Gallivanting in the Gaillac

Nicolas in the Vines

Between the trade shows in Montpellier and Angers, I had the good fortune to spend 2 days in the Gaillac region of France visiting our biodynamic producer Nicolas Lebrun of l’Enclos des Braves.  Wait, where?  It’s just northeast of the city of Toulouse, in the Southwest part of the country.  Wait, what?  OK, OK, take […]

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2013- Thank YOU

Champagne

2013 is almost done, improbably, impossibly, unbelievably.  And, thanks to YOU, what a year! I am not just saying that either, I truly mean it.  This was our first year of actual importing, and boy did we import a lot of wine.  We started off in 4 states, and within 12 months expanded into 7 […]

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The Bubbly Has Landed

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz Brut

It’s Fall again (or almost – it was 52F when I woke up this morning, so cool enough that it pretty much counts as Fall for me), which means it’s the main selling season for the wine business.  Already, salespeople are trolling the streets like hungry wolves, rolly bags full of clinking samples in tow, […]

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Gaillac? Gaillac!

Well, let no one say that we’ve been lazy this year.  It’s been NUTS.  To quote the great philosopher Mel Brooks, “Nuts!  N-V-T-S nuts!”  The first 8 months of this year have been spent doing business development, keeping our current customers happy, and juggling tastings of samples sent from Europe. Speaking of which, now that […]

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Loire & More

Angers' Medieval Castle

The Chateau in Angers (in warmer times) I’ve been swamped with work since I got back from France in late February, so this post is a tad late.  Apologies, as usual, and all that.  In any case, the rest of the trip went smashingly well.  Aside from a super nasty bug that sidelined me for […]

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Geektime in Angers

The Chateau with a sprinkling of snow Just when I thought I had geeked out enough on Organic or Biodynamic wines in Montpellier, here came the real geek shows in Angers, in the Loire Valley: La Renaissance des Terroirs, La Dive Bouteille, and the new Salon des Vignerons Bio (because another one is what’s really […]

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Meet Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz

  Jérome Bourgeois, winemaker Anyone who reads this blog knows I like Champagne. Heck, let’s be honest, I LOVE Champagne. I do like other bubblies (especially Cremants and Perlants, some Cavas and Proseccos too), but the French stuff is where it’s at for me. Maybe it’s genetic, who knows? So as someone who represents small, […]

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Meet Pascal Pibaleau

  Christine and Pascal Pibaleau I love this job. It isn’t easy, there’s lots of travel, I am constantly trying to show wholesalers why they should be picking up my wines, and I have to taste lots, and I do mean LOTS, of crappy wine. But the thing I love the most about this job […]

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It’s Showtime!

OK, nothing to do with wine, but how could I not use this pic? I mean, come on! It’s that time of the year again, when most of the major wine shows in France take place. Happily, many of them are in the South of France. As you can imagine, being in the warm south […]

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