Cabernet Franc in Chinon: Hard to find but easy to drink

Cabernet Franc in Chinon: Hard to find but easy to drink

By Jeff Thoreson The large wine store where I like to go to wander the aisles like the DIY-ers wander around the big-box home improvement centers offers just two bottles of wine from Chinon, France. Really? To me, that’s like Lowes offering just two colors of paint....
The Beauty of Beaujolais

The Beauty of Beaujolais

By: Jeff Thoreson It turns out good advice can be like good wine – sometimes it shows up in the most unexpected of places, like a small cafe or an underground cave in the commune of Villie-Morgon, France. We arrived in Morgon on a pleasant spring morning in search of...
The Bitch of Ballybunion

The Bitch of Ballybunion

By: Jeff Thoreson Call me a milksop, a namby-pamby, a cry baby, a wimp – all of which my friends would have on a May day a few years back in Ballybunion had I not pried myself from the coziness of hotel lobby peat fire to join them in a round on the Old Course on a...