Category Archives: Appetizers

Regional Profile: Jura

Where: East of the Burgundy region in France, pushed right up against the border with Switzerland. Heard of the Jurassic era? It’s actually named after the Jura region, because its limestone soils were first studied in this neck of the … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Chablis

Where: Two hours southeast of Paris on the A6 autoroute, this is the northernmost sub-region of Burgundy.    What: A one-of-a-kind wine region known for three specific things: a chilly climate, chalky limestone-and-clay soil, and 100% Chardonnay. This unique combination … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Dinner 2012: Wine Pairing Supplement

The following flight of wines have been specially selected to pair with this year’s Thanksgiving Dinner at Corkbuzz; they will be available as a $40 pairing supplement.   Philipps Eckstein Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese ’08 – Mosel, Germany The Eyrie … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Casablanca Valley

Where: About halfway down the length of the skinny, seaside country of Chile, the Casablanca Valley rests only 20 miles from the ocean. It’s technically a sub-region of the larger Aconcagua region.   What: Vines weren’t even planted in Casablanca until the … Continue reading

Wine Pairings for the Thanksgiving Table

“What wine to pair with Thanksgiving dinner?”   The question surfaces casually at first, a bit playfully, as early as the first day of fall. But as November introduces itself and Turkey Thursday looms closer, the inquiries become more urgent, … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Wachau

Where: Eastern Austria, within the larger region (or weinbaugebiete) of Niederösterreich and running along the banks of the stunning Danube River. The Wachau sub-region (“vahc-OW”) is barely 12 miles long yet has over 900 individual named vineyard sites!   What: … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Chinon

Where: In the middle of the Loire Valley, within the greater region of Touraine. Chinon rests in a corner between the Loire River (to its north) and the tributary River Vienne (to its south).   What: Prime time for Cabernet Franc … Continue reading

Regional Profile: Sancerre

Where: In the easternmost section of France’s Loire Valley, eyeing Pouilly-Fumé directly across the River Loire. Chablis is roughly a two-hour drive northeast, while Paris is about two and a half hours due north.   What: This is France’s hallowed … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Clos Roche Blanche

Who: Clos Roche Blanche   What: Free-Thinking Radical, Dedicated to the Dirt   Where: Touraine (Loire Valley, France)   Why: Because Clos Roche Blanche’s winemaker Didier Barrouillet will come right out and tell you that he thinks the concept of … Continue reading

Winery Profile: Domaine Michel Lafarge

Who: Domaine Michel Lafarge   What: Sense and Sensibility in the South of the Côte d’Or   Where: Volnay (Côte de Beaune, Burgundy, France) – holdings include vines in Volnay Premier Crus Clos des Chênes, Caillerets, Clos du Château des Ducs, Mitans; Pommard … Continue reading