Tag: Gamay


The Magic When the New World Meets the Old

I have been a little silly over a certain wine that is definitely a product of New World fruit –  Willamette Valley, Oregon to be precise – but has a certain Old World sensibility. The result is one sexy wine that keeps me coming back for more.

So what is it about the wine? It is an authentic reflection of its cool climate and proudly so. The wine pops with juicy cherry fruit and violet mingle with earth and exquisite minerality. What’s also intriguing is that it’s a red wine that is only 12.5% alcohol, which is not the norm ...

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Winter has Arrived – Gamay to the Rescue!

[Note to my readers: I wrote this post a few days ago when Spring was on the wane.]

It has been been winter in the Callen household in two ways. First, the summer solstice is on its way and so San Francisco has turned bone chilling. Second, sweet Cleo, my husband’s assistance dog has taken ill and seems to be dying. Sadness all around. I even lost interest in food and wine!

Then, the tide turns. Well, not exactly but I move into a state of acceptance; cherishing the time I have left to hug my precious pup. Dogs teach ...

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Week 3: I’m Batman! (And yes, this is the obligatory Thanksgiving post.)

Jean Foillard Morgon “Cote du Py” 2011

There is something no-nonsense and straightforward about Foillard’s wine. It seems to say, let’s cut straight to deliciousness. Deliciousness with class. It has a wonderful texture going down. The finesse from start to finish seems almost offhanded. – Kermit Lynch

I am Batman! Here to save you from the uninspired Thanksgiving wine Beaujolais Nouveau (BN). A product of exceptional marketing, it is found on the tables at almost every feast on that holiday. Fine and dandy but you deserve something more thrilling.

I have a story to tell first: I was in Paris ...

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