Time to roll up the sleeves. First stop was Le Vieux Donjon, the family-run estate that takes a rather subtle approach to its signage. The Michel family—Lucien, Marie-Joseph and daughter, Claire—is currently in charge at Le Vieux Donjon, a domaine familiar to many of you.
Flight: On time. Train connection: No problem. I got to Avignon just before noon, as scheduled, and so finally my long-running travel jinx is broken. Sort of. My GPS didn’t exactly have the new roundabout on it, and I spent a few extra minutes getting to my hotel, but that hardly counts.
It's one of my favorite things to do here at work: walk into Marvin's office to say I'll see him in two weeks. When he asks where I'm going, I say "Off to the Rhône, again." I then high-tail it out of his office before he gets a chance to change his mind.
I sat down recently with Carlos Pulenta, owner of Argentina’s Finca & Bodega Carlos Pulenta. It’s been a couple of years without samples being sent since the winery's impressive debut bottlings, so I was happy to get caught up with this experienced winery owner.
I've just gotten back to the office after a week's vacation in Cabo, Mexico, hence the static blog. I'm digging out my desk and wondering why it's cold outside as I'm wearing shoes and a long-sleeve shirt … I've been to Cabo a half-dozen times since 2000 and have seen its dramatic build up over that time.
The small (but hopefully growing) number of consumers out there familiar with Finger Lakes wines is likely familiar with this winery. Though the wines have been absent from Wine Spectator’s official tastings for a few years now , quality has always been high.
In a recent blog post , I took a look at the quiet track record of Thelema , one of South Africa’s best Cabernet producers. Mulderbosch could arguably be Thelema’s alter ego— it’s known for white wine more than its reds (in contrast to Thelema), and it too has quietly put together an impressive track record.
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