Show 539, August 19, 2023: Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club L.A. – The Wines of Loire Valley, France Part One

Rick Arline of the City Club Los Angeles

“Within France’s 3rd largest Appellation wine region, stretching from the Atlantic coast to Auvergne, Loire Valley wines represent the balance point between north and south, mellowness and freshness, arts and literature, tradition and modernity.”

“From this harmonious blending, helped by a generally temperate climate and remarkably varied terroirs, comes a great diversity of wines. 20 per cent of the production is exported to over 150 countries amounting to over 54 million bottles in 2020.”

Cabernet Franc, the Loire region’s leading red varietal, is generally made into single-varietal wines. “They are crystal-clear and luminous in color, ranging from candy pink to raspberry, with aromatic finesse that is perceptible on the nose. On the palate, they express marked notes of ripe red berries (strawberries, raspberries and red currants) and tropical fruits. Their mellow smoothness mixes with their luscious indulgent character.”

The wines of Loire Valley are generally available locally at your favorite wine merchant including The Wine House in West Los Angeles, K & L Wine Merchants in Hollywood and Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa.

Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club, Los Angeles is our well-informed guide to the wines of Loire Valley.

Show 539, August 19, 2023: Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club L.A. – The Wines of Loire Valley, France Part Two

Rick Arline of the City Club Los Angeles

“Within France’s 3rd largest Appellation wine region, stretching from the Atlantic coast to Auvergne, Loire Valley wines represent the balance point between north and south, mellowness and freshness, arts and literature, tradition and modernity.”

“From this harmonious blending, helped by a generally temperate climate and remarkably varied terroirs, comes a great diversity of wines. 20 per cent of the production is exported to over 150 countries amounting to over 54 million bottles in 2020.”

Cabernet Franc, the Loire region’s leading red varietal, is generally made into single-varietal wines. “They are crystal-clear and luminous in color, ranging from candy pink to raspberry, with aromatic finesse that is perceptible on the nose. On the palate, they express marked notes of ripe red berries (strawberries, raspberries and red currants) and tropical fruits. Their mellow smoothness mixes with their luscious indulgent character.”

The wines of Loire Valley are generally available locally at your favorite wine merchant including The Wine House in West Los Angeles, K & L Wine Merchants in Hollywood and Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa.

Sommelier Rick Arline, Director of Beverage, The City Club, Los Angeles continues as our well-informed guide to the wines of Loire Valley.

Show 533, July 8, 2023: Chateau De Lavernette, Beaujolais, France with Winemaker Kerrie de Boissieu

Kerrie de Boissieu of Chateau de Lavernette

“The area of Leynes, in Beaujolais, France and its historic four-story Château De Lavernette are right at the crossroads of Beaujolais and the Mâconnais. Down across the road from the château, to the east, grows a Chardonnay vineyard in limestone soil for its crémant and Beaujolais Blanc. Up on the broad slope just southwest of the château grows Gamay in granite soil for its two red Beaujolais, plus two small parcels of Chardonnay in more limey soils that are reserved for its Bourgogne Blanc. Across a tiny creek to the north of the château is the southern boundary of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. A hill goes steeply up from that creek to the village of Chaintré, and on this flank the château farms four small parcels in limestone to make two Pouilly-Fuissé cuvées.”

“The château has been passed down through the Lavernette family since 1596, when Philibert Bernard de Lavernette bought the property from the monks of Tournus. Early in the twentieth century, René de Boissieu married Gabriëlle Bernard de Lavernette, the heiress of Lavernette, and the property passed to the de Boissieu family. The twin shields on the Lavernette labels represent the families’ coats of arms.”

“René was the grandfather of Bertrand de Boissieu who, with his Dutch wife Anke, had been the director of Lavernette. Bertrand and Anke were the first in the Beaujolais region to farm according to the ecological principles of lutte raisonnée, or reasoned fight, a pragmatic approach to organic farming that was, in their younger days, a radical thing in France. Beginning in 2006, their son Xavier, with his American wife Kerrie, took this one step further by converting the château’s 28 acres of vineyards to biodynamic farming. Certification came in 2010.”

We’re discussing Chateau De Lavernette’s Beaujolais Blanc 2020 “Les Vignes de la Roche” and Beaujolais Leynes “Le Clos” 2021 with Winemaker Kerrie de Boissieu who joins us from Beaujolais, France.

Chateau de Lavernette wines are available locally at merchants including Erewhon Market and Mission Liquor. Featured on restaurant wine lists such as Cassia in Santa Monica and L & E Oyster Bar in Los Angeles.

Show 530, June 17, 2023: Beaujolais Nouvelle Generation with Master Sommelier Josh Orr Part One

Josh Orr, MS

There is a lot more to the wines of Beaujolais than simply Beaujolais Nouveau. 96 per cent of Beaujolais wines are dedicated to the Gamay grape.

“Nestled between Burgundy to the North and Rhone to the South, Beaujolais’ rolling hills and plains form a wine-growing area of 14,500 hectares. The picturesque Beaujolais vineyards run across the Saone River, where winemakers have crafted deliciously supple and fruity wines since the days of ancient Rome.”

“Beaujolais is made up of 12 appellations : Beaujolais (red, white and rose), Beaujolais Villages (red , white and rose), and 10 Beaujolais Crus (Brouilly, Cote de Brouilly, Regnie, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-a-Vent, Chenas, Julienas and Saint-Amour).”

“Bringing together a small community of over 2,000 winegrowers, the region has an average annual production of 80 million bottles, of which 36 per cent is sold to export to over 150 countries.”

Josh Orr, MS, one of the USA’s newest Master Sommeliers is our guide to the wines of Beaujolais. Josh recently presented and moderated an impressive panel of Beaujolais winemakers in Los Angeles at the Beaujolais Nouvelle Generation “Meet the Makers” tasting. He spent time in France during his early sommelier career followed by top sommelier positions in Las Vegas.

Show 530, June 17, 2023: Beaujolais Nouvelle Generation with Master Sommelier Josh Orr Part Two

Josh Orr, MS

There is a lot more to the wines of Beaujolais than simply Beaujolais Nouveau. 96 per cent of Beaujolais wines are dedicated to the Gamay grape.

“Nestled between Burgundy to the North and Rhone to the South, Beaujolais’ rolling hills and plains form a wine-growing area of 14,500 hectares. The picturesque Beaujolais vineyards run across the Saone River, where winemakers have crafted deliciously supple and fruity wines since the days of ancient Rome.”

“Beaujolais is made up of 12 appellations : Beaujolais (red, white and rose), Beaujolais Villages (red, white and rose), and 10 Beaujolais Crus (Brouilly, Cote de Brouilly, Regnie, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-a-Vent, Chenas, Julienas and Saint-Amour).”

“Bringing together a small community of over 2,000 winegrowers, the region has an average annual production of 80 million bottles, of which 36 per cent is sold to export to over 150 countries.”

Josh Orr, MS, one of the USA’s newest Master Sommeliers continues as our guide to discovering the wines of Beaujolais. Josh recently presented and moderated a panel of distinguished Beaujolais winemakers in Los Angeles at the Beaujolais Nouvelle Generation “Meet the Makers” tasting at a.o.c. in Los Angeles. He spent time in France during his early sommelier career followed by top sommelier positions in Las Vegas.

Show 482, July 9, 2022: Matthieu Mangenot, Technical Director, Domaines Albert Bichot, Beaune, France Part One

Matthieu Mangenot of Domaines Albert Bichot

Matthieu Mangenot is the Technical Director for Domaines Albert Bichot based in Beaune, France. His last stop on his recent mid-May tour of the United States was at the new Restaurant Lulu at The Hammer Museum in Westwood overseeing a lunch and tasting of Albert Bichot wines for a select group of food and wine journalists. Matthieu joins us from Beaune, France (Burgundy) to pull the cork on all that is Domaines Albert Bichot.

“The first traces of the Bichot family date back to 1214. From 1350, the family was established in Burgundy, at its stronghold on Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. The family’s coat of arms has not changed since then, nor has its symbol, a deer. Since 1996, Alberic Bichot has represented the 6th generation to run the house.

“Albert Bichot is present all along Burgundy with more than 250 acres shared by 6 prestigious estates.”

“Albert Bichot’s expertise is based on respect for terroir and for nature. Using organic and sustainable viticultural practices, based on observation, prevention and attention to Nature’s equilibrium, Albert Bichot strives to preserve this fertile land for future generations.”

“Each domaine is in the hands of a dedicated viticulture team and vinification team who tailors wines with a perfect sense of terroir. This is unique in Burgundy.”

“Matthieu Mangenot joined the Albert Bichot team in 2007 as manager of the Domaine Long-Depaquit estate in Chablis. His dual training as an agronomist and an oenologist allows him to have a comprehensive approach to winemaking, from vineyard management to bottling.”

Show 482, July 9, 2022: Matthieu Mangenot, Technical Director, Domaines Albert Bichot, Beaune, France Part Two

Matthieu Mangenot of Domaines Albert Bichot

Matthieu Mangenot is the Technical Director for Domaines Albert Bichot based in Beaune, France. His last stop on his recent mid-May tour of the United States was at the new Restaurant Lulu at The Hammer Museum in Westwood overseeing a lunch and tasting of Albert Bichot wines for a select group of food and wine journalists. Matthieu joins us from Beaune, France (Burgundy) to pull the cork on all that is Domaines Albert Bichot.

“The first traces of the Bichot family date back to 1214. From 1350, the family was established in Burgundy, at its stronghold on Chateauneuf-en-Auxois. The family’s coat of arms has not changed since then, nor has its symbol, a deer. Since 1996, Alberic Bichot has represented the 6th generation to run the house.

“Albert Bichot is present all along Burgundy with more than 250 acres shared by 6 prestigious estates.”

“Albert Bichot’s expertise is based on respect for terroir and for nature. Using organic and sustainable viticultural practices, based on observation, prevention and attention to Nature’s equilibrium, Albert Bichot strives to preserve this fertile land for future generations.”

“Each domaine is in the hands of a dedicated viticulture team and vinification team who tailors wines with a perfect sense of terroir. This is unique in Burgundy.”

“Matthieu Mangenot joined the Albert Bichot team in 2007 as manager of the Domaine Long-Depaquit estate in Chablis. His dual training as an agronomist and an oenologist allows him to have a comprehensive approach to winemaking, from vineyard management to bottling.”

Show 473, May 7, 2022: Ventoux AOC, Rhone Valley, France with Jonathan Cristaldi, Wine Journalist Part One

Sommelier and Wine Journalist Jonathan Cristaldi

“The wines of AOC Ventoux in the Rhone Valley of France are made at the foot of Mont-Ventoux, which culminates at 1912 meters, offering a unique freshness and balance. It has been an AOC since 1973. It is the only appellation with vineyards spreading over two Regional Natural Parks. It is also recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Ventoux is first and foremost defined by its cooler climate: the influence of the mountain creates a wide variation of temperatures between days and nights.”

It covers some 14,000 acres of vineyards with the resulting wines being 54 per cent Red, 38 per cent Rose and 8 per cent White. There are 150 wineries in the AOC representing private ownership, co-ops and negociants. Ventoux AOC wines are just becoming readily available in the USA and generally represent good value.

“Vines have been grown in the Ventoux area since ancient times; archaeological digs around the village of Mazan uncovered a potter’s workshop dating from the 1st century BC, where the first known wine amphorae in France were produced.”

“The vineyards flourished during the Avignon Papacy, and over the centuries Ventoux wines, alongside other leading French wines, were served to the kings of France at the Royal Court.”

Wine journalist Jonathan Cristaldi is our well-informed guide to Ventoux AOC.

Show 473, May 7, 2022: Ventoux AOC, Rhone Valley, France with Jonathan Cristaldi, Wine Journalist Part Two

Sommelier and Wine Journalist Jonathan Cristaldi

“The wines of AOC Ventoux in the Rhone Valley of France are made at the foot of Mont-Ventoux, which culminates at 1912 meters, offering a unique freshness and balance. It has been an AOC since 1973. It is the only appellation with vineyards spreading over two Regional Natural Parks. It is also recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve. Ventoux is first and foremost defined by its cooler climate: the influence of the mountain creates a wide variation of temperatures between days and nights.”

It covers some 14,000 acres of vineyards with the resulting wines being 54 per cent Red, 38 per cent Rose and 8 per cent White. There are 150 wineries in the AOC representing private ownership, co-ops and negociants. Ventoux AOC wines are just becoming readily available in the USA and generally represent good value.

“Vines have been grown in the Ventoux area since ancient times; archaeological digs around the village of Mazan uncovered a potter’s workshop dating from the 1st century BC, where the first known wine amphorae in France were produced.”

“The vineyards flourished during the Avignon Papacy, and over the centuries Ventoux wines, alongside other leading French wines, were served to the kings of France at the Royal Court.”

Wine journalist Jonathan Cristaldi continues with us pulling the cork on all that is Ventoux AOC.

Show 468, April 2, 2022: Steven Goodale, Proprietor, Park 1039, San Luis Obispo

Steven Goodale of Park 1039

Park 1039 in San Luis Obispo was built with the dream of bringing together products that inspire the staff, and a team that genuinely loves what they do.”

“Owner Steven Goodale is the heart of Park 1039 and has worked tirelessly to open a top-notch eatery and market for the last three years. Goodale is passionate about fine wines, especially when it comes to France. Steve humbly wants everyone to experience the best food and wine the world has to offer, and bring a unique selection of offerings to his beautiful City of San Luis Obispo.”

“Park 1039 aims to celebrate food that is alive – an expression of nature. The Chefs are passionate about foraging for wild herbs, flowers and even sea water for finishing salt. The products that can’t be made in-house are thoughtfully sourced from local farmers or high-quality import producers. The Chefs are dedicated to creating seasonal offerings that make their high-quality ingredients the star of each course.”

Also on the menu are a wide variety of specialty cheeses, customized food gift baskets and Cheese & Charcuterie Boards.