have not previously encountered from them.
Goose Island Halia 2013 $23/750ml 7.5% While some have questioned Goose island’s quality after being purchased by AB/InBev, I have found my favorites like Maltida & Sofie to be rock solid. This sour peach ale is brewed with Brettanomyces Claussenii , aged in wine barrels and has fifty pounds of peaches per barrel. Straw yellow [...]
It’s “Portfolio” time in the wine & spirits industry, when distributors across the country host an event for their customers, be they stand alone retail stores or restaurants, selecting a portion of their “book” for tasting & taking orders for the busy upcoming holiday season.
Capital Wine & Spirits, the Pennsylvania division of Charmer-Sunbelt Group recently held their event in downtown Philly at Vie, a spacious but elegant 17,000 sq ft indoor/outdoor facility specializing in large corporate and private functions.
It was a beautiful sunny day in Philly & time to have some fun at the 2013 Philadelphia Wine Festival. Held for the second year at Lincoln Financial Field in their SCA club lounge & hosted by Philadelphia Magazine & Pa Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores.
There was a plethora of cuisine this year by some of Philly’s best restaurants
While “reborn” is an accurate translation for rinato, using it to describe the current wines of Italian producer Bolla might be a slight embellishment. This is not your mother & fathers Bolla, but closer to your grandmother & grandfathers, with some modern help.
Bolla is an entrepreneurial success story by any standard. In 1883 Abele Bolla, a Veneto innkeeper made his own Soave, a local wine, to give to his guests. Word got out about this Soave & eventually he labeled & sold it, becoming so popular it became known as “Soave Bolla”, one of the few Italian wines people knew by name.
An off-hand comment from Philly chef Derek Davis to Dead Guy Wine Society founder Scot “Zippy” Ziskind about the passing of Chateau Montelena founder & “Judgment of Paris ” winner Jim Barrett started a flurry of e-mails that ended with a last minute tribute to a man that help put the United States, California & the pioneering spirit that makes this country great into the spotlight.
Two turns left clockwise to 75, one turn right to 66, no seriously, the right combination of Maison Nicolas Potel’s exquisite Burgundies , Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse’s decadent cuisine & the vault of the first private bank in the United States make for a AAA rated event!
Spending a Monday night drinking wine & noshing on tasty appetizers is always fun. Add to that hanging out with Joel Gott, winemaker at Joel Gott Wines and the evening becomes a real treat! One winery is not enough for Joel , he is also the owner of the Gott’s Roadside establishments, one of the Three Thieves, & one half of Shatter, a collaboration from the little known region of Maury, France.
Another October means it’s BORDEAUX night for the Dead Guys Wine Society(DGWS). This year had some changes. While the lineup for 2011 had some 50+ wines with Cheval Blanc & d’ Yquem as highlights, 2012′s night was for DGWS members only, with a more manageable 20 wines. I had the enviable (?) position again this year to free pour 750ML of wine into twenty some different sized glasses without running out of wine for the poor last soul in line.