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Noel Blanc 2019: An Ode to La Loire

January 14th 2020

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This years’ Noel Blanc, an annual extravaganza of the great white wines of France, was the result of the purchase of a single magnum of 2002 Henri Bourgeois Sancerre La Bourgeoise at the Domaine in Chavignol in 2005. On December 14, a group collectively known as the HKG Wine Geeks, gathered at Hip Cellars’ Another Place to celebrate the breadth and depth of the white wines from the Loire Valley through its appellations, producers and certainly vintages. Our inimitable host, KP, presented the group with six well curated flights of whites from the Loire Valley.

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Travel Tips | The Best of Burgundy

December 4th 2019

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Burgundian wines are without doubt some of the most beautiful in the world. The scenery of the vineyards is, however, not quite so majestic. Apart from the line of forest-topped vineyard clad hills that forms the backbone of the Côte d’Or, it’s a fairly flat landscape that runs over 200 kilometres from the top of Chablis to the bottom of Mâcon. The magic is in the bottle and in the incredible winemaking families that live and work in Burgundy. Thanks to the monks who farmed there, wine has been produced consistently since the 13th century. If you are able to…

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Burgundy 2018 |First Thoughts

November 29th 2019

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There are so many reasons why I love Burgundy. One of its most endearing qualities is the honesty of the growers in the Côte d’Or. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and will openly tell you about the stresses and strains of the growing season. This was very much the case in 2018. Following three intensive weeks of tasting both reds and whites, I forgot how many times I heard:“It was a year of extremes. I won’t lie I had my worries, but 12 months on, the wines have grown up and truly blossomed…”

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Tasting Burgundy 2018 | Coffinet-Duvernay, JM Boillot, Comte Armand, Courcel, Bize & Bouley

November 15th 2019

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Day three of our Burgundy tasting trip had much to compete with coming after the previous blow-out day of tasting exceptional wines in the Côtes de Nuits. Luckily, it did not disappoint. Although the weather was not on our side and rained the entire day it didn’t stop the wines from expressing themselves and allowing us to get an even better idea of this great vintage.

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