Looking Forward: Le Piane Boca 2016

We talk about Le Piane often. New arrivals from this winery are quite simply exciting, and a new vintage of their flagship Boca is a...

Barbera Alert System ACT!VATED!!!

The picture of grapes above were found here, where you'll also find an interesting translation of an old description Barbera ... ... but...

Focus: Huet Le Haut Lieu Sec 2019

There's no bigger name in the Loire than Domaine Huet. Every time I taste a bottle there is great anticipation, yet Huet has never let me...

Woof

Arf! What's going on? I kinda prefer this weather to the heat wave, so I dunno why I'm barking... it's just a little shocking. The cool...

Alpine Refreshment: Petite Arvine

La Crotta di Vegneron is a collective of about 120 growers with small scattered plots around Chambave, in the Vallée d'Aoste (due to the...

Drinking Windows: Goldtropfchen

Apparently there are hundreds of wine to go windows across Italy. They were incorporated into buildings in the Middle Ages, when the...

Return of the Jedi: Claré J.C. 2020

... did I say jedi? I think I meant nebi... nebbiolo... Vajra's Claré J.C. does seem to have some mind tricks up its sleeve... is it red,...

Wines without Makeup: Filipa Pato

One of the most recommended winemakers at Craft and Cru, Filipa Pato is a mom making some of the world's most brilliant wines. We are...

François Chidaine, a Name to Know

I'm not alone in my extremely high estimation of François Chidaine. He is a master of his craft, dedicated to intensive organic and...

Umami Bomb: El Pedrosal Reserva 2009

This wine is a no-brainer. It is an incredible deal. Most of the reserva-level wines from Perez Pascuas are released early and cost $60+....

Pink: Fondrèche Ventoux Rosé

The vineyards at Domaine de Fondrèche were certified organic since 2009 but as of 2016 they left umbrella of certification as they sought...

Paris at Craft and Cru: Syrah of Light

I'll sometimes talk about contrapposto or chiaroscuro, terms borrowed from the world of visual arts, to describe the balance of a wine....