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Red Champagne: Gerbais Coteaux Champenois

Still red wine is made in Champagne. You will not find a lot stateside, but they are here. Gerbais is one of our favorite growers in Champagne, and their bubbles are well worth seeking out, but they also make one of the best still wines we've had from Champagne, and at a reasonable price*. If you're into Pinot Noir**, you owe it to yourself to try a Coteaux Champenois at some point. Gerbais Coteaux Champenois 2019 - $55 This note is from 24 hours after opening with half the b

Old Vine Champagne: Sebastien Girost Dure Peine

You've definitely heard of two of the major grapes of Champagne, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and you've probably heard of Pinot Meunier, the other one*. Most Champagne is a blend of the three, but there's a good chance you've had some pure Chardonnay or pure Pinot Noir from Champagne. Pure Pinot Meunier? It's a thing, more and more common lately, but far from the norm, and I bet most of you have not tried one yet. The first pure Pinot Meunier Champagne I tried was Egly-Ouriet'

Old Vine Burgundy: Goisot Les Mazelots

If you're into Burgundy, you know that the world just can't get enough. Price and availability are going in opposite directions, and I think you can guess which way for each. Finding "value" is possible, but you have to look outside the big-name villages (Gevrey, Chambolle, Vosne...) and that's where we're headed today. The commune of Irancy is quite a bit north and west of the center of Pinot Noir production in Burgundy, sitting just south of Chablis in an area mostly known

New Landron: Clos la Cariziere

That's Jo Landron, you've probably read about him here before. We really love his wines. I thought I knew about all of them, but I was wrong, as I'd never tasted his Clos la Cariziere. We tasted it a few weeks ago, and it has now garnered quite an audience at Craft and Cru. If you haven't tried it yet, do so soon. One of the things I struggle with as a wine lover, wine buyer and wine seller is the sustainability of fine wine. Even if the wine maker takes every step to preserv

The Child that Got His Own

Barring unrepresentative bottles, we are always quite pleased with the wines we pour for you, but we are absolutely psyched about these five wines, representing the parent-offspring relationship between three grapes. The proud parents: Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. The celebrated offspring: Cabernet Sauvignon. Here are two Sauvignon Blanc and two Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley, the homeland, followed by an extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, the reg

Rhone Valley Wines w/ Jo-Ann Ross

We had Jo-Ann Ross in the house talking us through a bang-up lineup of southern Rhone wines; two whites and two reds that showcase why the Rhone Valley is a paradise for the grapevine, a blessing to enophiles everywhere, and unequivocally one of the world's greatest wine regions. Domaine de Fondreche Ventoux Blanc 2017 From organically grown vines on north and west facing slopes of Mont Ventoux, cool sites well suited to white wine production in this very sunny locale, this i

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