A New Touraine

What is it about the wines from the Touraine region of the Loire?  I find them lively and fresh, depending on the winemaker of course, but in general my palate seems to be really attracted to wines from this area.  First we had Pascal Pibaleau in Azay-le-Rideau, then Thierry Landry in Chinon and Laurent Herlin […]

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Our New Organic Chinon

I was at an Organic wine show in France one day and starving, so I sat down with my lunch at a table where two gentlemen were discussing business.  After a while, in between bites of a lovely open-faced toast of luscious rillettes, we began to talk, and I discovered that one of them was […]

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Summertime!

Summertime!

After a brutally long winter that never really seemed to want to let us go, summer has finally arrived in all its glory.  And, at least in the Northeast, glorious it is.  Warm but not too hot, with relatively low humidity so far, as of this writing (June 24th).  Let’s cross fingers and hope the […]

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Meet Laurent Herlin

Tsoin Tsoin

We don’t add too many winemakers that often, so when we do it’s something of a special event.  We try to keep the focus on quality and value, which is a tough job.  You can sometimes get one, sometimes the other, but rarely the two.  That Venn Diagram has a very tiny intersection, but that’s […]

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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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You’re invited: Loire Valley Wine Dinner!

The Loire Valley is home to tons of small wine producers making delicious, terroir-driven wines.  It’s also the home to eccentric, wild winemakers who are dedicated to making natural wines with the least amount of intervention as possible.   These are some of the most interesting and, best of all, affordable, wines around, really unique […]

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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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