Cellar Notes

Vilarnau Cava

Cava. Are you curious about it? So am I. Cava is sparkling wine made in Spain. It is made using the same method as in Champagne (the second fermentation takes place in the bottle), but using mostly indigenous Spanish grape varieties. I’m a sucker for indigenous varieties, so I was curious to give Cava a taste and to dig into […]

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Windrun Pinot Noir

As wine drinkers our connections to wine come in many forms. Sometimes we connect with the scenic beauty of a wine region, a winery location or simply the label on a bottle of wine. Other times our connection is more personal; it can be the winemaker, the person pouring that wine for you in a tasting room or the friend […]

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Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem

Our cellar note today reacquaints us with an old friend. Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem is a wine we have tasted before. Then, as now, we received this hidden gem as a tasting sample. Our review of the 2013 vintage provides background on the esteemed producer, Maison M. Chapoutier, and a bit about the wine region as well. Today we can skip […]

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Au Contraire and Heritance Wines

The expression au contraire takes me back to high school French. I remember my friends and I saying to one another with a laugh, “Au contraire, mon ami!” We thought we were so clever. As I read an email recently inviting us to receive tasting samples of Au Contraire and Heritance wines my thoughts drifted briefly to French class and […]

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Barrel Road Red Blend

Today’s tasting note brings you something a bit different. Red wine aged in American oak barrels first used to age bourbon. This is only our second taste of wine aged this way, but I have noticed more wineries using this aging technique. I wonder if it will be a passing fad or if it will catch on. We received this […]

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A Taste of Domaines Paul Mas

Our Cellar Note for today takes us to the sunny, southern French region of Languedoc for a small taste of wine from a large portfolio of wines produced by Domaines Paul Mas. Who couldn’t use a little ray of sunshine in winter? We received all three wines as tasting samples. Domaines Paul Mas produces a broad portfolio of wines in […]

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Rhône Reds from Ferraton Père & Fils

Today’s Cellar Note takes us to the the Rhône Valley in France and a taste of two wines from Ferraton Père & Fils, both of which we received as tasting samples. These wines are part of the négociant range of wines produced by Ferraton Père & Fils, which was founded in 1946 by Jean Orëns Ferraton. Ferraton has been owned […]