News Archives: Terry Theise

Champagne’s Special Club

Champagne's Special Club

In 1971 a group of twelve growers started an organization called Club de Viticultures Champenois, to promote the concept of terroir and estate bottled, or grower Champagne in France and abroad. In 1999 the group changed their name to Club Trésors de Champagne, but the mission and philosophy has not changed. Today, the group consists … Read More

BUBBLES 2017: A Skurnik Wines Tasting

BUBBLES 2017: A Skurnik Wines Tasting

Thank you to all who joined us for an ebullient event celebrating effervescent wines. This is always our most festive tasting, and this year was no different. In addition to showing over 100 sparkling wines from around the world, we also popped every bottle of champagne! It was an embarrassment of riches. Blanc de Blancs … Read More

Gobelsburg: Tradition and Terroir in the Kamptal

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The estate of Schloss Gobelsburg is nestled in the middle of the quite village of the same name in Austria’s Kamptal valley. A grand mansion of pre-World War proportions, its distinctive pale-yellow paint and Renaissance architectural style make for a striking façade. There are not many of these structures still standing and maintained in 21st … Read More

Merkelbach: Soul of the Mosel

Merkelbach: Soul of the Mosel 2

Visitors remark that tasting with Alfred and Rolf Merkelbach at their home in Ürzig, at the base of the Würtzgarten, is to travel back in time. Not much has changed in over 60 years, including the brother’s approach to winemaking. The lists of wines on offer are typed up on an old typewriter and are … Read More