Planning for Election Night

The politics of drinking are complicated indeed. Which is why, as I plan my election-night festivities, I have decided on the kind of wine I’ll be drinking: Champagne. And not because I plan on celebrating or drowning my electoral sorrows in a sea of bubbly;...

Arrive’! Arrive’!

    That’s right!  It’s that time of year again – the third Thursday of November – when the 2008 Beaujolais Nouveaus are released.  The first French wines to be released for each vintage year, these wines are supposed to be drunk young, while...

French Wines For Less, 2/01/08

Dom. Bernard Defaix Chablis “Cote de Lechet”, 2005, Burgundy Southern Whites Ch. Grande Cassagne Costieres de Nimes, 2005, Languedoc-Roussilon J. Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc, 2005 Middle Ground Dom. du Granit Moulin-a-Vent, 2004, Burgundy Rhone Reds...

The Wine “Curve”

A few years back while channel surfing I settled on a television rarity – a program about wine that was informative without being insufferably boring or contrived. What stuck was an interview with an older French gentleman who was the latest master of a great...

Chateau D’Alzon 1949 Saint Emilion

The story behind this bottle is intriguing.  Discovered in a basement in Philadelphia recently, it was part of a cache of French wines that had been cellared and apparently forgotten about 60 years ago. A great friend of the School, Miguel L, acquired the collection...