Bonjour du coeur des terroirs Brune et Blonde, In my ongoing attempt to represent an ever increasing swath of the parcellary diversity of the northern Rhone, there is one sector where I have been waiting particularly patiently to find a partner: the heart of the Brune and Blonde soils of Côte Rôtie behind the village of Ampuis. These steep, terraced vineyards of darker, harder iron rich micaschist (Brune) and paler, more decomposed micaschist (Blonde) are a sight to behold and then some, one of [ READ MORE]
Bonjour de la terre du Mistral, Today's introduction takes us to sleepy medieval Vacqueyras, town of 100 inhabitants in France's southern Rhone valley. Nestled in between the towering Dentelles de Montmirail mountains to the east and the expansive Plan de Dieu plateau to its west, the town is often celebrated for its value relative to Chateauneuf du Pape, but rarely for its sheer greatness on its own terms. In considering native son Eric Bouletin and his remarkable story and feeling, [ READ MORE]
Guten tag ancora in Italia? In the Dolomites of Alto Adige in Italy's northeast, just east of Bolzano where the mountain walls narrow into a steeply sloped valley, flows the Eisack (German)/Isarco (Italian) river. At the mouth of the valley on either side of the river lies the village of Kardaun/Cardano, whose dramatic terraced vineyards serve as a triumphal announcement of one's arrival to the mountains. The millennia of erosion and sedimentary runoff has left the soil on these riverbanks [ READ MORE]
THE MISSION OF DOWN TO EARTH WINES
I, Robert Panzer, vow to act as a messenger for Nature, instilling a celebratory reverence for its processes, in all of its myriad forms. Wine growing can be one of the most profound examples of human kind’s fostering of natural beauty. It is my goal to represent the joy and emotion that fine wine can achieve to as many as possible in an uncommonly approachable manner. Distinctiveness and singularity are common threads amongst all of the Down to Earth selections, from exceptional every day values, to pinnacle experiences of dazzling proportion.