2017 at Domaine Zind Humbrecht

An excellent vintage, built for aging 14 March 2019 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com It is always a pleasure to taste the latest vintage of wines from Domaine Zind Humbrecht. And so it was on 12 March 2019, at the domain, where I joined various participants, including Paul Liversedge MW, who is based in Zurich. […]

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Splendid cheese ceremony

For the Bucket List  By Panos Kakaviatos  8 December 2018 If you ever find yourself near Basel, Switzerland, do yourself a favor and reserve an evening of the “Cérémonie des Fromages” at the famous Antony Eleveur de Fromages. The sheer talent of owners Bernard and son Jean-François (never – ever say “pasteurized”), shines bright over […]

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Alsace: Put dryness levels on the front label

And the grape names, too By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 30 June 2018 This may seem a bit like a rant, but I have been living the better part of the last 20 years in Alsace. And I like Alsatian wine very much. The theme of this post? Info! And with Alsace, customers want (more […]

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Divine Alsace

Competitive wine prices and friendly faces By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  14 June 2018 It was an enjoyable wine evening earlier this month, Sunday 10 June, at Domaine Josmeyer in Wintzenheim. Lady winemakers who form the group DiVINes d’Alsace poured their wines. Alsace is so rich in soil types and terroirs that the sheer number […]

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Eating well in Alsace

Le Buerehiesel in Strasbourg (restaurant review) By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 24 March 2018 OK so it cost me more than €120 … but lunch here was fabulous. I had enjoyed lunch here a few years back with a work colleague and it was a positive experience for about the same price. But this time, it […]

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Alsace 2016: the paradoxical vintage

Deceptively soft spoken Zind-Humbrecht 19 March 2018 By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  Another year, and another chance to taste the fine wines crafted at Domaine Zind Humbrecht. Known to produce some of the best Alsatian wines sold in both France and in international markets, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht also offers a “bird’s eye” view of each vintage […]

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Lunchtime finesse

Restaurant Review: La Casserole By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  3 March 2018 You want to eat lunch (very) well in Strasbourg? I get plenty of requests on where to dine in this lovely Alsatian capital, and just before the snow started falling yesterday afternoon, I revisited La Casserole at 24 rue des Juifs – Tel +33 […]

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Not really amazing, but worth the detour

Restaurant Review: Au Moulin de la Wantzenau By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 22 February 2018 For the second time in three years (this is, perhaps, too infrequent), I enjoyed a fine meal at Au Moulin in the Wantzenau: about a 15 minute drive outside Strasbourg. It is not a Michelin rated restaurant, but excels in […]

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Valentines Day Pity

Palate shame and pain in a blind tasting By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com 14 February 2018 Today is a day of love. I could use some humble pie. A dear friend gathered some people over to his place the other evening for his birthday party and – as he had done two years ago – […]

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When is the right time for a wine?

By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles.com  28 January 2018 I suppose the short answer is “anytime” but that would be too facile. January has been always a great month for me to hook up with wine loving friends, old and new, in Washington D.C. during the holiday season, when I take an extended holiday break from […]

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