sometime in july 2011: you don't go to burgundy and not have sausages with mustard and creme de cassis with cremant de bourgogne to drink with it. my old friend katell and her husband invited me to spend a couple of days with them at their home outside dijon, and bastien grilled up some delicious sausages with mustard. their children, enzo and oceane, were adorable and accepted me right away. it was a great time with a very valued old friend, and i only wish greg could have been there, too. he would have loved it.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.