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Domaine Rolet 2008 Crémant du Jura Blanc Brut (Wine Review)

Rolet makes a range of crémants, this one about two-thirds chardonnay, the balance from poulsard and pinot noir. It remained on the lees for 40 months, developing aromas of toasted nuts and cinnamon. Chalky mineral acidity frames the wine’s juicy flavors of white peach and tangerine, enlivened by...Read Full Story

Thanksgiving: What We’re Drinking | Stephanie Johnson (News & Features)

You know the saying, “Too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth.” But what about too many sommeliers? The W&S staff plays sommelier at our respective Thanksgiving feasts, a role often complicated by family traditions—some loved, some eagerly forgotten. Or by the food—a...Read Full Story

Ostertag 2012 Alsace Heissenberg Riesling (Wine Review)

The Heissenberg or "hot mountain" vineyard lies in the upper Bas-Rhin area of Alsace, on a south-facing slope with pink sandstone and gneiss soils that André Ostertag has farmed biodynamically since 1997. It tends to produce wines that are fleshy and exotic, like this 2012. Fresh, ripe peach and apricot flavors...Read Full Story

Jura Wine with Local Food and Travel Tips (Book Review)

Wink Lorch, founder of Wine Travel Guides and a frequent visitor to the Jura for 12 years, has collected her observatons into the first English-language book about the region. It’s a welcome volume for Jura fans and a must-read for anyone interested in learning about the wines of this...Read Full Story

Jacques Puffeney 2010 Arbois Savagnin (Wine Review)

Jacques Puffeney, known locally as "the pope of Arbois," has made Jura wine for more than 50 vintages. His estate comprises 18.5 acres, about one third dedicated to savagnin. Puffeney works traditionally, aging this wine in barrel sous voile for at least two years, where it develops the aromas of green...Read Full Story

Value Brands of the Year 2014 (News & Features)

Atlantic Seafood {image_1}Sea Cliff is one square mile of hills above Hempstead Harbor, a small inlet opening onto Long Island Sound and the Atlantic. When I lived there as a kid, the beach was the afterschool playground: If it was low tide, the sand was riddled with pockmarks...Read Full Story

California's New Wave Hits The East Coast (News & Features)

You could sense change in the air when Paul Grieco hosted Terroir Wine Bar’s first-ever California wine event in January—a sold-out tasting with Jon Bonné, wine editor for the San Francisco Chronicle and author of the recently released book The New California Wine. “Up until...Read Full Story

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