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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'

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

Vino/Vin Bianco/Blanc

White wine is often not taken as seriously as red wine. This is a mistake. Way under the radar, the Bianchello del Metauro DOC of Italy's Marche region is nonetheless worth your attention, especially when it comes to the organic wine of Crespaia. Established in 2011, Crespaia has grown to 10 contiguous hectares of certified organic vines around an old villa and church close to the Adriatic Sea. They grow some Sangiovese, but Crespaia is focused on the Bianchello cultivar, a g

Down by the Sea: Mediterranean

How does the Mediterranean sea influence its wines? Will we taste salt? The aromatic scrub-land of the landscape? The ripe fruit of the region's sun-bathed vineyards? Hopefully all those things and more! Triennes Viognier 'Sainte Fleur' 2016 Triennes has always been an interesting property. In 1989 it was co-founded by two of Burgundy's biggest names: Aubert de Villaine (runs a little place called Domaine de la Romanee Conti) and Jacques Seysses (of the eponymous Domaine Duja

Italy’s Greatest Wine Region?

The home of Barolo, Barbaresco and so many of Italy's most celebrated and sought after bottles, the Langhe has so much to offer. Here are just a few that are our current obsession. Fratelli Alessandria Langhe Favorita 2017 The strictly delimited land of the Barolo DOCG is presently so valuable that Nebbiolo (the only grape allowed in a bottle of Barolo) is taking over in spots that would have formerly been considered too cool for such a late-ripening sun-craving cultivar. F

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