Looking back on an amazing year...
As 2017 comes to a close, I’m overwhelmed by the wonderful support you’ve shown us again this year. We do what we do because we love it, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else, and we are so grateful for your business and friendship. Many of you have been sourcing your wines from us for some 18 years now - that’s incredible. In everything we do, we visualize you enjoying the wines with friends and family and good food - at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about, to our way of thinking. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Wow - what an amazing year, on so many levels. The biggest action of all was our three-month stay in France this fall (scroll down for all the pics and posts from our stay.) That made it a total of 17 weeks over there for me this year. I’m pretty much “at home” and comfortable there as I am here in Portland, and the lifestyle is not really very much different. I don't go to the local boulangérie for a fresh baguette here in the morning after my run every day, though I certainly could -I’m just not in the habit here. When in France…
One of the main goals of the extended stay was to spend more time in the cellars tasting, hoping to find more hidden gems and rising star producers to bring back to you. I am happy to say it was very fruitful on that front - I am blown away to have found nine new producers to add to the Caveau family over the coming year (six in Burgundy and three in Champagne) - many of which have never been available in the US previously. Some of which have never been available outside of Burgundy or Champagne. One never knows what you’ll find when out tasting - there is an awful lot of mediocre or disappointing wine being made in both regions. Maybe only 10% is worth our consideration - possibly even less than that in Champagne - but if you keep looking it is ultimately worth it. I know what I’m looking for, and I get very excited when I find people and wines that I love - my first thought is that I can’t wait to share them with you. 2018 is going to be a dynamic and delicious ride!
I can’t reveal any of the specifics quite yet, but I am thrilled to say that Caveau is back in the Burgundy business - as in producing wines over there under our own label! You may recall that back in 2008 and 2009 we made a little Chambolle-Musigny and Meursault, but haven’t had the opportunity to continue any winemaking over there due to the small crops from 2010-2016. 2017 finally brought Burgundy a normal-size crop, and we’re back in business! For now, suffice it to say that there will be some 2017 Caveau Grand Cru Burgundy and more coming your way in about 16 months. Stay tuned!
The other major action of the year involved our documentary feature film “Three Days of Glory”. Co-producer/director David Baker and I have been working on post-production since finishing filming in November ’16, and we got it into nearly-final form in time to have a sneak-preview screening in Beaune last month for all of the featured winemakers and local press. Aubert de Villaine of DRC, Dominique Lafon, Véronique Drouhin, Allen Meadows, Thiebault Hubert, Patrick Essa, Thierry Violot-Guillemard, and Caroline Parent are all in the film, and I’m so proud and happy with how it has all come together. We have just been informed that the film has been chosen to World Premiere at the prestigious Newport Beach Film Festival in California in April - we are so honored and excited! We’re working now on setting up a tour of private screenings in Portland and key markets around the country, so watch your email for all the info as it comes together.
I’m looking forward to a great 2018 full of great wine and food and travel. Our annual Insider’s Tour of Burgundy is already full for next June (all customers who’ve been on the tour before, some of them twice! Seems they like it! ) - but we still have a couple slots open for our exclusive Champagne Tour on June 13-17. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll shoot you all the details…
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season, a very Merry Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous 2018!