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Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rosé 2013, Sancerre France

The weather is finally turning and that means it’s time to indulge in lighter wines – a better fit for the season and the spring bounty of fresh

Pascal Jolivet's 2013 Sancerre Rosé

produce.  Many folks turn to white wines and rosé wines throughout the spring and summer for this reason.  For something different in the realm of rosé wines, check out Pascal Jolivet’s Sancerre Rosé 2013 from France.  Sancerre is better known for white wines produced from Sauvignon Blanc, but some producers make reds and rosé from Pinot Noir as well.  While these wines lack the power and depth of Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy further east, they still show all the hallmarks of rich raspberry fruits and earthy mushroom flavors that are typically associated with Pinot Noir.  Even rarer are rosé wines produced from Pinot Noir in Sancerre.  Pascal Jolivet is one of the leading producers in Sancerre, offering a dizzying array of whites, reds, and rosé wines.  His latest rosé bottling from the 2013 vintage is stellar with ultra fresh aromas of strawberries, rose pedals, and herbs.  On the palate the wine is strikingly zippy with cherry notes and biting acidity – a true gem that’s ideal for the warmer spring season.  It’s a perfect wine for meats and cheeses and lighter salads and soups.

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The Tutelage of Angelo Gaja

Angelo Gaja and the author

At a recent tasting in New York City, a group wine buyers, writers, and sommeliers gathered to participate in a unique wine tasting and lecture moderated by one of Italy’s most important wine pioneers, Angelo Gaja.  Outside the Central Park Suite at Jumeirah Essex, spring still clinged to the chill of [...]

From Hopeless Zero to Wine Hero: 5 Tips for Ordering Wine on a First Date

Having the duty of simultaneously being your jovial self and also choosing the wine is cumbersome.  We’ve all been there.  Luckily, there are some easy outs if you’re in this position.  Check here to read it all about it on vinepair.com’s wine blog, as written by WFTS founder and author, Dan Amatuzzi.

Not Just Red Wine Country – Bordeaux Produces The Bubbly

Cuvee de l'Abbaye is produced entirely from Semillon, one of the most important and unique grapes of southwestern France

Bordeaux is unequivocally famous for red wines, but low and behold there are other types of wine produced within the Bordeaux appellation, including sparkling wines. While not as complex as their counterparts from Champagne, sparkling wines [...]