The Dom of Dizy

Portugal MedalLong-distance relationships have to end at some point. Sure, there's the heady elation of those periodic visits, but that intense whirlwind lacks the poignant, deeply rooted and subtle intimacy that is the provenance of being together day-in, day-out, through good and bad vintages alike.
   Just ask Peter Liem, W&S senior correspondent and critic for the wines of Alsace, Austria, Germany and the Loire: In 2006, Liem traded the excitement of New York for the rural calm of Dizy–a village situated in Champagne's Grande Vallée de la Marne–where he's spent the last three years getting to the heart of the world's premier sparkling wine. Liem's perspective as a resident journalist and aficionado is the source and inspiration for his newly launched website, ChampagneGuide.net. It's an incisive, unrivaled guide to the region's foremost producers and small grower estates, coupled with an extensive database of tasting notes featuring reviews for over 600 current-release Champagnes.
   Liem plans frequent updates to the website, with the goal of creating a dynamic forum. Access is by subscription, with a full-year's membership priced at US$89. Visit ChampagneGuide.net for more information.
—Christine Leddy