We are going to stock The Wine Cellar with stories of interesting wines, wine related stories and the people behind them. Some may be the best of the best, others may be modest but enjoyable wines. But all will involve the people and places that make the wine what it is.
When we travel, the regional differences are what interest us. We are not wine experts. We are wine lovers just as we are food lovers. The enthusiasm and involvement the people show for what they do whether it is in the kitchen, the garden, the farm, the restaurant, the hotel or the vineyards and their winery is what draws us.
We find at even the best restaurants, the sommelier can usually be counted on to become enthusiastic when asked to recommend a good local wine. They seem to love to explore their own immediate region and easily can return many times to the same wine maker and develop a relationship. Seldom have we had a sommelier turn his or her nose up at us for not ordering a vintage bottle. But frequently we have had the sommelier offer to escort us to his favorite local wine maker on his day off.
Wine like food, is a product of the micro-climate, the soil, the variety, the year, the wine maker and many other factors. So when we eat food whose ingredients from the fish, chicken and meat to the the vegetables and fruit of a region, it makes sense to drink a wine that has also grown from the same soil and the same climate.
We are starting with a story which typifies the kind of wine experience we love best. M. Michel Lorain, the founder of the five star restaurant and hotel La Côte St. Jacques in Joigny, Burgundy has largely retired from his kitchens which he has left in the more than capable hands of his son Jean-Michel. On the hills above the hotel he has established plantings of red and white wines not typical of the region but which he feels are perfect for that soil and micro-climate.
We hope this sort of story give you as much pleasure as it gives us. Click below to select your dégustations.