Food & Travel

David and Greg are hunting gems

Greg and Caroline

The above picture isn’t worth a thousand words, as it doesn’t tell the real story. The delightful blue-eyed girl is Chief’s favorite waitress in Burgundy and might just be a finalist in the Waitress of the World. The cherubic-faced fellow is more excited about the food and wine at this fabulous restaurant (La Cabotte) than even Caroline.

Greg Kramer and David Trovillion, VDLT members, are on a wine tour of Burgundy and the Rhône valley. Both possess great palates and years of experience, so Chief is more excited to hear their tasting reports than to receive their photos. As expected, the wines of Domaine Dubreuil-Fontaine (Mike Manuppelli and Chief have already tasted) were aces. Christophe Pichon’s vast array of wines brought them to their knees with praise. The Condrieu and Saint-Joseph Blanc were the best either ever tasted. It’s very clear that VDLT has found a serious winemaker that will offer us pleasure for years to come.

David has been a fan of Beaujolais before the current wave of support from experts, and consequently enjoyed very much visiting Domaine Girin. Both David and Greg insist that we take a very hard look at the Beaujolais blanc. Some old-time members will remember a terrific white Côtes du Rhône we enjoyed from Domaine de l'Arnesque. Chief arranged a tasting for the boys and they say the current vintage is terrific.

Additionally, our explorers found several new wines for us to evaluate. We won’t share the winemakers, as it’s against our best interest for this information to get into the wrong hands; however, we can mention a few of the vineyards, as they will wet your whistle as they have ours. Vosne-Romanée, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru, Chambolle-Musigny, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, etc, etc.

Our community goal is to have 100 different wines to offer by year end. There won’t be any compromising of the habits that we have, which allow the Chief to sing so loudly about each wine. Our wines will always be cherry-picked and distinctive.