Sunday, January 31, 2010

Giuseppe Vaira of G.D. Vajra at Elvino Thursday Night Tasting


We have the pleasure of welcoming back to Elvino Giuseppe Vajra, scion of the famous G.D. Vajra winery of Piemonte, Italy

From Justin Gallen of Rinascimento Wine Company: The estate of GD Vajra (named for its current operator Aldo Vajra's grandfather, Giuseppe Domenico), is situated in Vergne, the highest village in the Commune of Barolo. Its vineyards are planted with Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera at heights of 350-400 meters, which results in distinctive and aromatic wines. The Vajra family is a group of dedicated, passionate winegrowers, who are also grounded and sensitive to the human role in winemaking. Their philosophy remains faithful to the traditional and authentic wines of Piemonte, and in essence they regard themselves as the instruments that enable nature and the environment full self-expression through their wines.

-Organically Grown-

Taste five wines with the winemaker,
and enjoy fresh baked bread, cheeses and charcuterie provided by
Market Gourmet.

6pm to 9pm Thursday, February 4th

$25.00 per person (An Incredible Value!)

2007 Langhe Bianco DOC (Riesling) $45.00

2008 Dolcetto D'Alba DOC $23.00

2006 Langhe Kyè DOC (Freisa) $45.00

2004 Barolo, Bricco Delle Viole DOCG $75.00

2005 Barolo, Bricco Delle Viole DOCG $75.00

No Reservations Required

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lunch at Bordelet . . .


And he even cooked us a duck! - Michael Sullivan



Including an homage to his friend and mentor Didier Dagueneau, without whose constant encouragement and a more than occasional kick in the pants, Eric would not be where he is today...that is the greatest cider maker in the world. - Michael Sullivan




with Eric Bordelet in Normandy . . .


Today was the semi-annual pilgrimage up to see our dear friend Eric Bordelet on the southern edge of Normandy. Soon we'll be able to call him Johnny Pearseed as he will begin planting a nursery of ancient varieties on their own roots. As he uses fruit from trees that are 150-300 years old, many of the varieties have no name that he is able to find so he has collected the seeds from the interesting fruit, named them, and in 100 years we'll be able to see the results of his efforts. Yes, that's the California flag that flies in front of his house... - Michael Sullivan









Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Beaune 2010 Trip photos . . .

The temp is pretty cold in France this part of the year.

Some vineyards from Mas de Daumas Gassac.

C. Scott Puckett outside of Mas de Brousses in Languedoc.
Terrasses du Larzac old vines. Look at the rocks in the soil.

So Michael Sullivan is off on his annual buying trip with C. Scott Puckett from Northern California and Chuck Morris of Southern California. They are spending a few weeks shadowing Michael as he goes to see all of his producers and tastes the new vintages and places his orders for last years vintage. I went on this trip last year and sent back a whole bunch of photos and this time, because of the babies, I wasn't able to go. :-(

So what you are going to see are lots of photos from Michael with minimal commentary.

Hope you enjoy.


Harvest 2017 at Praesidium in the Abruzzo . . . captions by Antonia Pasquale

6th October 2017 Cases ready for hosting the grapes still on the vines - the Sirente chain of mountains on the bottom  Grapes in the c...