Category Archives: French wine

CRU – S CONTROL – 10 GEMS FROM BEAUJOLAIS

  Crus’ing to New Prominence CRU GAMAYS GAIN RESPECT   By David Lincoln Ross A perfect storm of positive marketplace trends is boosting the 10 crus of Beaujolais to new prominence and popularity. Merchants, restaurateurs and somms, together with customers, are … Continue reading

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NYC Retail [Re-]Openings Under The Microscope

Manhattan Merchants Re-Imagine Brick & Mortar Stores                   For any wine and spirits merchant or restaurateur, be she or he new to the business or a multi-decade, multi-generational veteran, to contemplate a … Continue reading

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Rhône Revival

Rhône Revival Not often does wind get credit for winemaking, but in France’s Rhône Valley, the Mistral deserves some respect, in so much as it is contributing to a new Rhone Revival. Sending cool air down the Rhône River as … Continue reading

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Bubbling To The Top – Champagne’s Revival

AS ECONOMY REBOUNDS, CHAMPAGNE RECLAIMS ITS PREMIUM PERCH Today, Champagne is bubbling to the top. If further proof were needed that Champagne has regained some swagger since the “Great Recession” lows of 2009, consider pancakes and pumpkins. In a seasonal, … Continue reading

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POP STAR: Belinda Chang, Moet’s New Champagne “Charlie”

Belinda Chang, Moët’s New Champagne Educator  Long a talented interloper in the male-dominated drinks, restaurant and hospitality fields, Belinda Chang, newly appointed as Moët Hennessy USA’s (MH USA) Champagne Educator, is crashing through yet another glass ceiling in her meteoric, honor-laden … Continue reading

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VINEXPO 2013 – US MERCHANTS GAUGE GLOBAL WINE TRENDS

Vinexpo 2013: Bordeaux’s Global Wine Fair   On one of the few sunny days in Bordeaux during Vinexpo 2013. by David Lincoln Ross Amid steady rains, the rare rainbow or two and cool temperatures across lush vineyards and celebrated chateaus from … Continue reading

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AZURE IS THE NEW ROSÉ- SACHA LICHINE’S CHATEAU d’ESCLANS

Sacha Lichine of Château d’Esclans / Photo Courtesy of Château d’Esclans Rosy Outlook for Sacha Lichine’s Château d’Esclans and Whispering Angel  It’s difficult enough to build a brand in one country, let alone globally.  But channeling his late father Alexis Lichine’s legendary sales … Continue reading

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6 Outstanding 2013 Wine, Spirits and Beer Books

If you or a fellow zythophile (beer lover), enophile (wine lover), or liquorphile  (ok, you get it now!) happen to be thirsty for a good read, here’s a roundup of half-a-dozen super stocking-stuffers published in 2013.   Here’s to your … Continue reading

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Punch Renaissance – What Goes Around Comes Around

PUNCH’S CREATIVE REVIVAL by David Lincoln Ross Rowdy libation it may be when consumed to excess, as famed illustrator William Hogarth depicts Punch’s potent effects in this evocative 18th century engraving, today classic Punch recipes are being creatively re-interpreted by … Continue reading

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Jancis Robinson’s Wine Grapes Book Review in SAVEUR

SAVEUR, December 2012 Issue Here’s a copy of my recent and short book review of Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson and her co-authors in SAVEUR’s December 2012 issue. Roots Matter: Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julie Harding and José Vouillamoz … Continue reading

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