CHRISTIAN NAVARRO

Wines Great  & Small

Photography by Cordero Studios Styling by Alicia Buszczak ​ Moving beyond the 750 ml bottle, celebrated vintages range from splits to Melchiors.  There is an old saying that everything is better in magnum. Certainly that is true of wine. But magnums, or 1.5-liter bottles, are not the only size with advantages. The half bottle, for instance, […]

Hosts Guide Holiday 2013: Season’s Sipping

The 18th-century Swiss writer, composer, and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote, “I have always said and felt that true enjoyment cannot be described.” Though the celebrated father of modern autobiography and author of Reveries of a Solitary Walker was probably not contemplating the sublime experience of savoring the nuances and subtleties of a glass of Bordeaux […]

The Big Valley: Rhône

There is an old saying that, if it smells like a Bordeaux and tastes like a Burgundy, it must be a Rhône. Indeed, the wines of this southern region of France strike an interesting medium between the lushness of those from Pauillac and Pomerol and the exquisitely structured austerity of those grown in the Côte […]

Tiny Bubbles: Champagne

Although the wines of Champagne are all too easy to sip, they are actually quite difficult to make. Yet these adversities are partly responsible for the creation of the sparkling wines that have come to define this cool countryside, which lies east of Paris. Historically, Champagne’s cold climate—unlike that of any other major wine-producing region—would […]

Red King, White King: Burgundy

It has been said that Bordeaux is for the rich, but Burgundy is only for kings. Indeed, the region’s history reveals regal ties: One of its grand crus, Corton-Charlemagne, is named for the first ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. Despite its glorious past, however, this illustrious swath of French countryside frustrates oenophiles as often […]

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