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Wine Country Eats: Chablis

Wine Country Eats: Chablis


Posted on Mar 27, 2024

Chablis France wine bar

A wine and food pairing paradise.

For such a small village, Chablis definitely isn’t short of excellent places to eat. I guess we should expect that from a country with such a renown gastronomic scene. We spent a magical few days there last October which was both a blessing, but also slightly frustrating. A blessing in that we barely saw any other tourists and enjoyed winery visits that were both relaxed and private. A curse in that we missed out on *two highly recommended restaurants due to the owners taking a well-earned holiday after dealing with said tourists! Nonetheless, we discovered three spots that we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend for anyone visiting Chablis, and now have even more reason to return to see if the ones we missed will live up to the hype. Based on our favourites below, we have no doubt they will.

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Résonance Wines: Hitting its Stride

Résonance Wines: Hitting its Stride


Posted on Mar 20, 2024

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Winemaker Guillaume Large.

It was 2019 when we discovered Résonance Wines, the Oregon outpost of Burgundy powerhouse, Maison Louis Jadot. We were preparing to do a series of articles on Willamette Valley wineries that had Burgundian roots. Our research uncovered the relatively little-known winery located in Yamhill-Carlton that has rapidly become one of the most talked about in Oregon.

That conversation has been uniformly filled with praise and the scores of their wines from the major publications have echoed our own: excellence across the board.

Willamette Valley winery

Always a great visit at Résonance Wines.

Since that first meeting, we have made it a point to stop in at Résonance each time we go to the Willamette Valley; either to interview their very talented winemaker, Guillaume Large, or to at least stop by one of their tasting rooms, enjoy a glass, and of course, buy a few bottles.

With this year’s visit we have seen a continuation of the innovations and the acquisitions as well as the development of their wines as the vineyards have moved into a more mature phase. Like their wines, this story just keeps getting better with time.

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Burgundy wine region

Which way to Auxerre…?

In the picturesque Auxerre region of Burgundy lies a hidden marvel that beckons wine enthusiasts seeking a truly fascinating experience. Les Caves Bailly Lapierre, situated above the charming town of St-Bris-le-Vineux, crafts its exceptional sparkling wines in an extraordinary subterranean setting—an ancient quarry that imparts unique natural conditions to the winemaking process.

Established in 1972, Les Caves Bailly Lapierre is a collaborative effort of 71 dedicated winegrowers who proudly showcase their specialty, Crémant de Bourgogne, along with a selection of other wines. The heart of this winemaking haven lies deep within the stone, where the historic wine caves cradle the creation of their renown crémants.

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How to Support the BC Wine Industry

How to Support the BC Wine Industry


Posted on Mar 12, 2024

Support BC Wine

BC’s wine industry has faced significant challenges in recent years, including the global pandemic, back-to-back record winter deep freezes, and annual wildfires. These events have impacted grape yields, production, and the overall viability of wineries across the region. Consumers can play a crucial role in supporting the BC wine industry during these challenging times. Our latest article for the Daily Hive HERE explains how.

 

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Elentone: Rising to the Challenge

Elentone: Rising to the Challenge


Posted on Mar 6, 2024

Miguele (Miggy) de Quadros-Sherry & Chris Sherry [Source: Elentone]

Many of the winemakers we’ve encountered would likely agree that making wine for a living requires a touch of madness. Chris Sherry & Miguele (Miggy) de Quadros-Sherry take it a step further, as some might deem them downright certifiable for attempting to produce sparkling wine in a region known for its warm climate and still wines. However, those who achieve success often diverge from the usual path, and based on the wines we sampled at Elentone, Chris and Miggy are demonstrating that their daring approach will lead them to great success.

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Support BC Wine!

BC’s wine industry has long been celebrated for its quality and innovation, but recent years have brought unprecedented challenges. Like the rest of the hospitality industry, BC wineries suffered immeasurable losses due to the global pandemic and have yet to see a return to pre-COVID tourism levels. The 2023 vintage was marked by exceptional weather conditions, leading to a mixed bag of outcomes for winemakers across the region. Now, as the industry looks ahead to the 2024 season, it faces a new and daunting obstacle: a winter deep freeze that is expected to result in no grapes being harvested in the Okanagan Valley.

Our latest article for The Daily Hive HERE takes a deeper dive into the current challenges and what options are available for wineries moving forward.

 

 

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Wade ‘n Sea

We recently felt like a getaway, an opportunity to drive somewhere, not too far away, but to somewhere that would give us a few days to rest and recharge our batteries. We took a chance and rented Wade ‘n Sea, a 3-bedroom house in the tiny seaside town of Seabrook, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. On this particular AdVINEture we were joined by good friends of ours and their beautiful border collie, Jack.

We all agreed that our gamble definitely paid off.

Seabrook is right on the Pacific Ocean, sitting on a bluff overlooking the surf pounded beach that stretches up and down the coast.

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Domaine Servin should be on every Chablis-lover’s radar screen. It’s one of the oldest wineries in in the region, it has one of the largest vineyard holdings, and it makes damn fine wines.

chablis winery

Marc Cameron.

The Servin family has roots in Chablis going back to the 1600s. Over the decades the family and its various members have been involved in winemaking, vineyard work, and even barrel cooperage. Today the Domaine is in the hands of François Servin, a direct descendant of those original pioneers of viticulture in this area. François is capably assisted by Marc Cameron, the Domaine’s export manager. Marc moved to Chablis from his native Australia, to work with Servin almost 27 years ago. Marc was our host for the afternoon we spent at Servin, tasing and learning more about the winery’s history.

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