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In Pinot Noir, Riesling, Zinfandel on November 19, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 5.15.44 PM Maison L’Envoy Two Messengers Willamette Valley Pinot Noir drinks like a very fine Chambolle-Musigny – cascades of Pinot’s strawberry fruit character intermix with baking spices, caramelized oranges, graham cracker, and touches of vanilla bean.  It’s as silky on the palate as one might guess.  While being whole-cluster pressed, this is done before fermentation is complete.  The idea is to retain all of the rich glycerol sensations on the palate, but without any of the hot alcohols or tannins.  Smooth and velvety are the words that come to mind, but mostly it’s just so darn easy to drink.

Dashe Cellars Dry Creek Zinfandel opens with a bounteous brambly fruit character of raspberries, blackberries, and hints of red flower tones melded together with a bare touch of ferrous and spice-like qualities.  The palate is fun and hedonistic, but just like the Zinfandels at Ridge, the wines have a complex palate richness that interweaves baking spices, minerals, supple fruit and integrated tannins into a lengthy finish.

Karl Erbes Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese has aromas that burst with exotic, tropical spice and kiwi, passionfruit, strawberries, tamarind and coconut.  Wurzgarten is also home to some of the oldest vines in Germany, now reaching almost a century and a half, creating wines with finish that can be tasted minutes after the last glass is tasted. These flavors are balanced by the freshness of acidity.  Balance is always the key to enjoying fruity wines and no winemaker does it better than Karl Erbes.

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The Burgundy Festival

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Date: Saturday, November 21
Time: 1 pm until 5 pm
Location: Waterford Wine Company
Cost: $30 per person, credited towards a six bottle purchase
Format: Festival

The best way to understand the wines of Burgundy is to immerse yourself in this great field. Besides going to Burgundy, when do you ever get the chance to explore, 20, 30, even 40 different wines from the region side by side?

That is what this festival is all about.

I truly believe that Burgundy is one of the greatest places in all the world to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. And I love sharing great wines with friends. Those two things come together on Saturday, November 21, in what is always one of Waterford’s most dynamic tastings – the Burgundy Festival.

The Burgundy Festival has always been a good time, but this year we kick it up a notch. We have three brand-new, breathtaking Burgundy portfolios to sample from. Each portfolio contains almost unlimited new selections from their producers. What this means to us: Our exploration of Burgundy just became wider, more free-ranging, and even more in-depth.

As always, for everyone from the novice Burgundy taster to the seasoned collector, this is a tasting not to miss.

2013 Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Cru Morgon Cote du Py

In Beaujolais on November 17, 2015 at 1:09 pm


Coming from an extended winemaking family, Jean-Marc Burgaud founded his estate in 1989 with his wife Christine.  They own a total of 19 hectares, which is the most he believes he can cultivate while still producing the handcrafted quality he is looking for.  The vines are located in Morgon, right in the heart of Cru Beaujolais, with an average vine age of 60 years planted at 10,000 vines per acre.

Those stats may sound boring, but what they add up to is, as Hugh Johnson notes: “incredibly fresh, vivid, fruity, and infinitely swallowable wine.  Gouleyant is the word.”  And Burgaud’s Morgon Cote du Py shows it:

Pronounced aromas joyfully leap from the glass of black cherry trees planted near a freshwater lake, and touches of wild herbs dust the rim of the glass as if they were put there by a tiny fairy’s wand.  Just because it’s “vivid and fruity” doesn’t mean this wine doesn’t have depth: A deep dive into pomegranate, raspberries, orange zest, and wet stones all come together with such a refreshing finish that it drives one to eat, and eat well. Maybe we should drink it straight on through to Thanksgiving? Please contact us for pricing and availability: or 414-289-9463.