Château Angélus Makes an Appearance in Spectre

When Domaine Storage opened their wine storage facility in Washington DC a few years back one of the coolest features of the facility was its tasting room and lounge. It was a great place for entertaining and hosting tastings.

Unfortunately, the tasting area ran afoul of local ABC laws, and was shut down. But the team at Domaine has been working with the local government in Washington DC (and, because of DC weirdness, the federal government) and tasting area has been re-opened.

However, pictures alone cannot describe these Chateaux or relay their history, which is where Anson comes in.

I heard about this while I was in Bordeaux and thought it was a neat idea, but I didn’t have all of the details at the time. The image above is the <> fermenter, created by the team at Tonnellerie Radoux, one of the world’s best-known cooperages. The idea behind the <> fermenter is that it will improve the color and tannins of a wine by allowing winemakers to extract the wine in a more gentle fashion than traditional punchdown methods.

Indulge me for a minute, this post is going to tie in a few threads from different places around the world.  A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit the library at Château Siran in Margaux.  I have actually been to a number of libraries in Bordeaux, but this is the first I have ever seen that was behind a bank vault.

Today marks the greatly anticipated opening of the Cité du Vin in Bordeaux.  Billed by many as “wine theme park”, the Cité du Vin is a monument to wine from all over the world.  The Cité du Vin offers visitors a tour of the 8000+ year history of wine with a mix of temporary and permanent exhibits.  The first of which will open on July 13th and will feature a tour of wine from the Republic of Georgia, which is thought to be the origin of viticulture.

This effort was started up again last year, but fizzled out.

It is always a happy coincidence when Mother Nature cooperates and bud break occurs around En Primeur in Bordeaux. Here are some picture from around Margaux.

Now comes he weather report, with two chances for frost: Tuesday and Saturday.

Most people have never given any thought to the challenges of drinking wine on a space ship, or for that matter drinking anything on a space ship. But, there are unique challenges to drinking in a low gravity environment. Liquid does not flow in a low gravity environment the way it does on earth. Instead, it pools into droplets that look almost like floating bubbles. That is why astronauts drink water, and other drinks, through a straw.

Next week thousands of journalists will be in Bordeaux to celebrate the 2015 vintage, but just a few months after that thousands of people who love Bordeaux will be in town for what is absolutely the best wine tasting event of the year.

Union des Grands Grus de Bordeaux will hold its 11th annual Le Week-End des Grands Crus on June 4th and 5th this year.  This is an incredible tasting of 120 Bordeaux wines and a chance to chat with the Château owners and winemakers.

In 2014 I wrote about the potential creation of the .WINE and .VIN domains thought domain registry Donuts.  Well, you can officially register your own .wine and .vin domains through one of the Donuts-affiliated Registrars!

In fact, one at least one Virginia Winery is already on-board, Stephen Mackey at Notaviva Vineyards has already registered and

[Full Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher]

Wine and cheese pairing is something that many people, including a surprising number of restaurants get wrong. I think a lot of that has to do with how we in the United States think about how we pair our cheeses.  I have been to restaurants where they offer cheese plates based on region (e.g.

The latest James Bond film, Spectre, has a number of famous stars including a bottle of 2005 Château Angélus.  This is the second Bond film in which Château Angélus has made an appearance, a bottle also appeared in the 2006 Bond film Casino Royale. The bottle appears in an action-packed train scene featuring James Bond (Daniel Craig and Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux).

If you would like to drink like Bond you can pick up a bottle of 2005 Château Angélus from Zachys in New York for $439.

Joaquin has been upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane and is heading up the east coast toward Virginia.  In fact most of Virginia is expecting heavy rains between now and Tuesday.  This could be a disastrous ending to what has been, to this point, a potentially excellent vintage for Virginia wineries.

Most whites and many reds have already been harvested in Virginia, but there are still late harvest grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, still waiting to be picked.

Every winery that has been around for any length of time develops some signature wines.  These are the wines that the winery owner or winemaker are most passionate about making and these wines develop a signature profile that is reflected from vintage to vintage.  The team at Breaux Vineyards has known this and their Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Nebbiolo verticals are among their most popular events.

How do you celebrate #CabernetDay 2015? By opening a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, or its father, Cabernet Franc and enjoying it.  Or even better, get a group of friends together and share a couple of bottles.

33entrepreneurs was started in 2014 with goal of investing in start up companies in the food, wine and tourism space.  They wanted to take advantage of their connections and collective knowledge of the people within Bordeaux to guide these startups from their infancy to becoming successful businesses.

I think Bordeaux suffers from the same problem that upstate New York does: when you say New York, people immediately think of New York City. Similarly, in the United States when you France, people immediately think of Paris.

On Saturday I was lucky enough to be invited out to Château Soutard to listen to a performance by Les Trompettes de Lyon. The performance was part of the Grandes Heures de Saint-Émilion series held at various Châteaux throughout Saint-Émilion.

It was a fun event, the room in Château Soutard where Les Trompettes de Lyon was cavernous and beautifully designed, which made the performance by this talented quintet all that more special.

The annual Weekend des Grands Crus is finally this weekend in Bordeaux. I have said it before but this is, by far, my favorite wine event.

There will more than 100 of the greatest Bordeaux estates gathered in downtown Bordeaux showing off their 2012 and one other vintage. In addition to great wine, there is also an opportunity to dine at various Chateau (this is an amazing opportunity, and something that very few people get a chance to do).