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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 […]

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 […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Garaudet Monthelie “Cuvee Paul” 2005, Burgundy, France

Burgundy remains one of the premier winemaking zones in the world. It’s a unique landscape, and it’s proven itself to be the place to make great Pinot Noir wines. There is also such a great diversity from vineyard to vineyard and from producer to producer that it takes a lifetime, and then some, to ever […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Chateau Ollieux Romanis Corbieres Cuvee Classique 2008

There are so many appellations in France that many wines often go unnoticed, unexplored, and undiscovered. Consequently, there are so many gems out there just waiting to be had, and Chateau Ollieux Romanis’s Corbieres 2008 is no exception.

Chateau Ollieux Romanis Corbieres Cuvee Classique 2008; gunsmoke, toffee, powerful

The Languedoc in southern France is […]