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Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology of WINE

It’s March Madness – a great time of year if you’re a hoops fan. There are many parallels you can draw between college basketball and wine such as blending, strategy, scandals and cheating, steroids, marketing, and sales. In the spirit of Joe Lunardi, the ubiquitous name when discerning the field of 65 to 68 teams, […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Jean Marc Crochet Sancerre 2010, France

Long live Sauvignon Blanc. It’s grown all over the world and it takes on many different styles, but one thing is for sure – if you’re looking for fresh, crisp, clean, and appetizing wines, Sancerre is a solid go-to appellation. Deep in the heart of the Loire River Valley in France, Sauvignon Blanc reigns supreme […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Willm Pinot Blanc Reserve 2011, Alsace, France

Pinot Blanc is at home in Alsace in eastern France, where the cool air from the Black Forest, Vosges Mountains, and Rhine River help moderate the temperatures in this sub-Alpine area. The soil is a mix of limestone, sand, and salt, and the grapevines grow deep into the bedrock to capture water trapped within the […]

Get to Know Your Grapes: Cabernet Franc

From the north fork of Long Island to the shores of the Gironde in Bordeaux to the arid heights of Sicily, Cabernet Franc always

Cab Franc takin' in the summer heat in the North Fork

hides in the shadow of its cousin, Cabernet Sauvignon. There are only a handful of places where Cabernet Franc […]

Wine for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Jocelyne Massicot Pouilly Fumé 2009, Loire Valley – France

Pouilly Fumé is an appellations in the Loire Valley in northwestern France that specailizes in white wines based on the

Kiwi fruits laced with graphite and chalk

grape, Sauvignon Blanc. It is often overshadowed by the similary-sounding, Pouilly Fuissé, which is a completely different appellation located further east in Burgundy that is best known […]