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Amy C. Collins
Interests: reading, writing, essays, fiction, wine, food, cartoons, design, color, drawing, painting, cooking, eating, gardening, observing, talking.
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Wine: Château d'Oupia Vintage: 2013 Country: France Region: Languedoc Grapes: Carignan Vines: sustainable Production: medium Château d'Oupia's Les Hérétiques has been around for well over a decade. It's one of those curious little bargain reds that has managed to remain a bargain despite its popularity vintage after vintage. I remember seeing it stacked in some of my retail accounts in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Pig&Vine
@Shmooismymuse - I have NOT tried the Sogi, but I love a good Passetoutgrains. I will look for it ASAP.
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on Thanksgiving 2015 Wine List at Pig&Vine
My picks for Thanksgiving 2015 this year are a little bit out of the ordinary. An easy, value-driven French white to start, followed by a California blend from one of my FAVORITE Cali producers - Broc Cellars - and a "new grape" recommended to me by John at Keife & Co. here in New Orleans last weekend. In short, you've... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Pig&Vine
This is a new series called Wine Words, a glossary in the works that breaks down the barrier between those in the wine know and those who have no idea what the hell everyone's talking about. A new word will post every Wednesday and will cover anything and everything from a grape name or region, to a winemaking or tasting... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Pig&Vine
Wine: Bodegas Lan Vintage: 2010 Country: Spain Region: Rioja Grapes: Tempranillo Vines: Unknown Production: Medium Rioja might be the most familiar red wine region in Spain. Quality ranges as wide and flat as the region itself, leaving the drinker to rely on producer integrity for a good wine. Lan Crianza 2010 is an excellent value and a great weeknight sipper.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Wine: L'O du Joncier Vintage: 2014 Country: France Region: Côtes du Rhône Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault Vines: Biodynamic Production: Small Marine Roussel joined her family's winery, Domaine du Joncier, in 1989 after first pursuing a graphic design career in Paris and Marseille. The estate was established in 1964, but since Marine has taken over, the direction has changed toward a natural... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Today we begin a new series called Wine Words, a glossary in the works that breaks down the barrier between those in the wine know and those who have no idea what the hell everyone's talking about. A new word will post every Wednesday and will cover anything and everything from a grape name or region, to a winemaking or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Wine: Rocca di Castagnoli Vintage: 2011 Country: Italy Region: Chianti Classico Grapes: Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino Vines: in conversion to organic Production: Medium I selected this wine for The Vine Club, which I run with The Carriage Wine and Market in Florence, Alabama, last June. It has been a great seller since, and many non-club members have bought it again and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at Pig&Vine
I moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, two weeks ago today. Alice and I rolled up shortly before 5 pm, Uhaul trailer carefully arranged with the skill of a Tetris master, car packed out, and bike strapped on top. This was one of my easier moves, made so with the generous help of many friends, both in packing up and unloading.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Wine: Vilmart & Cie Vintage: 2007 Country: France Region: Montagne de Reims, Champagne Grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Production: Small AKA Farewell Wine. One week ago I moved from Florence, Alabama, to New Orleans, Louisiana. I had intended to write about the Vilmart & Cie 2007 Champagne early last week, but packing, goodbyes and moving take up quite a bit of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Wine: Mouton Noir Horseshoes and Handgrenades Vintage: NV Country: USA Region: South Oregon + Red Mountain, Washington Grapes: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Production: Small I met Andre Mack, aka Mouton Noir, in 2003-04 when he was head sommelier at Thomas Keller's Per Se in New York. He'd been a prominent fixture in Napa at Keller's flagship The French Laundry and,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Wine: Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé Vintage: 2014 Country: France Region: Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Rolle (aka Vermentino) Vines: Organic Style: Still rosé Production: Unknown The appellation of Provence in the south of France is known as quintessential rosé land. The pink wines make up an estimated 75% of total wine production, with red... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Wine: Le Vigne di Zamo´Bianco IGT Vintage: 2014 Country: Italy Region: Veneto Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Ribolla Gialla, Tocai Friulano, Riesling Vines: Unknown Style: Still white Production: Unknown The Zamo´winery has been family run since the 1980s, though some of the vineyard land dates back to the early 1920s. They're situated in the Veneto, often more broadly referred to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Wine: Albert Boxler Edelzwicker Réserve Vintage: 2010 Country: France Region: Alsace Grapes: Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Auxerrois, Riesling, Gewurztraminer Vines: Organic Style: Still white Production: Small Albert Boxler is one of the oldest and greatest estates in Alsace, France and honestly, the wine growing world. The vineyards were established in 1673, and in 1946, Albert Boxler returned home to post... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Beer: Blackberry Farm Country: USA Region: Walland, Tennessee Hops et al: Organic/sustainable Style: Saison Production: Small-medium I rarely cover beer on Pig&Vine, but this is not your typical brew. The Blackberry Farm Brewery Summer & Classic Saisons embody the complexity, balance and nuance more often associated with wine. I recently had the great fortune to speak with Blackberry Farm Brewery's... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Wine: Jean-François Mérieau "Bulles" Vintage: 2010 Country: France Region: Touraine (Loire Valley) Grapes: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay Vines: Organic Style: Dry sparkling Production: Small-medium I selected the Jean-François Mérieau “Les Bulles” 2010 wine for the May edition of The Vine Club, a subscription wine club I run through The Carriage Wine and Market here in Florence, Alabama. The Carriage is celebrating... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Wine: Huguet de Can Feixes Blanc Selecció Pronunciation: kahn FEH-shahs blahnk seh-lehk-see-OH Vintage: 2014 Country: Spain Region: Penedès Grapes: Parellada, Macabeo, Chardonnay, Malvasia de Sitges Vines: Sustainable Style: Dry, slight effervescence Production: Small-medium I discovered this bright, nervy white a few weeks ago at Western Supermarket in Mountain Brook on a business trip to Birmingham. Huguet Can Feixes Blanc Selecciò... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at Pig&Vine
We've been dipping into the archives again here at Pig&Vine headquarters. Last week is it was the 2006 López de Heredia Crianza Rioja, which demonstrated how a nearly 10 year old, well-structured red can evolve. Today, the Schloss Wallhausen Riesling Kabinett 2006 from Nahe, Germany, shows us what an age-worthy white of the same vintage can do. Golden in color... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Aged wines are usually elusive treasures reserved for those with extra-expendable income or industry connections. Most of us never get to experience the nuance and softness a quality aged red can take on, or rarer still, the nutty golden tones of an aged white. What does it mean to age a wine? Those with great balance and structure will change... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Pig&Vine
From the Southern Rhône hail Daniel Boulle and his wife Helene with another rosé favorite of the season. They produce small lots of red and pink wines near Rasteau and Travaillon from biodynamically farmed vineyards and a very light touch in the winery. Concrete tanks, gravity-fed movement and no filtration on the reds tells me I've got find some of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Posted Jul 12, 2015 at AmyCCollins
Wine is people. It evolves, it devolves, it ages and changes and suffers mood swings. It expresses itself differently with various foods the way people reflect different aspects of their character depending on the company they keep. When I wrote about the M. Plouzeau Chinon Rosé 2014 early last week, I'd found my favorite pink of the year, without question.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Pig&Vine
Like so many of the books that sit around my apartment untouched a year or more after the first passionate interest drove me to acquire them, I can not remember where I discovered Liebling. It was James Salter's 1986 introduction, quoted on the back of the book, that led me to finally pick it up (again) a couple of weeks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at Pig&Vine
I promise not to keep chattering on about my road trip like I've never been anywhere before, but I have to tell you about this gorgeous Chinon rosé I found in New Orleans. Marc Plouzeau is a new producer for me, though he and his father, Pierre, before him began turning the property into rockstar wine producing vineyards in 1989.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Pig&Vine
There's freedom in taking to the road. The hours of sitting in the car are strung together in a static-kinetic time warp, and the whole day becomes a wash. Or it can, if you don't take the opportunity to stop along the way and discover something new. Sometimes you just need to get there and, in all honesty, I have... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Pig&Vine