Dirk’s Cuvée

By Dirk Smits

A blend of wine & spirits musings, tastings and tidings

Come back to this page to follow what is happening in the world of wine and spirits. I will constantly update it with new articles.

Contact: dirk.smits@gayot.com

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WINE OF THE WEEK

> More than just a review of the wine itself. Travel where the wine was originated, with the story and history of the vineyards and winemaker.
ARGENTINA
Catena Zapata, “Catena” Malbec 2018 | Mendoza – (02/15/2021)
FRANCE
Amiral de Beychevelle, St.-Julien 2017, Château Beychevelle | Bordeaux – (12/21/2020)
Bénédicte & Stéphane Tissot, Patchwork, Chardonnay 2018 | Arbois (09/28/2020)
Champagne Deutz, Amour de Deutz Rosé 2009 | Champagne – (02/08/2021)
Château La Rabotine, Sancerre 2018 | Sancerre – (04/05/2021)
Château Lassègue, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2017 | Bordeaux – (12/07/2020)
Clos des Lunes, Lune d’Argent, Bordeaux Blanc, 2018 | Bordeaux – (08/10/2020)
Domaine du Séminaire Côtes du Rhône 2019 | Rhône – (04/19/2021)
Domaine Faiveley, Mercurey Premier Cru, Clos des Myglands, Monopole 2018 | Burgundy – (11/09/2020)
Domaine Laroche, Chablis Saint-Martin 2018 | Chablis – (04/12/2021)
Domaines Schlumberger, Gewürztraminer, Grand Cru “Kessler” 2015 | Alsace – (03/01/2021)
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Zind, Vin de France, 2018 | Alsace – (09/14/2020)
Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais Nouveau 2020 | Beaujolais – (11/23/2020)
TerraVentoux, Terra Solis Intuition, 2017 | Ventoux – (08/31/2020)
GEORGIA
Château Mukhrani, Saperavi, Kakheti 2017 – (03/29/2021)
GERMANY
Meyer-Näkel, Blue Slate, Pinot Noir, 2018 | Ahr – (10/26/2020)
GREECE
Santo Winery, Assyrtiko, Santorini, 2019 – (02/22/2021)
ITALY
Castello di Fonterutoli, Chianti Classico, Gran Selezione DOCG 2017 | Tuscany – (11/16/2020)
Col d’Orcia Brunello di Montalcino | Tuscany – (03/08/2021)
Luigi Maffini, Kleos, Cilento Aglianico 2017 | Campania – (08/03/2020)
Marchesi di Grésy, Barbaresco, Martinenga 2017 | Piedmont – (12/28/2020)
Poliziano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2017 | Tuscany – (11/30/2020)
Ruggero di Bardo, Susumaniello, 2019 | Puglia – (01/11/2021)
Saracco, Moscato d’Asti 2019 – (03/22/2021)
Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Amarone della Valpolicella, Antonio Castagnedi 2015 | Veneto – (10/19/2020)
Travaglini, Gattinara 2016 | Piedmont (10/05/2020)
MEXICO
Casa Madero, 3V, 2018 | Valle de Parras – (09/07/2020)
PORTUGAL
Azores Wine Company, Tinto Vulcânico, Açores  DOC, 2018 | Azores (02/01/2021)
Quinta da Alorna, Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, 2015 | Tejo – (09/21/2020)
SLOVAKIA
Château Belá, Riesling 2018 | Sturovo – (07/27/2020)
SOUTH AFRICA
Meerlust, 2016 Rubicon | Stellenbosch – (05/10/2021)
Rustenberg, John X. Merriman 2015 | Stellenbosch – (08/17/2020)
SPAIN
Bodegas Volver, La Mancha, Tempranillo Single Vineyard 2018 | La Mancha – (05/03/2021)
U.S.A.
Alma Rosa, El Jabali, Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills 2018 | Santa Barbara County, CA – (10/12/2020)
FEL, Chardonnay Anderson Valley 2019 | Mendocino, CA – (04/26/2021)
Frank Family Vineyards, Zinfandel 2018 | Napa Valley, CA – (01/18/2021)
Hearst Ranch Winery, Reserve GSM, 2018 | Paso Robles, CA(01/25/2021)
Honig, Sauvignon Blanc 2019 | North Coast, CA – (08/24/2020)
Mi Sueño Winery, Syrah 2017 | Napa Valley, CA – (12/14/2020)
Palmaz Vineyards, Riesling “Louise” 2017 | Napa Valley, CA – (01/04/2021)
Stinson Vineyards, Meritage, 2016 | Monticello, Virginia – (03/15/2021)
Tablas Creek Vineyard, Côtes de Tablas, Adelaida District, 2018 | Paso Robles, CA – (11/02/2020)

WINERY PROFILES

Champagne Charles Heidsieck, Reims, France
Champagne Drappier, Urville, France
Champagne Gaston Chiquet, Dizy, France
Champagne Jean Lallement, Verzenay, France
Champagne Laurent-Perrier, Tours-sur-Marne, France
Champagne Nicolas Maillart, Ecueil, France
Champagne Piper-Heidsieck, Reims, France
Champagne Vilmar & Cie, Rilly-la-Montagne, France

BEST OF LISTS

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Best Kosher Wines
Best Non-Vintage Champagnes
Best Prestige Champagnes (Tête de Cuvée)
Best Valentine’s Day Wines
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WINE DINNERS

Chef Celestino Drago, Managing partner Piero Selvaggio, GAYOT’s Wine & Spirits Editor Dirk Smits, Sophie Gayot



Exclusive: Restaurateur Piero Selvaggio Joins Drago Centro’s Team

Watch Dirk Smits discussing with Piero Selvaggio the wines served during the dinner.


Sophie Gayot, Chef Celestino Drago, Managing partner Piero Selvaggio, GAYOT’s Wine & Spirits Editor Dirk Smits





About a private dinner where these wines were served.

Opening bottles of long-aged wine can be a hit-or-miss experience. Find out which vintages from several French selections still provided sublime sipping with my tasting notes.




WINE CLASS

Champagne Bottle Sizes
Grape Varietal Definition: Aglianico
Grape Varietal Definition: Riesling
Grape Varietal Definition:: Sauvignon Blanc
Grape Varietal Definition: Sémillon
Health Benefits of Wine