Wine Travels and Reviews

December 29, 2015

It's that sparkling time of year again.

Whether you are planning to drink Champagne, Prosecco, Crémant de Bourgogne, Franciacorta or any of the many bubbly wines that are available today in the U.S., here are a few tips on how to serve and enjoy the wine.


A few generations ago, it was popular to serve sparkling wine in a "coupe," the kind of glass you only see now in old movies.

In the 80s and 90s, the flute took over as the vessel of choice. The idea was that the narrow aperture of the glass would concentrate the bubbles and aromas of the wine.

But today, more and more wine professionals and consumers are finding that the wines show better in...

December 22, 2015

Happy holidays from the Boulder Wine Merchant!

And thank you for all your support in 2015!

It's been a very exciting year for us and we have a lot to look forward to in 2016.

In the meantime, we hope you are drinking something great this Christmas eve and New Year's (look out for a Sparkling Wine 101 post early next week).

Happy holidays and merry Christmas to all!

December 18, 2015

You can imagine how thrilled we were to learn last week that a wine poured at the 2015 Boulder Burgundy Festival — at a guided tasting and at the Saturday night dinner — was included in Eric Asimov’s “top wines for 2015” column in the New York Times dining section last week, “A Top 10 Wine List So Good, It Takes 12 Bottles to Hold It.”

Here’s what Eric (one of our favorite wine writers and the nicest guy, btw) had to say about the 2001 Corton-Charlemagne by Bonneau du Martray:

“This bottle of Corton Charlemagne, from the excellent Bonneau du Martray, and from the unexceptional 2001...

December 11, 2015

Every year during the holiday season, we turn to sparkling as one of the top choices for the wines we will drink, serve, and gift to loved ones, friends, colleagues and clients.

Champagne and Prosecco — which represent the most and least expensive entries among those most popular — are the most recognizable and ubiquitous categories of sparkling wine in the United States. 

But today we have more sparkling wine available to us than ever before: Cava from Spain, Franciacorta from Italy, Sekt from German-speaking countries, Crémant from France, just to name a few. And in recent years, countless appellations have thrown their hat into the ring of sparkling wine. Even in Puglia, in southernmost...

December 4, 2015

This is the time of year when grape growers make rooted cuttings from their vineyards.

In the photo below, you can see a bunch of cuttings...

November 24, 2015

As the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve holidays approach, a lot of Americans will embark on a once-a-year mission to buy fine wine.


November 20, 2015

Like many middle-aged wine writers who came of “wine age” during the early 2000s, I subscribed to the notion that oakiness in wine was a bad thing.

November 13, 2015

Food and Wine magazine’s executive wine editor Ray Isle (one of the featured speakers at this year’s festival) joked on the evening of the gathering’s cornerstone event, the Saturday night dinner with Jean-Charles le Bault of Domaine Bonneau du Martray.

November 6, 2015

As in years past, the cornerstone event of this year's Boulder Burgundy Festival was the seminar and vertical tasting on Sunday morning.

This year the event featured a flight of Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne and the domaine's legacy winemaker Jean-Charles le Bault.

That's Jean-Charles (below, far right), with Burgundy authority and importer Paul Wasserman (second from right), Food & Wine executive wine editor Ray Isle (second from left), and Jeremy Parzen (far left), the festival's blogger and moderator for the panel.

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November 3, 2015

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015 - 5:30PM...