April 1, 2014 Kate

We were grateful for a sunny day on April 1st in Union Square. While the calendar date of our event may have given pause to some, our customers are no fools, and these wines were no joke! There are a number of exciting new producers for us in the New York and New Jersey portfolios this Spring. Pair them up with the new vintages and wines from our long time favorites and it made for one excellent tasting at Corkbuzz Wine Studio. Romain Cornin from Macon and Jean-Sebastien Marionnet from Touraine joined us to showcase their latest bottlings. Young and…

December 1, 2013 Jennie

First impressions are lasting. I am fortunate to travel for a living and have a mental rolodex of lasting impressions – people, places, meals, wines. Alabama struck me from the first visit. The impression that was formed in school, the birth place of the Civil Windows 7 Clave Rights Movement, was at the forefront of my thoughts as I arrived into Birmingham. What would the culinary and wine scene be like? I met for lunch with several individuals whom with we were hoping to form a partnership. We dined at Chef Frank Stitt’s restaurant, Bottega. The bruschetta with fresh050-565spring pea…

November 1, 2013 Martine

I left for Burgundy in mid-September, but the grapes were far for being ripe. Wineries were on stand-by. Even the area of Pouilly-Fuisse, always first to harvest, picking did not start until September 26. So I took the opportunity to barrel-taste the 2011 Domaine Leroy and the wines were stunning. Dominique Cornin was disappointed with the quantity but not the quality, which in my view is most important. His son Romain has joined him, and Dominique has acquired more vineyards, which allows him to still have enough crop to survive. The areas of Beaune, as you may know, were devastated…

September 28, 2012 Martine

The Most Dreary Growing Season in Champagne and Burgundy Results in an Outstanding Vintage 2012 After All! Last March, I spent 10 days in Burgundy, enduring summer temperatures over 80F, as I was equipped for cold weather. Incredible and worrisome for producers. Champagne Stéphane Coquillette, Chardonnay harvest April 1st (for my second movie “A Year in Champagne”) we filmed Stéphane Coquillette demonstrating pruning in his vineyard under a blazing sun and a deep blue sky.  At that point, the vineyards of Burgundy were 6 weeks ahead, versus 4 in 2011! From April 1st to mid-August, both…

June 29, 2012 Melissa

An article by Blair Curtis from www.fortheloveofport.com Some writers have dubbed Dirk Niepoort an “iconoclast”. Like most complex and interesting people, Dirk Niepoort cannot accurately be described in a single word. Insomuch as Dirk might show modern tendencies, for instance in his pioneering of Douro dry table wines, he simultaneously fights to maintain the all-but-vanished traditional Port category of Garrafeiras – a category his father Rolf was happy to relinquish, but Dirk has revived chez Niepoort. So it is not a matter of simply placing Dirk Niepoort into the “modernist” camp – he is too much of an individual to allow…

October 15, 2011 Martine

Following a very early spring with unusually warm temperatures and dry weather, the blooming got a head start.  In 2011, it occurred mid-May. If you add 90 to 100 days, it will give you roughly the date of harvest.  The good weather continued through June and everyone was aware that it might be like the 2003 vintage that started from Mid-August on.  Winemakers then decided to take their family vacation in July. The months of July and August changed everything. The weather was overcast, cool, rainy, and slowed down the maturity of the grapes and furthermore, brought mildew. When I…

October 1, 2010 Martine

When I arrived in Burgundy at the end of August, no one was very cheerful. After a very cold winter, some of the vines had died, a frost had formed during flowering which greatly reduced the future crop, and a lot of millerandage occurred. Millerandage clusters at Domaine Perrot-Minot Then, after a scorching heat-wave from the end of June to mid-July, the weather turned rather cool and wet. Vineyards were stricken with mildew and odium. Everyone was hoping for a great month of September to ripen the grapes. There is a saying:  “September makes the wine…”…

October 15, 2008 Martine

Every one talks about the year of the 13 moons greatly affecting the climate: too hot, too wet, too stormy, too cold. In fact, this is a year of uncontrollable weather affecting every region of France. I arrived in Burgundy on September 1st, having calculated the dates of my trip according to the date of blooming season. If you add 90 days, you get almost the correct date of harvest. Mildew affected vineyard in Vosne-Romanée Well, it was all wrong. The summer was wet and cold until September 8th. Every one was depressed. Some even had hale…

October 4, 2007 Martine

Dominique Cornin’s vineyard in Chaintré There is a saying in Burgundy “Septembre fait le vin,” September makes the wine. It applied in 1978 when the entire summer was overcast with cool temperatures, and by the end of August, the grapes looked like little green English peas.  This year, as the growers came back from their short vacation in anticipation of an early harvest, they were depressed, totally undone, almost desperate. The weather had been cool, grey, and rainy with a low of 10° C and a high of 15° C. Jean Thévenet…

September 25, 2006 Martine

A relatively cold and wet winter, followed by a late spring with no frost… a blooming season on schedule… it seems that no one had to worry!  July was scorching, then August was cold, overcast and wet, with unseasonably cool temperatures from the Mediterranean coast to Chablis. Upon my arrival in Macon, I immediately wanted to hear about the harvest from Dominique Cornin.  He was a total pessimist, complaining that veraison had stopped because of the cold weather in August, and that after two days of heavy rain, mildew had developed.  By September 6th, the temperature had risen to 90˚F…