As weather turns chilly and leaves turn colors, much of what we eat turns toward warm, savory autumn meals and wine-enthusiasts’ thoughts often turn to warm and approachable Rhone style red wines. Paired with hearty stews, and game night chili, the so-called “Rhone Varietals” are a solid red wine choice for the season’s cuisine. Indeed … Continue reading Autumn reds for autumn foods – Rhone always delivers!
Some people complain that ‘there is a holiday for everything’ nowadays – but I think a holiday and a celebration is a wonderful thing – any time at all. In this case, a group called the Grenache Symposium (their mission: promote grenache-based wines) has declared September 24 to be “International Grenache Day”. My response: Let’s … Continue reading Happy Grenache Day to you all !!!
Braddock’s American Brasserie at the Pittsburgh Renaissance Hotel has agreed to carry these wines just for our tastings each Tuesday of June from 530pm-730pm – check out the great and interesting variety of European Wines! Tuesday June 7 – These two wines were just featured in the wine spectator as “Best Values” in the Wine … Continue reading June Tuesday Tastings – great European Variety!
In anticipation of great attendance for this Wednesday’s 5-7pm French Happy Hour at Brasserie 33 – we have chosen four high quality wines to go with the authentic French Happy Hour Menu – here they are: White Chateau Richard Bergerac White Domaine Philemon Gaillac Red Domaine Guicharde Cotes du Rhone Red Chateau Gobert Bordeaux Continue reading Wines for French Happy Hour this Wednesday 16Mar11
This week at Braddock’s (http://www.braddocksrestaurant.com/events/) we are fortunate to have made another deep dive into their wine cellar to fine the 2005 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône. This will be available by the glass (very unusual!) so that we may all taste the results of this historically significant vintage. Robert Parker rated the Southern … Continue reading Special wine for Tuesday Tasting at Braddock’s 22Feb11
Due to high interest in French wine (and my recent travels in France!), along with the permanent recognition that France produces some of the best and most diverse cheeses in the world, we decided to produce an all France themed wine and cheese cruise. We were honored to have such an enthusiastic audience and highly … Continue reading French wines and cheeses on the river…
Jean-Paul Autard http://www.paulautard.com is not an old man, but he has a wealth of wine-making experience since taking over the family wine operation at age 17. This domaine produces a range of wines including many award winning, highly sought after wines (Autard’s 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape “Cote Ronde” scored an impressive 97 pts from the … Continue reading Domaine Paul Autard Cotes-du-Rhone 2009
This wine is not at all small. The 2007 Southern Rhone vintage was a big one across the board and this wine is no exception. The exceptional aspect of this wine is the value to the consumer at this price point. For people with a taste for a truly big wine at an affordable price … Continue reading Domaine de la Solitude Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007 – Big Wine!