Tag Archives: Jens Strecker

Alpha Loire Domaines, an extensive line from France’s Loire Valley

I actually stumbled across this winery in Seattle at a Loire Valley tasting via a team of French sisters, who represent Alpha Loire in the international marketplace. The wines are just outstanding and even better for the price.  They have quite a large … Continue reading

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Marqués de Montecierzo (Navarra, Spain)

I met this father/son team on my first wine buying trip to Europe in spring of 2011. We had some difficulty communicating as the father speaks no English and Joaquín, his son, has limited English (still better than my Spanish), … Continue reading

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Chateau Barbanau, back to its roots (Provence, France)

It’s my opinion that this is the best Provence rosé in the Seattle market at this price point (~$20 retail).  A blend of Grenache/Syrah/Cinsault, it’s got melon on the nose with flavors of melon, rose petals & a little cinnamon … Continue reading

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Chateau de La Bigotière, Muscadet from the Loire Valley

When Franҫois first put me in touch with this winery, I was delighted.  The wine was great and the price was great and Seattle, located on the coast with a culture of seafood lovers, is a match made in heaven … Continue reading

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Chateau des Eyssards (Bergerac), neighbor to Bordeaux

I actually met Pascal Cuisset (pictured left), owner/winemaker of Chateau des Eyssards, in Seattle at a wine show put on by the French Wine Commission in the spring of 2011.  I entered the Columbia Tower Club on a beautiful, sunny day, … Continue reading

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Domaine Les Fusionels from Faugères (Languedoc, France)

This is another winery that François hooked me up with for our first shipment.  Wines from Faugères (in the northeastern end of Languedoc on the Mediterranean) are not well known, but they can still cost a pretty penny in the … Continue reading

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Cave de Bissey ~ Crémant from Burgundy

I got hooked into Cave de Bissey through a long-time French agent who had called on me at Portalis before we were in the import business.  François told me years ago that if the opportunity ever arose to start importing … Continue reading

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