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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Harvest at Tre Monti in Emilia-Romagna

 The harvest is in full swing at Tre Monti in Imola.  Check out the pictures of these grapes!

Albana di Romagna.  The golden wine.

Sangiovese di Romagna

Do I spy an amphora?

That is definitely clay pot cooking!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

An Afternoon with Nicolas Joly . . .

An Afternoon with Nicolas Joly

Beaune Imports newest acquisition for California.  Check out my friend Allison Levine's blog posting about her visit to see him at his estate in the Loire.  The wines are arriving later this year.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Interview of me by Eric Guy of Protocol Wine Studio and True Wine Culture podcast . . .

This is a good way to get to know about how I got started in the business and how my business works and will give you a good idea of what I do exactly.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

2002 Comte Armand Pommard Clos des Epeneaux

Tasting pretty fantastic right now.  Very dark with lots of mint and root beer in the nose.  Clean and lively on the palate but pretty weighty.  Excellent.

The real rose` season is upon us!

It is boiling out there and the best thing I can think of to cool down is to drink lots of Italian Rosato by the pool.

I have just a few cases left of the following:

Favaro 2013 ROSACHEROSANONSEI Rosato (VdT) 180/15

90% Nebbiolo, 10% Syrah Hand-harvested grapes are fermented at cool temperatures and aged in stainless steel tanks for four months. This wines has great acidity and nice tension that backs up a fullish rosato with nice mineral notes. Aromatics are floral with strawberry and raspberry flavors seasoned with mint.

or the

This is a picture of 2012 vintage.  The 2013 is even better!

Cirelli  2013 Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo DOC 144/12

The Cirelli Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo 2013 is tasting great right now.  Lots of cherry fruit and acidity and a little bit of that salty terroir thing going on, too.  It is also a critter wine, notice the beautiful butterfly, which I am sure is recognizable to all as the sign of freedom and transformation (okay, I am reaching here . . .) but whatever.  The wine is good.

The grapes for this wine were grown specifically to be direct press rose` and that has some advantages.  Lower alcohol and higher acidity would be the most obvious.  And now that the weather is getting really hot, and our rose` season is finally upon us, this is a great wine for those hot days.

Ask for them from your local retailer or email me and I can tell you the best way to get them to your door..



Saturday, September 13, 2014

Trebbiano grapes from Tre Monti . . .

Trebbiano grapes from Tre Monti in Emilia Romagna. Just about to be harvested tomorrow. Vittorio Navacchia says that although so far it has been a rough lead up to harvest, they have worked so hard in the vineyards that it looks like they are going to get most of their grapes in sound condition and ripe. In bocca al lupo per la vendemmia!

Vigna Rio Trebbiano

Vigna Rio

Lunch with Francesca Vaira at Terroni DTLA . . . best lunch ever!

Francesca Vaira  2010 Langhe Freisa Kye` Library  2006 Langhe Freisa Kye` Library 2014 Luigi Ba...