Once in a Lifetime
Burgundy. Get to know it, find it on
a map. Take a week off and bicycle
through the vineyards—the best and
most expensive are the Grand Crus.
These are the vineyards that have
the best soil and the best climates;
only 2 percent of the land qualifies.
Some legendary patches of dirt are
Chambertin, Bonnes Mares, Clos de
Vougeot, and the father of them all
Whenever You Can
Burgundy. Best to take another couple
of days off and check out the Premier
Crus. They make up the next quality
group. There are about 600 of them,
so you will need a good, sturdy bike. Of
course Pinots in California and Oregon
are without a doubt up to at least this
level in many cases. Try Gary Farrell’s
from the Russian River Valley. Oregon’s
Brick House is one of the regions first
and best. So is Bethel Heights.
Whenever You Want
Stay in Oregon and find some Erath. It’s
always a bargain that won’t disappoint.
Conch y Toro Casillero del Diablo from
Chile is good for the price… even if
nobody is likely to salute it as they