One man, arguably the godfather of Bardolino, made it his life’s work to valorize this humble wine district, setting high standards for the region and releasing decades’ worth of excellent vintages in the process. Can you guess who this man is? It is not Giuseppe Quintarelli of Valpolicella—rather, it is Gianni Piccoli, the humble patriarch of Corte Gardoni, the estate that redefined Bardolino. Records show the Piccoli family has grown grapes on the eastern shores of Lake Garda for hundreds of years, but in 1980 Gianni became the first generation to estate bottle. At a time when the trends of international grape varieties and mechanized, industrial farming practices were sweeping across northern Italy, Gianni stuck to his guns. A proud ambassador of Bardolino’s terroir, he fought homogenization of the local wine scene and planted local varieties like Corvina, Garganega, and Rondinella. He also became the first in the area to farm his vineyards sustainably, a move met with resistance from neighbors fond of generous herbicide and pesticide use. Gianni passed away in 2020 with nearly fifty vintages under his belt at the helm of Corte Gardoni, which remains in capable hands today, as Gianni's three sons had already taken over daily operations at the winery several years before his passing. Mattia is in charge of the cellar, Stefano manages the vineyards, and Andrea helps both of his brothers and also handles sales. They continue to promote the values he championed through their lively, refreshing, and shockingly well-priced wines—a testament to one man’s noble effort to give Bardolino the renown it deserves.
Year in and year out, these cuvées prove not only that Bourgueil is home to some of the best terroirs for Cabernet Franc anywhere, but also that the Boucard family produces some of the greatest values in all of France.
Well, one bottle led to another, and before you can learn how to pronounce “Loire” like a true Frenchman, Paul had created four recipes to accompany and show off the wines from the four Loire wine regions.
I think it is timely to make the announcement—It’s officially “Rosé Season!”—but with one caveat: Let this not be the only time of year you drink rosé. Welcome it wholeheartedly into your regular rotation
Franck Follin-Arbelet—joined today by his son Simon—is one of our most exciting and talented growers in Burgundy. He simply does everything right, and I mean everything. A true artist, he is the type of grower you can seek for years without finding: exactly what we look for here at KLWM...
Through their various bottlings, these three domaines contribute to a collection of Chablis marked by place, each reflecting a unique site and the commitment of a talented vigneron. They communicate the Chablisien goût de terroir—that unequaled aroma and flavor that can only come from Chardonnay grown in this chilly pocket of northern Burgundy.
The only thing we like better than great wine is great wine that doesn’t cost much and we’re happy to report that a bottle of great wine can still be found for $20 or less. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites all in one place for your browsing pleasure: bargain whites, rosés, reds, and a couple of sparklers.
Consider this collection your golden ticket of sorts, your invitation to a dinner party with a group of underground artisans, champions of outsider winemaking culture, and a snapshot of a south of France that may be less iconic, but no less authentic.
Her wonderfully complex terroir of schist, granite, and galets roulés (alluvial riverbed stones) produces some of the most ethereal rosés you’ll ever taste. And the olive oil—well, it isn’t easy for us to get as excited about olive oil as about wine, but when you taste these, you’ll understand why they have become Corsica’s pride and joy.
If you ever need two superheroes to help tackle the evil villain of thirst, then Catherine and Pierre Breton are prime candidates. Thanks to these new arrivals from la famille Breton, barbecues, picnics, apéritifs, brunches, pregames, post-games, baby showers, regular showers, bubble baths, tailgates, and happy hours are all taken care of. Yet again, the heroes of soif have saved us from going thirsty.
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