In April 2014, New York Times Wine Critic, Eric Asimov, launched Wine School, a monthly column designed to educate readers and open up a discussion about wines from around the world. This week, Mr. Asimov released this month’s assignment about white Bordeaux.
Today, many with an appreciation for French culture will celebrate one of the most significant dates in French history, Bastille Day.
On July 14, 1789, French revolutionaries overtook the Bastille in Paris, an armory and prison that doubled as a symbol of monarchy and political authority. With tension growing due to a stalemate of the National Assembly and King Louis XVI, revolutionaries demanded a constitution and major political reform. In 1790, the Fête de la Fédération was held to celebrate this historic day, and thus began a long legacy of the celebration of freedom.
With the arrival of summer, Bordeaux winemakers are heading into one of the most exciting seasons of the vine-growing calendar. Some believe that a vintage’s personality and character is determined in these crucial months before harvest. So far, the summer has been kind to our region!
In the wake of one of the coldest winters in recent memory (at least here in New York City at Bordeaux HQ), we’re drooling at the bits for some much needed sunshine. Warmer temps mean picnics, parks and fresh, vibrant produce. It also heralds the unofficial start of white wine season. For some, that particular season never ends. But given red and white wines’ inherent characteristics and pairing profiles, its understandable that some have a seasonal preference when it comes to wine.