A Tour of Burgundy, Part 2 | Not Too Late to Join Us June 17th!

Greetings! I’m away June 14th – June 18th at 2017 Celebrate Walla Walla Wine

but wanted to remind you:

I’ll still be hosting The French #Winophiles 

Tour of Burgundy, Part 2 – June 17th – 10 a CST

Scroll below for the Tour Guide…and a few fun facts!

This month the #Winophiles’ ‘virtual’ Tour of Burgundy wends its way south through the Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais and Beaujolais subregions.

A Few Facts about the Côte Chalonnaise:

  • Contains irregular slopes with varying expositions, not always eastern facing, often separated by fields, woodlands and pastures, rather than a continuation of the Côte d’Or.
  • Also includes the Couchois, five communes east of Côte Chalonnaise known for producing robust, expressive Bourgogne Rouge and Blanc regional wines.
  • Contains no Grand Crus.
  • Production: ~62% red, 38% white
  • Principal Varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Aligoté, Gamay (Gamay used in regional AOC’s Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire and Passe-Tout-Grains.)
  • Derives its name from the industrial, non-vinious village Chalon-sur-Saône.
  • Principal communes:
    • Rully: Northern village renown for crémant de Bourgogne; also produces reds and whites.
    • Bouzeron:  Primary source for Burgundy’s finest Aligoté.
    • Mercurey: Producer of high-quality reds on par with some of Côte d’Or’s finest premier crus.
    • Givry: Another producer of quality value red wines.
    • Montagny: Southern aromatic white wine-producing village.

A Few Facts about the Mâconnais

  • Considered the true start of “Southern Burgundy,” with a warmer climate than Northern Burgundy, and featuring more Romanesque architecture.
  • Undulating hills crescendo southward into massive rock outcroppings, including the famous rocks of Vergisson and Solutré (seen above.)
  • Contains no Grand Crus.
  • 85% vineyards planted to Chardonnay.
  • Major producer of quality white wines, as well as rustic reds sourced made mostly from Gamay.
  • Principal Communes:
    • Pouilly-Fuissé
    • Pouilly-Vinzelles
    • Pouilly-Loché
    • Saint-Véran
    • Viré-Clessé

A Few Facts about Beaujolais

  • Technically part of the Rhône Department, but administratively under the aegis of Burgundy.
  • Bordered by Mâcon in the north and Lyon in the south.
  • Soils include granite and schist in the north, and broken yellow limestone known as Pierres Dorées (Golden Stones), clay and limestone in the south.
  • Boasts 10 Cru AOC’s:
    • Brouilly
    • Chénas
    • Chiroubles
    • Côte de Brouilly
    • Fleurie
    • Juliénas
    • Morgon
    • Moulin-à-Vent
    • Régnié
    • Saint-Amour
  • The birthplace of ‘Beaujolais Nouveau,’ a post-harvest release begun in 1970 and celebrated  the 3rd Thursday of November each year.
  • Gamay comprised most Beaujolais rouge, mostly produced by carbonic maceration.

Link here more about #Winophiles virtual Tour of Burgundy.

Link here for #Winophiles Travel Guide to Burgundy | Part I.

About the French #Winophiles:

The French  #Winophiles are a group of wine writers and bloggers that love French wine.

Each month we focus on an area or aspect of French wine. Topics include regions, routes, food, travel, history, profiles, tastings…we expand widely and seek to learn.

Here’s the French #Winophiles’ Tasty Tour Guide

for the virtual

Tour of Burgundy- Part 2 | Hashtag #Winophiles

 Saturday, June 17th, 2017 – 8 a PST | 10 a CST | 11 a EST:

Jeff Burrows of FoodWineClick serves up “Salmon and Morels with the Domaine Wines of Louis Max.”

Jill Barth of L’Occasion shares “Historic Vineyards of Burgundy.”

Michelle Williams of Rockin Red Blog regales us with: “A Journey Through Burgundy Part 2, Exploring Mâconnais with #Winophiles.”

Gwendolyn Lawrence Alley of Wine Predator takes on: “Bourgogne with Beef Bourguignon from an Instant Pot.”

Lynn Gowdy of Savor the Harvest steers us through “Navigating Southern Burgundy: Mâconnaise and Beaujolais.”

Camilla Mann of Culinary Adventures with Cam tipples through “Touring Burgundy by Glass: It’s the End of the School Year and I Need a Drink!”

Jane Niemeyer of Always Ravenous explores “Discovering Rully Chardonnay + Bouzeron Aligoté in Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise.”

Nicole Ruiz Hudson of Somm’s Table schools us with “Cooking to the Wine: Jean-Marc Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis with Clam and Burrata Pizza.”

Wendy Klik of A Day in the Life on the Farm dips her toe in “Provence meets Burgundy.”

Lauren Walsh of The Swirling Dervish swirls up “Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise.”

L.M. Archer of binnotes.com pours forth on “Burgundy’s Overlooked ‘Other’ White Wine.”

I want to hear from you! Please leave your comments below. Cheers!

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An Invitation to Tour Burgundy, Part 2 | 17 June 2017

Take a Tour of Burgundy with the French Winophiles

Join us for this month’s French Winophiles!

 A Tour of Burgundy Part 2 | Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais

(Beaujolais optional)

June 17, 2017 | 8 am PST, 10 am CST, 11 am EST)

Find out more here.


If you are a wine writer or blogger, this is your invitation to join in! Posts on travel, food, wine and lifestyle in Burgundy are all welcome.

Contact me to tell me you’re in: Include blog url, Twitter handle, and any other social media details. If you know your blog post title, include that…but you can also send that a bit closer to the event. We’d just like to get a sense of who’s participating and give some shout-outs and links as we go. Contact me below.

Send your post title to me by Wednesday, June 13th to be included in the preview post. I will prepare a preview post shortly after getting the titles, linking to your blogs. Your title may or may not include “#Winophiles.”

Publish your post between 12:01 a.m-8:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday, June 17th. You can always schedule your post in advance if you will be tied up that morning.

Include links to the other #Winophiles participants in your post, and a description of what the event is about. I’ll provide the HTML code that you can easily put in your initial post — which will link to people’s general blog url.

Get social! After the posts go live, please visit your fellow bloggers posts’ to comment and share. We have a Facebook group (French Winophiles) for participating bloggers to connect and share, too. If you need an invitation please let me know.

NOTE: Sponsored posts are OK if clearly disclosed. Please be sure to disclose if your post is sponsored or if you are describing wine or other products for which you have received a free sample.

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Wine Writer Confidential | № 5

Dear Readers:

Welcome to my latest installment of Wine Writer Confidential, where I spill, thrill and chill you with all the news unfit to print about my world of wine writing.

Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2017

I’m still buzzed from my visit to Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2017 Premier Epicurean Event Grand Tasting this past Sunday.

For the uninitiated, Pebble Beach Wine & Food 2017 comprised an intoxicating blend of 100 celebrity chefs and 250 prestige wineries, VIP and golf events, cooking demos, and wine and food pairing dinners, plus some ultra-cool after-parties.  You can find out more here.

I attended to research Champagne producers, including Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Charles Heidsieck, Champagne Château de Bligny, Champagne Pol Roger, Champagne Ruinart, and Champagne Taittinger, but also made a point to swing by Oregon producers Kings Estate and Brooks Winery, as well as some familiar faces at New Zealand’s Mt. Beautiful and Argentina’s Achaval-Ferrer.

Truly a benchmark international premier epicurean event – great weather, too!

Special thanks to Janie Brooks Heuck of Brooks Winery for making this happen.

#wineStudio | Achaval-Ferrer | April 25, 2017 | 6-7 p PST

#wineStudio April 2017 Showcases @AchavalFerrerUS #artisan #wines of Mendoza, Argentina.


Think Argentina is all about Malbec? No!

Join me Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6-7 p PST for the final #wineStudio virtual featuring Achaval-Ferrer’s 2015 Cabernet Franc from Mendoza, Chile.

This concludes our tour of quality quaffs provided by Achaval-Ferrer of Mendoza, Argentina. While Argentina claims fame as the epicenter of Malbec production, Achaval-Ferrer crafts equally intriguing wines from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

For me, Achaval-Ferrer wines illustrate a singular mastery of the  ‘art of the blend,’ coalescing cuvées of supple strength expressive of their respective terroirs.

For those of you new to #wineStudio, it’s a virtual wine community and educational platform comprised of wine writers, industry professionals, and social media influencers who gather each Tuesday evening to connect about a featured wine of the month. Follow us: #wineStudio.

French Winophiles |  A Tour Through Burgundy | May 20th & June 17th 

The Way of the Cross – Domaine Romanée Conti, Côte d’Or – Burgundy. | Image: ©L.M. Archer

I’m super-excited to host another of my favorite ‘virtual’ tasting groups, The French Winophiles, for a Tour of Burgundy on May 20th and June 17th from 8-9 am PST.

May 20th, we’ll tipple through Chablis and the Côte d’Or, then continue south on June 17th for a taste of the Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais, and Beaujolais.

The topic is Burgundy, the focus food, wine and travel. Rumor has it we might also have a few “Guest Appearances” by some Burgundy food, wine and travel experts…

You can follow along on Twitter at #Winophiles.

Pssst….If you’re a wine writer, blogger or social media maven and want to participate, leave a comment below or IM me @binnotes. Cheers!

More Wine Writer Confidential:

Wine Writer Confidential № 4

Wine Writer Confidential № 3

Wine Writer Confidential № 2

Wine Writer Confidential № 1

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The Hedonistic Taster | Lenné Estate 2014 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

The Hedonistic Taster | Lenné Estate 2014 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley


Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of artisan wines.

Today’s Tasting:


Lenné Estate | 2014 Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley

Blind taste the wines of Lenné Estate, and you find any preconceived notions about ‘Oregon Pinot Noirs’ dropping away. Tasting Steve Lutz’s wines from Lenné Estate brings me back to Burgundy – to purity of fruit, expression of site, and a complexity that invariably makes me smile. Yet these wines have their own stories to tell. This is one of them.

You can find out more about the story behind Lenné Estate’s hard-fought road to success here in my article about owners Steve and Karen Lutz in Oregon Wine Press.

WineLenné Estate Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, Yamhill-Carlton

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 14.2%

Suggested Retail: $38.00



Robe: Translucent ruby robe.

Nose: Red raspberry, cherry, white mocha.

Palate:  The estate’s  ‘entry’ level cuvée comprises one half  Pommard clones, and the other half of clones 115, 114, 777, and 667. Do not confuse this  consumer-friendly wine with their secondary label,  Le Nez.

Nothing ‘entry level’ about this wine. Light body, silky tannins, balanced acids, elegant medium-length finish.

Suggested Pairings: This wine sings its own song, and for the price, you’ll be singing, too. Reminiscent of a well-made Santenay, with a lightness and warmth that lends itself well to an Indian Summer repast of salmon and salad, but also a subtlety that shifts right into more complex fall and winter fare. Truly a wine for all seasons.


Link here to my previous Lenné Estate tasting notes.

You can find out more about the story behind Lenné Estate’s hard-fought road to success here in my article about owners Steve and Karen Lutz in Oregon Wine Press.


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My latest article in Palate Press | Burgundy: Bad Weather, Brexit, and Beyond

My latest article in Palate Press | Burgundy: Bad Weather, Brexit, and Beyond

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™

Inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers.

by L.M. Archer FWS, Bourgogne ML


Dear Readers:

I wanted to share my latest article in Palate Press with you:

Burgundy 2016: Bad Weather, Brexit, and Beyond.


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Women Wine Makers of Burgundy | Out from the Shadows

Women  Wine Makers of Burgundy | Out from the Shadows

Welcome to binNotes | redThread™  

 Inspired stories about artisan wine and taste makers.
By L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne ML

Women Wine Makers of Burgundy | Out from the Shadows

by L.M. Archer, Palate Press Contributor



They used to call them “the hidden generation.” The women of Burgundy’s domaines: once banned, never heard, and rarely seen. Women in the shadows.

The women of the hidden generation were the mothers and grandmothers of today’s rock star wine makers like Ludivine Griveau, Hospices de Beaune’s first female wine maker since 1443. Her 2015 inaugural vintage broke all previous auction records. Read more…

Many thanks to the women wine makers of Burgundy who participated in this article for Palate Press.

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Happy Holidays| Joyeux Noël | ¡Feliz Navidad! | Buon Natale

Happy Holidays| Joyeux Noël | ¡Feliz Navidad! | Buon Natale

 Joyeux Noël | ¡Feliz Navidad! | Buon Natale

 Happy Holidays 

Joyeux Noël | Image: BIVB
Joyeux Noël | Image: BIVB

Happy Holidays to you and yours this holiday season – hope you’re spending it with friends, family, fine wine, and good cheer!

❧  Best Wishes in 2016 ❧


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