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De Moor Le Vendangeur Masque Caravan 2017


Synopsis, Our Opinion: Noteworthy white wine that’s an excellent value.

Producer/Winery: Domaine Alice & Olivier De Moor Le Vendangeur; Courgis, France.

Grape Variety: Blend – Clairette, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Sauvignon Gris and Aligoté.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Vin de France; Rhone Valley, France.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $21.60 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]

Chapelle & fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017


Synopsis, Our Opinion: Good everyday affordable red Burgundy.

Producer/Winery: Domaine Chapelle @ Fils; Santenay, France.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Burgundy, France.

Vintage: 2017

Price: $21.60 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]

Vallana Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo Rose 2018


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A very nice invigorating Rosé,

Producer/Winery: Antonio Vallana; Maggiora, Italy.

Grape Variety: Rosé: Nebbiolo

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Colline Novaresi; Piedmont, Italy.

Vintage: 2018

Price: $16.20 (with a 10% mixed case discount) [click to continue…]

Colombier Hermitage Blanc 2016


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A VERY refined and elegant white

Producer/Winery: Florent Viale; Domaine du Colombier; Tain L’Hermitage, France.

Grape Variety: Marsanne.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Hermitage; Rhone Valley, France.

Vintage: 2016

Price: €52.00 ($57.92) [click to continue…]

Coche Pommard 1er Cru La Platiere 2015


Synopsis, Our Opinion: MEMORABLE red burgundy!!!

Producer/Winery: Domaine Fabien Coche; Meursault, France.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Pommard 1er Cru La Platiere; Burgundy, France.

Vintage: 2015

Price: €38.25 ($42.06) [click to continue…]

Michel Vire Clesse Tradition 2016


Synopsis, Our Opinion: A delicious white Burgundy that was an excellent value.

Producer/Winery: Domaine Michel; Clesse, France.

Grape Variety: Chardonnay.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Vire Clesse; Burgundy, France.

Vintage: 2016

Price: €17.00 ($18.75) [click to continue…]

Marsannay Clos de Jeu 2015


Synopsis, Our Opinion: An unusual Pinot Noir that really had character.

Producer/Winery: Château de Marsannay; Marsannay-la-Côte, France.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Cote de Nuits; Burgundy, France.

Vintage: 2015

Price: €28.00 ($30.79) [click to continue…]

Wine lovers dream…cruising on the river with vineyards lining the hillsides
Photo from IGLU Cruise.

Twice we have taken river cruises in wine regions of Europe in the hopes of having interesting wines that were included at no charge with the meals. Following is a brief overview of our wine experience on these river cruses, but first here’s a little background. Our first experience was on a Viking cruse on the Danube river (see our post Amsterdam to Budapest river trip) that went through the Rhine regions of Austria and Germany. The second was an Avalon cruse through Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. Both served “local” wines at lunch and dinner with no additional charge and in all honesty you were served as much as you wanted without hesitation. Both cruises were about the same number of days, stopped at cities and towns that have strong appeal to wine lovers and both had outstanding shore guides, similar accommodations, wait staff and menus, but comparable Avalon cruises cost about 25% more than the Viking cruises. The tangible differences we discerned were the Avalon boat appeared to be newer, it had much better public space, daily evening entertainment and the chef was definitely a little more creative. So with that said here are a few observations about the wines. [click to continue…]

Bitouzet Prieur Volnay 2017


Synopsis, Our Opinion: OUTSTANDING Pinot Noir.

Producer/Winery: François Bitouzet; Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur;
Volnay, France.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Volnay; Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France.

Vintage: 2017

Price: €26.00 ($28.75) [click to continue…]

Gilles Barge Cote Rotie Brune 2015


Synopsis, Our Opinion: DELICIOUS Cote Rotie Syrah.

Producer/Winery: Domaine Gilles Barge; Ampuis, France.

Grape Variety: Syrah with 1-3% Viognier.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Cote Rotie; Rhone Valley, France.

Vintage: 2015

Price: $52.00 ($57.50) [click to continue…]