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Read all the fun stories behind Beaujolais nouveau in my article on Grape Collective: “GEORGES DUBOEUF AND THE STORY BEHIND THE WORLD'S BIGGEST WINE PARTY, BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU DAY”
Why wait until Friday to kick off your fabulous weekend, especially when it’s the third Thursday of November? Today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day!! So get your Gamay Grape on and have fun celebrating the new wine of the 2018 harvest.
This year, Les Vins Georges Duboeuf releases its first ever nouveau rosé in the United States. The wine is a beautiful, rose-petal pink color and has vibrant aromas of strawberry and peach, along with citrusy notes of grapefruit and lemon. This dry, mouth-watering rosé offers plenty of fresh fruit flavors with a refreshing, lingering finish. Serve as an aperitif, or with a wide range of food: salads, cheeses, seafood, even the Thanksgiving turkey!
South African Andre Shearer was a teetotaling, vegetarian male model who knew nothing about wine when he stumbled into the business with his brother Gary back in 1992. Today their company, Cape Classics, is the largest importer of South African wine in the United States.
Andre and I sat down to chat about this amazing journey and his continuing frustration from the lack of consumer interest in South African wine. He says that most of the time, “When people walk into a wine shop they are not looking for South Africa. If you hand sell them some, they’ll come back next week and say, ‘That wine was amazing,’ but if you don’t, they’ll look for Burgundy, Australia, New Zealand, Oregon, Portugal and so on. South Africa just doesn’t quite make it.” But as a tireless promoter of the many excellent South African wines, Andre believes that the future is looking bright.
Read the full interview with many entertaining stories of life in the wine importing business on Grape Collective.
Portugal's Duoro Valley, famous for its Port wine, is a unique mountainside region with spectacular terraced vineyards carved into steep hillsides. The Symington Family, a renowned Port and red table wine producer with brands such as Dow's, Cockburn's, Graham's, and Warre's, can trace its history back 14 generations. Over the years, the company has acquired many of the finest quintas (estates) in the heart of the Duoro Valley where the combination of climate, soils, and grape varieties produce distinctive wines of great concentration.
Rupert Symington co-owner of Symington Family Estates in Duoro, Portugal, stopped by for a chat during a recent visit to New York City. Laden with some pretty awesome wine, Rupert shared his love of Port and his thoughts on keeping Port relevant in a crowded marketplace.
To read the full interview, please visit Grape Collective. Thank you!
Interesting things happen when people band together over a shared passion, especially when they’re on a mission to break tradition. In Champagne, the two year old Meunier Institute, created by a group of nine progressive winemakers, is trying to shake things up. They are tirelessly promoting the Pinot Meunier grape which usually plays a supporting role to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in traditional Champagne blends. The members of the Institute believe that Meunier has what it takes to play the leading part.
Read more about this versatile grape at GrapeCollective.com where I interviewed one of the Institute's members, Fanny Heucq of Champagne Heucq Père et Fils.
A few years ago, on a cold winter morning in Manhattan, a man walked into the wine shop l was working at and introduced himself as the producer of one of my favorite Loire Valley wines, Pascal Jolivet. It was great to finally put the face behind a bottle I had been selling (with pleasure!) for years. We got to chatting about wine and travel and life in general. l then mentioned to him that my colleague James, who had the day off that day, was soon getting married at a beautiful château in the Loire Valley to a French woman he had met while on vacation the year before. By the end of our conversation, Pascal had offered to send six magnums of his delicious white Sancerre as a wedding gift to James and his bride-to-be. Don’t you just love when serendipitous things like that happen?
l caught up with Pascal recently by email to talk about life (again!) and his natural approach to winemaking. Read the full article and interview at Grape Collective.