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The French did not invent winemaking. They simply perfected it. For centuries, France has been producing wines that inspire poetry, awe, and wonder; wines that blur the lines between nature, craftsmanship, cuisine and art. These are the wines that inspired cultures around the globe to follow in France’s footsteps, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Grenache, Merlot, Semillon and more.
Yet as often as they are emulated, the magic of their terroirs can never be duplicated. You may taste Cabernet from around the world, but perhaps none as elegant and regal as Bordeaux. You may try Pinot Noir or Chardonnay from various climates, but none with the earth-bound soul and ethereal reach of Burgundy. You may drink sparkling wine from many countries, but there is only one Champagne. Likewise, the Syrah of the Northern Rhône and the Malbec of Cahors are unlike any expression of those grapes you will find in California, Argentina, Australia or elsewhere. And let us not forget Alsace, which sets the international standard for Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris, or the Loire Valley and its one-of-a-kind Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
It may take a relatively short time to learn about these regions and grape varieties, but a lifetime to understand them.
Assistant Wine Manager, Premium Wine & Spirits
A former Metropolitan Opera Regional winner, Bruce holds a Master of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music and has been an active professional singer and voice teacher in the Buffalo area for 35 years, including 31 as tenor soloist and 22 as adjunct professor of theatre at Niagara University. He has worked an equal number of years in the wine and liquor industry, the last ten of which as a member of the wine staff at Premium Wines, where he is currently Assistant Wine Manager. The compatibility of music and wine, he believes, is the profound human expression of sound and structure, nature and the winemaker’s art, respectively. Partial to wines of the Loire and Germany, Sherry and White Burgundy, he likes all wines that resonate with the character of their place of origin. He sings lead in the store’s “Bottleshop Quartet.”
2007 / 750 ml.France | Touraine | VouvrayItem #26481
Bruce Bell says:Vouvray is a charming and picturesque town on the Loire River, about midway on the river’s easterly meanderings toward Paris. Perhaps even more captivating are the white wines that are produced from... view more$11.99Compare: $17.99 You save: $6.00
2010 / 750 ml.France | BordeauxItem #31092
Bruce Bell says:The nose of this appealing white Bordeaux is only a prelude to its flavors of lemon zest, quince and tangy lemon meringue pie. The Sauvignon Blanc is softened and fleshed-out a bit by an equal percentage... view more$12.99Compare: $14.99 You save: $2.00
2009 / 750 ml.France | Rhône | Côtes du RhôneItem #13542
Bruce Bell says:From the producer of the highly-regarded, consistently 90+ scoring Châteauneuf-du-Pape “Les Cailloux” comes this younger and less fully-developed sibling, which, nonetheless, does its lineage... view more$10.99Compare: $14.99 You save: $4.00