Located in a clearing in the middle of a Graves (Bordeaux) forest, Domaine de Chevalier leverages the towering trees to protect the vines from extremes of temperature. It feels like a secret garden, and produces wines that are equally as magical.
Burgundy is likely the most prestigious wine growing region in the world. It is home to the most expensive bottle of wine (Domaine Romanee-Conti sells for $15,000/bottle) and has vineyard management and vinification traditions that are thousands of years in the making. Unlike any other region in the world, Burgundy focuses on one thing: terroir.
Looking for a memorable gift for an anniversary, birthday or other special occasion? Giving the gift of a special wine bottle can create wonderful, lasting memories. Here are lists of our most popular years, but you can find other vintages by searching for your specific anniversary year in the search box above.
Kosta Browne is known for their intensely-flavored and balanced wines from the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast and Santa Lucia Highlands appellations. Founders Dan Kosta and Michael Browne were friends working together at John Ash & Co restaurant in Santa Rosa when they pooled their tips and made their first barrel of Pinot Noir. A couple years later, a business plan and some capital injections from angel investors and a new partner, Chris Costello, and the Kosta Browne business really started to take off.
Large formats are fun to serve at events. Not only is the size impressive, but it holds some extra significance when everyone is drinking from a single bottle. And if you are looking for an older vintage, large formats age more gracefully than smaller formats.
Chateau Angelus, which has been making wine in St-Emilion for almost 250 years, is still considered "new" for that appellation. It was founded by, and has always been run by, the de Bouard family. The name "Angelus" means the ringing of bells to commemorate a catholic devotion, and the workers in the Chateau Angelus vineyards can hear the bells ringing from three nearby churches...thus how the winery got its name. Although the quality of the wine has had some rough years, the quality of the terroir is one of the best in St-Emilion.
Domaine de Cambes is another label by Francois Mitjavile, produced at the Roc de Cambes facility, but Mitjavile insists this is not a second wine.
Tertre Roteboeuf was unknown 20 years ago, but since then it has become a cult wine producer in St. Emilion and the price of Tertre Roteboeuf has gone up significantly. Owned and operated by Francois Mitjavile since 1978, Tertre Roteboeuf is from a 5.7-hectare vineyard of 85% merlot and 15% cabernet franc grapes on an 18th-century estate that Mitjavile inherited from his father-in-law.
Chablis, not the ultra-sweet, low-quality box wine in America, but the centuries-old region in France, is unique in its offering and its history. Producing wine in Chablis is not for the feint of heart, and the unique product make it an interesting buy...here's why:
Forty years ago Napa and Sonoma winemakers were just a bunch of unknown farmers to most of America and the rest of the world. If you wanted a good bottle of wine, you would typically choose something French off the restaurant wine list. Then, in one Time Magazine article that highlighted Napa Valley vintners as winners in a prestigious, blind tasting in Paris, France, California wine was instantly on the world map and demand has been growing steeply ever since.