Bring the whole family to the Sustainable Food & Farm Expo 2014 on Sunday, March 9, 2014, from 10 am – 4 pm, at Audubon Greenwich. Learn about our rich and diverse sustainable food community; engage with organic farmers and chefs, homesteading experts, artisan food producers and retailers at the marketplace; and attend sustainable food talks and tasting workshops.
Allô Alsace! When Americans think about French wine, Bordeaux comes to most minds. For others, it’s Burgundy. And, of course, nothing could be more French than Champagne. It seems like the cool, northeasterly region nestled between the Vosges Mountains and Germany known as Alsace is oft overlooked. But Alsace has exceptional wines, especially if you’re a lover of whites, and deserves its due attention.
The perfect glass of Champagne starts with selecting a boutique, single-vineyard Champagne from a sustainable, family-owned estate. Henri’s Reserve expertly curates Champagnes that reflect the terroir of France’s finest private vineyards, the artistry of the winemakers and the legacies of the families behind them. The uniqueness and outstanding quality of these “boutique” Champagnes -both grown and made on organic and biodynamic estates – have made them the darlings of sommeliers and the world’s toughest wine critics.
The wine was Jean-François Ganevat Crémant du Jura “La Combe” Rotalier, a sparkling wine from the fascinating wine region of Jura in eastern France. Jura, from which the term Jurassic comes, has topography similar to that found millions of years ago with the key soil types being limestone and marlstone. I was incredibly pleased with the wine.
Certain people are challenging to buy gifts for because they have everything they could every want already or have very discerning taste. I like to select something they would never buy for themselves, possibly because they don’t know it exists. A rare food or wine with a great back story, for example. The Champagnes of Henri’s Reserve fit the bill and these top-ranked, family-owned, estate grape only boutique bubblies are two of my favorites. Their outstanding quality, fine flavors, limited availability, biodynamic production, and French cachet would delight even the most impossible foodies.
By Renee B. Allen I attended the 2012 Mohegan Sun Winefest early on Sunday hoping to avoid some of the thirsty throngs at this popular wine tasting event. Armed with my stemware, I filed in at 11:00 am with other … Read more