Two “wine” blogs worth sharing


I don’t know about you but I find the whole wine drinking/tasting/collecting
enterprise a little vexing. Mind you, I didn’t say intimidating: there isn’t much I find intimidating in a bunch of boys drunk on
testosterone comparing the size and value of their, um, wine cellars.

I can’t really be bothered with scores and points and gold medals and
whatnots. Nor do I find much value in remembering the good years in
Pomerol. I learn about wine from cultivating my own taste, and from
listening to stories about wine makers and their wine making
practices. I chose not to put my trust in numbers but in people, and
it has served me marvelously well.

It’s hardly surprising that the wines I find delicious are from those
wine makers whose stories I find compelling – learning about them gives
me the context to better understand and appreciate the wines they
make. It usually works the other way round too, I often come across
wines that I adore for one reason or another, and fall even more in
love after I hear the stories.

Thus is the case with two wine makers whose respective blogs I came
across recently, Vincent Dancer in Burgundy and Hervé Bizeul in

Vincent Dancer is a young wine maker in the village of Chassagne-Montrachet in Burgundy. I first tried his wine during a tasting trip to Burgundy a couple years back. During the week that included a tasting of Le Montrachet at Domaine Leflaive and library bottles of Musigny at Roumier, I found myself night after night at the dinner table with a bottle from Vincent Dancer, whose wines, according to friends in the business who shared my table those nights, are quite reasonable and elegant even at a young age.

He’s been keeping a blog since late 2005, though I’ve only found it recently. It is ostensibly about wine making and life the vineyards, but it’s so much more. His photographs are breathtaking, and they stand in place of narratives for those who don’t speak a word of French. Check out his recent posts on a weekend truffle hunting in Provence, migratory birds, visiting a barrel maker, or the gorgeous Fall colors and light over the vineyards of the Côte d’Or.

The second blog I want to tell you about is a bit different, here you will need a good command of the French language to appreciate the sublime beauty. The wine maker who keeps this blog is Hervé Bizeul, of the famous Les Clos des Fées in Rousillon. I first came across his wine at St.John in London, and just love them. Much like the food at St.John, the wines were deceptively simple but above all delicious and even exuberant, at times to the point of being a bit wild. I should also say his writing reminds me of his wines.

I stumbled upon this blog only this morning while researching something, and found myself spending a good part of this rainy afternoon pouring over his words. A wine maker, gourmand, and lover of poetry – throw in philosophy too for good measure – his blog posts are delightfully witty, irreverent, and even a little ironic, on subjects ranging from pre-packaged foods to cooking and, of course, wine and the making thereof. Even if you read just a little French, grab your dictionary and go to work on his latest post – Que boire avec le Poulet Rôti? – in which he pondered, oh in twenty-five hundred words or less, what to drink with the simple roast chicken (and how to cook it as well). Trust me, you’ll find it more than worth the effort.

Happy reading! Better yet, grab a bottle of their wines to accompany your trip along these blog-lanes. Now that’s my idea of l’accord met/vins!

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12 Responses to “Two “wine” blogs worth sharing

  • Alfonso said:
    January 22nd, 2008 at 5:14am

    Thanks for the recommendations
    Great Pictures!
    On the wine trail in Italy

  • Mon said:
    January 22nd, 2008 at 1:02pm

    The horse-drawn tractor is neat! Thanks for the links Pim.

  • Ogen garnet said:
    February 25th, 2008 at 11:15pm

    It seems be great….

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    July 23rd, 2008 at 5:34am

    I think wonderful.

  • Napa Wine Tour said:
    December 10th, 2009 at 1:28am

    It’s good to read..

  • Tiffany Pendant said:
    February 8th, 2010 at 9:59pm

    I remember the headcheese on the charcuterie platter anywhere. And it helps that I was there 9 days ago.

  • Skylar said:
    January 21st, 2011 at 10:44am

    I like to cook but not for my dog and I do like to drink Wine once in a while with a good meal. Although it can be hard to find a good wine and store your wine properly. But I have found a place with a nice assortment of Wine Racks here

  • Winstrol said:
    January 26th, 2011 at 11:39am

    I agree with you on most all topics mentioned here. Wine is to be enjoyed, not discussed.

  • Mauro Fermariello said:
    May 12th, 2011 at 5:09pm

    Could you have a look to my wine blog?
    I’m triyng to talk about wine and winemakers, with a lot of pictures. I hope you’ll like it. ciao mauro

  • custom research paper said:
    December 12th, 2011 at 3:42pm

    good blogs !!! rly many interesting info about wine – from history to taste !!!

  • psychic company said:
    March 2nd, 2013 at 2:49pm

    great blog, not a massive wine fan but enjoy reading about it

  • psychic company said:
    March 2nd, 2013 at 2:49pm

    great blog, not a massive wine fan but enjoy reading about it

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