France · Loire Valley · Paris

I Have Strong Opinions About Sauvignon Blanc

People often ask me: “How do you think of a story?” Much of the time, I pitch stories based on wines or winemakers that have amazed me, or places I’ve visited where I see an interesting trend happening. But in the case of my most recent piece, a sort-of manifesto about Sauvignon Blanc (and why… Continue reading I Have Strong Opinions About Sauvignon Blanc

France · Loire Valley · Natural Wine · Vineyards

Alexandre Bain And The Fight For Pouilly-Fumé: A vigneron literally stands his ground

Alexandre Bain makes controversial wines. Often, people think his wines are “orange,” meaning that their amber-brown hue is derived from the Sauvignon Blanc grape juice staying in contact with their skins—but in fact, the hue is from botrytized grapes, and an oxidative winemaking process, both of which are extremely uncommon for the region of Pouilly-Fumé,… Continue reading Alexandre Bain And The Fight For Pouilly-Fumé: A vigneron literally stands his ground

Champagne · Loire Valley · Natural Wine

A Very Special, Soul-Lifting Week In France

Something that’s kept me going through this extremely disheartening and terrifying political situation we’ve found ourselves in, over the past few months, has been the knowledge that I had an upcoming trip to France. France, of course, has its own challenges and is now also in the midst of a corruption-inflected election cycle—but exploring the wine regions… Continue reading A Very Special, Soul-Lifting Week In France

France · Loire Valley · Natural Wine · Travel

Loire Valley Trip Report

I’m writing from Paris, after a week in the Loire Valley and before that, a week in Alsace (which informed last week’s Vine Pair column on Riesling, Gewurtraminer, and Pinot Gris from Alsace; read here). I’m still coming down from the sleep-deprived, adrenaline-fueled high of visiting producers across the Loire Valley whose wines I first… Continue reading Loire Valley Trip Report