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‘Drink Less, But Better’: Actor Sam Neill on Winemaking and What’s Next 

In this interview, Sam Neill discusses everything from shooting a film during the pandemic to his thoughts on natural wine. Though movie fans may know him for blockbusters like Jurassic Park or indie flicks like Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Sam Neill’s reputation in the wine world hangs on Pinot Noir. In 1993, he established Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago, New Zealand. Since then, the estate has earned accolades for vibrant, transparent Pinots produced from four distinct vineyards. We last chatted with Neill back in 2008. With Jurassic World: Dominion now on… Read More

Understand tasting notes: Tasting notes decoded

Don’t get caught out at tastings – use our handy glossary to understand tasting notes and talk about wine like an expert. Fruity Apricot Apricot is in the same spectrum as other stone fruits, such as peach, indicating a certain ripeness in the grapes, and used to describe white wines – although not as ripe as in hot climate wines, where the fruit descriptors become tropical, like pineapple and mango. Apricot is often associated with the grape Viognier, along with peach and blossom, found in the Rhône and increasingly in the New World. Richer Albariño, from North… Read More

The Six Regions Bringing Out the Best In German Wine 

Germany’s top six Grosse Lage, or ‘Grand Cru,’ regions are producing some of the country’s best dry wines. Here’s what to look for. In Germany, where wine preferences have long been swinging dry and drier still, the market is dominated by trocken, or dry wines made from Riesling, Pinot Noir(known as Spätburgunder), Pinot Gris (or Grauburgunder) and more. Among the very best are dry wines classified as Grosses Gewächs, or “great growths,” GG for short. They represent standout dry expressions of exemplary single vineyards known as Grosse Lage, Germany’s version of the grand… Read More

Pablo Chevrot, Of Les Aligoteurs, On Burgundy’s Other White Wine

Les Aligoteurs recognize and promote the important legacy of a lesser-known, lesser-grown Bourgogne grape: Aligoté.   Like everyone else making wine in Bourgogne (Burgundy) Chevrot and his brother Vincent of Domaine Chevrot grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These varieties represent over 90% of plantings in Bourgogne and are the region’s claim to international fame. But Chevrot and a number of other growers recognize and promote the important legacy of a lesser-known, lesser-grown Bourgogne grape: Aligoté. Les Aligoteurs Chevrot is the vice president of Les Aligoteurs, an association of Burgundian fans and growers… Read More

The Exceptional Experience Burgundy Wine Tasting – FEBRUARY 26, 2020

  Beverly Hills Wine Club   We’re thrilled to once again be invited to one of Beverly Hills most prestigious Burgundy wine tasting events! French Wine Lovers…YOU are in for a rare and delicious treat! Arrangements have been made to reserve a special seating for this fabulous tasting including Grand and Premier Cru wines from Château de Pommard! Seating is very limited.  Chateau Pommard events have sold out in other cities.     Founded in 1726 by Vivant Micault, secretary to King Louis XV, Château de Pommard remains one of the most iconic and visited wine… Read More