Tastings and Travels
Follow this link for information about our upcoming tastings and travelogues from recent adventures in the vineyards.
2015 Upcoming Tastings and Events (please contact your sales representative for details):
October 12th, Galaxy Portfolio Tasting
Beaujolais, Jura, Burgundy, Champagne, London, Jerez…April 12-May 4, 2013
Quite a stunning route and perhaps a lesson learned from last year. South to north, then to the flor. This trip was like a highlight reel, making a proper synopsis impossible, so here are some photos. From top to bottom and left to right: Paul-Henri Thillardon (showing us the Les Boccards vineyard in Chenas), Fabien Duperray of Domaine Jules Desjourneys (giving a masterclass on the Lieux-Dits of Moulin-a-Vent), and Julien Labet (the real star of Rotalier).
Champagne and Chablis via London…April 12-22, 2012
Yes, it is a requirement that we head to Champagne each year to taste new releases (and hopefully an older bottle or two). This time we not only visited our producers in their cellars, but we attended three trade events and were able to taste a broad range of producers wines as a group, or in this case three small groups. Certainly the most efficient way to taste, though the pesky throngs of people mean that all the intimacy of a visit to the winery is lost. But what is gained is a reinvigorated appreciation for the producers we represent. The final day of the trip was spent in Chablis, and while two of our destinations need no introduction, our visit to newcomer Patrick Piuze was a great lesson in the micro terroir of Chablis. Keep an eye out for these wines, they’ll be gone before you know it. We also stopped in London to hit some tapas bars and drink sherry before catching an Arsenal match, the final requirement of any trip that gets within a thousand miles of Emirates Stadium. Below are some shots from the trip and these events (featured players left to right are: Raphael Bereche, Red Pants, Matthew Elsen, Peter Liem, Anselme Selosse, and Vincent Dauvissat).
Walla Walla, Washington…March 16-18, 2012
When we planned on visiting all six of our producers in Walla Walla in less than two days the task seemed daunting. But a 7am departure put us on the right side of time despite an inadvertent foray north towards Kennewick (don’t have to cross the river to get to Walla Walla). Which begs the obvious question. Did you know that 31% of the planted acreage in the Walla Walla AVA is in Oregon? Below is a sketch by Caleb Foster of Buty outlining his new Rockgarden Estate vineyard in Milton-Freewater, and a photo of Seven Hills vineyard, just down the hill from Ferguson Ridge, L’Ecole No 41’s newest project part of the SeVein development. Inset is a wistful looking John Abbott, showing the crew the amazing view from the winery balcony.