Ashley Cummins

vintage 2014 in a cellar
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 10 07 2018

In 2014, the violent hail storms that once again ravaged Burgundy, and pulverized (for the third consecutive year) the vines of Pommard and Volnay, broke the spirit of the region....

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2013 burgundy wine bottle in a cellar
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 03 07 2018

Burgundy 2013 was yet another small crop. The fourth in as many years. Some of it will be very good, in both red and white. But for some producers, it...

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Bottle of Chablis 2015 on a barrel
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 14 06 2018

We have resisted writing the Elden Selections Burgundy 2015 harvest report until now, mainly to let the hub-bub and hyperbole settle down, but more importantly to be sure that the...

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barrel room
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 07 06 2018

After the excitement of the annual wine auction at the Hospices de Beaune, we went to the Hospices’ cuverie to pick up our prized barrel. It’s a Volnay 1er Cru...

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harvest
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 30 05 2018

At this time in 2012, the mood was dour here in Burgundy. We were in the middle of a four-month period of rain and miserable cold. Hail storms had machine-gunned...

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wine bottles in a cellar
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 24 05 2018

Generous Burgundy This past weekend the Domaine Rapet Pere et Fils in Pernand-Vergelesses invited their friends for a tasting of 30 vintages of their Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru ‘Ile des Vergelesses...

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vineyard view
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 22 05 2018

We had a white wine from Viserny last week. Viserny is just down the road from where we live. And you would never guess but it’s the most important wine...

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wine barrel
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 16 05 2018

The 153rd Wine Auction at the Hospices de Beaune It’s always a wild ride. But 2013 was a white-knuckle experience. And Elden was there. The Hospices de Beaune sells its...

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Movie banner of Back to Burgundy
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 30 04 2018

Burgundy, a land of tradition, history, family and most recently, the center of attention for French filmmaker Cédric Klapisch and his gorgeous film, Back to Burgundy. Back to Burgundy introduces...

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View of a vineyard
Posted by Ashley Cummins | 27 03 2018

This may be my weirdest tasting ever. An overall lousy morning: my wine pick-ups were all screwed up in one way or another, so the warehouse rejected my Customs paperwork,...

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