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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Walla,Walla or Bust! The Washington Wine Scene Revisited!

Hey folks sitting here at the airport and with a few hours in between flights I thought I would blab a little about the WBC 10 [Wine Blogger Conference] as it's being referred to in the twittershpere and on FB. The  Cuvée Corner Wine Blog is but one of over 300 wine bloggers who descended upon the wonderful little town of Walla, Walla Washington, which sits in the warmer south east part of the state.

Many folks associate a trip to Washington state as rainy and over cast adventure, but the part of the state I will be visiting is forecast to clear blue skies and sunny warm temps in the eighties. [Um, it went up to the high nineties] As I obviously wrote this paragraph pre-conference and has as happens I needed to board the plane before I could finish what I wanted to say, but that's how it goes when you're traveling. Then when I got to the conference, I just couldn't find time to put any substantive content together with the time I had, but now that I'm back in good old San Diego, time to string together what will appear to be a few cogent thoughts.

The Why: Okay so maybe you are wondering okay, you have a wine blog and that's a great hobby, but flying off to a conference about wine blogging, what's that all about anyway? Good question, it's something I gave some thought about the first time I went last year to the event in Napa/Sonoma, which was fantastic. We get together talk about how the our genre is unfolding, how to improve, be responsible, make it profitable and have more fun doing it. We get together and learn from each other, experience new wines and wineries, network and make new friends with other like minded professionals and amateurs alike.

The contest: I had won a contest which extended my trip by a day. So myself and twelve other wine-bloggers were treated to some first class experiences ahead of the crush of the other bloggers who were heading to Walla, Walla. The contest was based upon writing a post about Washington wine before the conference started and based on the blogs we wrote, we were chosen as the winners, but the specific category of how we won and why was never really disclosed, a little disappointing. But no sour grapes here, just reporting the facts and let the chips fall where they may.

On our first day the contest winners of the WBC or Bust, Road Trip to Walla Walla were treated to a wonderful brunch at Chateau Ste. Michele where we had a wondrous Food and Wine Pairing, a Woodinville Grand Tasting at the Willows Lodge, then a had an amazing lunch at the Barking Frog and again with paired wines [provided by DeLille Cellars], which were all marvelous. Then after lunch we ran off to Pikes Brewery for a tour and tasting of all their beers and then on to this fantastic dinner to which we were very late to at the ohh-la-la, Waterfront SeaFood Grill.
A very full but fantastic first day!

The second day we started heading inland from Seattle to Walla, Walla and had a Grand Tasting at Cave B, but unfortunately if you didn't act quickly you missed the brunch. Yes, sad face cause I was on the receiving end of missing the brunch, ahh poor me. Then we were whisked off to the Yakima Grand Tasting at Prosser Village, where we were treated to another Grand Tasting of the Best of the Yakima Wine Scene. Then we left Prosser heading east to Walla, Walla once more [a terribly long journey] to arrive at Walla Walla Vintners for a Pizza and Wine Social. I was so wiped out by riding on a overheated [94 degree weather] bus [no AC] bus, so I skipped the wine and went straight for the ICE cold beer by Big Sky Brewing Company, the Trout Slayer [which was very good]. The pizza was fantastico, my compliments to the chef! We did have some ice cold Reisling from Hogue, while on the bus, but it was a little dicey as some fared better than others. Then later that evening we were all taken to our respective B&B's [with the option to go to another winery to party on] for the evening and I stayed at Stone Creek Manor, which was fantastic [I opted to head to my B&B, as I was just wiped out].

What's taking so long: I know many of the wineries are anxious to see mine and many of my fellow bloggers reviews on our respective sites right away. But for many of us, this is not a full time job, more like a hobby for which we would love to have as a full time job. So when folks come back from nearly a week long journey it does take time get back into the swing of the day-to-day goings on of life. So forgive us please, if some of us bloggers seem a bit tardy in getting our Washington Wine Posts up, but in their and mine own defense I've seen many [substantive] tweets and the FB posts are endless. The point is, we collectively as the wine bloggers and wine writers are very excited by what we saw, heard and most of all tasted during our stay in your wonderful state, that said the reviews are coming and the Cuvée Corner Wine Blog will produce many reviews based on my experiences during the Walla Walla,Wine Blogger Conference. This is really the first day since I've been back that I've had the opportunity to write up some of my experiences.

Okay now that I've got that out of the way, after we left Ch. Ste. Michelle, which was my second opportunity to taste some of the great wines from Washington State. It was during our Woodinville Grand tasting where I encountered some fantastic wines and I wanted to tell you about some of the great finds [see plural], that I've come across. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, we all have a different takes on what's great or good and what's not so great. So sorry I have take a slight detour below and address an issue I over heard some of my fellow bloggers discussing on more than one occasion, but of course I don't name, names they know who they are and they don't read this blog. So there you have it below, my diatribe on being a wine-snob!

An Aside: I'm not one of those wine bloggers who believes a wine has to be 12.5% or under to be considered balanced and approachable. Some folks have that opinion buried deep within their palates and dismiss anyone and any wine that disagrees with that premise. Its not because of something they taste, it's because they believe and or are taught, it's chic to hate on wine over a certain percentage or they call it an homogenized wine, made to please certain critics who hold a sway over whether a few cases of wines are sold or whether truckloads of wine are sold.

These are fun notions [aka, straw-man] to set up and knock over, makes for great chatter around the wine bar. Frankly, this premise does not hold much sway over whether or not I like a wine and I say bah-humbug. But I'm sure those who subscribe to the notion, they find it a great comfort in dismissing wines out of hand for its ABV alone. I judge each wine on its own merit and don't draw a conclusion until after I tasted it and put it through its paces. So that's why I say to you my readers, please don't listen to these folks or give them any credence, they are nothing more than clattering gongs and noisy cymbals, making noise for noise sake.

Okay that said, now onto the matter at hand, the fantastic wines of Washington State. This is my second time into this wine region to experience what I like to call the Washington Wine Scene. This Woodinville Grand Tasting featured many fantastic wineries and including Betz [ Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate: “Betz Family Winery remains one of Washington's benchmarks for top quality wines from Rhone and Bordeaux grape varieties] of whom I'm sure you are very familiar with already, but my absolute favorite of the day was Baer Winery.  Both wines made in a Bordeaux style one being in the feminine style Ursa and Arctos in the Masculine style, both were powerful and lush, but showed enough restraint to pair nicely with food or to drink alone as a cocktail wine. This is not an easy task but these wines did both flawlessly in my estimation. Baer was the one of winery which I ran around to bothering everyone to try this wine, as I thought it was just stunning, and no one disagreed with me either. Since this post is getting long in tooth, okay I know I'm repeating myself but it needs to be said again, to once more highlight this one winery in particular, they are called BaerWinery please give them a swirl you won't be disappointed. Two of wines I sampled the Ursa and Arctos and found them both complex and compelling and I highly recommend you find a way on getting your hands on these fantastic wines.
Prices and where to find: Selling for $35 and $41 respectively. A steal of a deal in my mind, if these labels said Napa on the bottle it could easily sell for way more than they are asking, both drank like wines approaching the Benjamin mark. Sorry California residents your favorite wine store won't have these, so you'll have to click your way through their e-commerce site to get them ordered, but you better hurry before the next heat wave spike hits southern cal.

Other Voices:  David Leclaire the Seattle Wine Squire, had this to say about the 06 Ursa: "I tasted this wine 9 months ago blind as a judge at the Seattle Wine Awards, and was blown away by this wine. It is still available for a bit longer – and I had the pleasure of trying it again recently and will personally look for some on the shelves immediately before you beat me to it. Why? It is balanced, intense in all ways, even in it’s elegance. Isn’t that what we always want – something not over the top that has just enough fruit, tannin, acidity, and a touch of earth. Bordeaux style blend with all the 5 varietals with Merlot and Cab Franc dominant."

My Recommendation: So see it's not just me, other folks who really know whats going on agree with me that fruit and winemaking coming from Baer is off the hook fantastic, so with that you have my run don't walk recommendation. Hurry before they are all gone!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A hidden "gem" in Temecula Wine Country: Briar Rose Winery

As a San Diego county resident and unofficially self-proclaimed cork-dork I've been to Temecula's wine country many times and until recently I was unaware of one of Temecula's hidden gems [I guess I really didn't do my homework]. So with my GPS firmly ensconced on my dash board, I set off to find Briar Rose, yes I took the typical exits from the I-15 and started inland, only to found myself no where near anything that resembled the typical geography associated with a trip to wine country, instead I was in suburbia, heading down what nearly appeared to be a dead end street lined with some very well appointed homes. As I traveled on, I started up this hill and started to see signs that I was indeed heading to wine country. In fact I would call it an oasis in a sea of sameness [their wine style is definitely old-world] and as I crested the hill, there it was Briar Rose atop this hill overlooking Temecula.

But how did I hear about this wonderful little winery in Temecula, well I was contacted by a friend of Briar Rose Winery to come out sip their selection, see the winery and meet the wonderful folks who make the aptly named Briar Rose a flower among the thorns. They had asked other bloggers [whom I won't mention] but these so-called "other" wine bloggers dismissed this opportunity. I guess I was a 2nd or 3rd choice, but when the red carpet was rolled out as I arrived, I thought hmmm maybe they were expecting someone else, but no the Cuvee Corner Wine Blog's humble correspondent [well technically the only one] was asked to write a review of Briar Rose Winery. I was so glad, I had the opportunity and everyone was extremely gracious, friendly and welcoming [yep all three] to me, it's has been about two months since I've been there [I'm sure they were wondering when I would write it] and my notes, photographs and videos are vivid reminders of the of the sights, sounds and taste of the wonderful wine[s] being made there.

Where is it: Now if you happen to be new to the area or maybe you're from San Diego or LA and are an avid or just the occasional cork-dork like me and  perhaps you are wondering where the "Temecula Wine country" is located, well you can find it in southwestern Riverside County, you may be surprised to find that Temecula is California's most prominent American Viticultural Area [AVA] south of Los Angeles and north from San Diego and about hour and half trip from those cities. Now for the adventurous wine lover or even the casual observer, it's an ideal destination for a short day trip from Los Angeles, Orange County, Palm Springs or San Diego. (Click here for directions/map to Briar Rose winery, as well as, all of the Temecula wineries).

About Briar Rose Winery:  According to their owner, BRW was founded the grounds of a former Disney set designer's home and has a disneyesque feel as their mantra on the labels say "Taste the Enchantment". Their winery is modeled after Snow White's cottage, which you can see from looking at the faux thatched roofs and architecture. Briar Rose produces mostly estate-grown wines, with a boutique production level of about 2,400 cases per year give or take. According to their website, their winery came to fruition as a result of the owner's Les and Dorian Linkogle's lifelong dream to build a dynamic winery dedicated to producing excellent wines and to lay claim as one Temecula's first wineries. If you would like or need more factoids or other interesting trivia about Briar Rose please click here.

Reservations Only:  There are many wineries that require a reservation and this is one of them, so please don't just show up and expect to taste wine, without making the appointment first. Just a word of advice, if you want guarantee you have a great experience you'll need to make a reservation and preferably visit the winery in a small group because the winery's tasting room is small, or you may end up in the barrel room [which fine too, but a little dark for evaluating wine properly], show up at the time of your reservation, and prepare for a different Temecula wine experience than you maybe familiar with. Appointment Hours: Monday - Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Here are the wines I tasted the day of my own appointment:

2009 Estate Viognier: A nice bottle of a complex floral wine, dry, crisp, honey suckle and rose aromas with peach and melon flavors. SRP: $19.00 Standard Tasting, 90 points.

2009 Fume Rosé: A wine that hastens and welcomes the advent of summer and is nicely different then a majority of rosés you may already be familiar with, comes off bright, clean, and zesty. A Sauvignon Blanc aged and seasoned in barrels recently containing Cabernet Sauvignon. I really like this wine and think its unique style and tastes really deliver good value. SRP: $24.00 Standard Tasting, 90 points.

03, 04 and 07 Cabernet Sauvignon: If you're someone who likes 100% old world style wines than these wines will make you very happy. Each wine displayed rich varietal character that these grapes can achieve and were characterised by aromas of dried violets on the palate each wine displayed flavors of chocolate, ripe jammy berries, oak, pepper and earth. For my money, the 2004 was showing the best right now and the 2007 [Private Collection] was very good as well but would benefit from further aging. SRP: $38 [on special for $18], $58, $105. The 03 and 04 Standard Tasting and the 07 is on the Premium Tasting.

2004 Petit Verdot: This wine also was from the Private Collection and is part of the Premium Tasting lineup. As a single varietal wine it is very uncommon as Petit Verdot wine grapes requires a long growing season to reach maturity, and to even become a wine of substance and quality. Petit Verdot wine grapes are typically just a blending grape and one of the least grown in Bordeaux. The French translation for PV is 'little green one", it was an interesting wine and this Petit Verdot from estate fruit is a powerful yet suave wine with dusty tannins. A wonderful old world style of wine.  SRP: 105.00 Premium Tasting 87 points.

2005 Temecula One: Another wine from the Premium Tasting list and is a blend of 40% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot a wine with "Super Tuscan" styling and are typically red wines of very high quality. This wine is medium-bodied, juicy, loaded with wild berry and dark cherry fruit, and balanced with dusty tannins. Premium Tasting SRP: $115 87 points.

2007 "Katrina" Estate Zinfandel: This wine boasts of a "Old world" origin and is 100% Zin, which was aged 16 months in French/American oak, now when I think of old world in this context they have me thinking of Primitivo. Although, recent research reported by Wine Pros that in Croatia and at the University of California at Davis, using "DNA profiling, has proved Zinfandel is a clone of the Croatian variety Crljenak" [so easy to say as well], so glad they cleared that up. That said, this wine has deep violet reflections in the core and is complemented by a unique, intense bouquet, spicy aromas, is full bodied and conveys a velvety warmth on the palate. SRP $92 Premium Tasting 87 points.

2009 Talking Frog - Hefe-N-Vine Lager: This is a really fun little number, and was the last thing I tried before taking a tour of the grounds. It's 100% wine with Hefeweizen beer characteristics thrown into the mixture. It's just delightful and frothy, and has a nice head on it shoulders depending on how you pour it. A delicate touch of sweetness and the right amount of crispness to balance it out. They call it a dessert wine, umm not sure I would give it that designation, but it's great to pair with anything that's somewhat spicy, it would make the perfect compliment. Funny thing about it, is after drinking it you realize why they call it Talking Frog [burpage action] is what follows afterward. Wink-wink! SRP $18:00 Standard Tasting

Full Disclosure: As an invited guest of Briar Rose, my tasting fees were waived and I left with a sample of their 2004 Petite Verdot.

Pricing and where to Purchase: I've seen comments about their pricing online and thought I would add my two cents; their prices on the Premium wine tasting list do seem to be a bit excessive when compared to similar wines from regions that have more [how should I say this] gravitas, while the wines from the Standard List are well within what I would call normal tasting room prices and offer the consumer a fair price for the value given. As far as places you are able to purchase these wines, there are one of two ways that can happen, either through the tasting room or you can purchase from their wine shop and have them direct ship it to you.

My Recommendations: This is one of the "hidden gems" of the Temecula Valley wine scene and one not to be missed. So make an appointment and check it out for yourself, you won't be disappointed by the caliber of their wine or the friendliness of their staff and it's a great place to just sit back relax and sip on some winetastic vino. I really liked the 2004 Cabernet and thought it was best of what I tasted that day overall and would recommend getting a few bottles of the "Talking Frog" because at it's price point it encourages a case purchase. By the way I did purchase some Talking Frog to take home for myself.

Other Voices:  Michael N. of Temecula had this to say, "This is a winery for aspiring and experienced connoisseurs or people that can tell good wine from great wine." and several International and National Wine Competitions Judges have awarded Briar Rose Winery 51 wine awards between 2007 and 2009 in local, national, and international wine competitions.

Okay I learned something new about finding aromas in the glass, check out the video and please tell me what you think, I know it's a bit noisy in the background, so you have to listen carefully. [I've never heard this any where else, but there seemed to be something to it]

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Not your Father's Cognac: Belle De Brillet, Poire Williams Au Cognac and Cigars

Time to hop into the wine-wagon once more, this time our travels will take us over to the wonderful region of France, called Cognac.

Let's face it, when it comes to the vine and wine-making, the French stand alone. No other country has the breadth of history, nor can they beat France in terms of its quality or the sheer volume of diversity in the types and styles of wine.

France is the template and the standard bearer in the wine-making world. I know some may want to argue this point, feel free to do so, but don't miss out on this wonderful introduction to possibly adding Cognac to your bars line-up.

While many of its regions like, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne are the most obvious and well known, for producing rare and highly sought-after wines, nearly as expensive as the rising price of gold. Places like Cognac can be overlooked by the casual drive-by wine drinker, so don't miss the forest for the trees. Today's Cognac is much more than just a lush spirit to be sipped after dining out at your favorite restaurant, it's a experience waiting to happen.

If you step out of the wine-wagon for just a moment to take a look around France's wine-strewn landscape there are just as many obscurities as there are outstanding values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country and this is one of those gems, I will being sharing with you today in this review of Belle De Brillet, Poire Williams Au CognacEven though the CCWB is predominantly a "wine-review" blog, it's not much of a stretch for a review of this wondrously pleasing libation.

Mix it up: Maybe you got a bottle of Cognac as a gift, you're thinking "I really don't want to drink it neat, I'd like to mix it up" so what's the answer? In today's technosavvy world comes the familiar refrain "there's an app for that" and the folks at the Cognac Summit would love to help you mix it up, with their IPhone app. Which provides the everyday cork-dork with the most contemporary and classic mixed Cognac recipes drawn from critically-acclaimed sources spanning two centuries. Sounds like a great app, I'd give it a swirl.

Not your father's Cognac: It's time to say good-bye to its stodgy old image, by shedding its snobby smoking-jacket  image [think Captain Nemo] as a country-club spirit and tossing aside the idea that it's only a rich-man's drink. Oddly enough it's finding itself mentioned in rap songs and being mixed in a new wave of innovative cocktails by mixologists [aka bartenders] coast to coast [hello Sidecars].

Sweet Side of Cognac: While this particular Cognac I'm reviewing today is a little different the the average Cognac you may have encountered. Because one, it comes in a pear shaped bottle, which lends itself to the second part, this cognac is infused with about 20lbs [on average] of Poire Williams pears per 750ml bottle. I have had the chance to sample other well known cognacs, which were more on the leaner, more rustic-side of the equation, as Belle De Brillet, Poire Williams Cognac is just a touch on the sweet-side, a nice step-up from Port.

Cognac Today: The region consists of six cru appellations, when tallied up equal about 185,000 acres where cognac is produced from the regions distinctive, chalky limestone soils, translated wonderfully in each sip. Today's top Crus in order of quality are Grand Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois Bon Bois and Bois Ordinares and as with table wines each region is designated on the bottle's label. The grapes are still traditionally harvested in October, where they under-go two distinct distillations.

The first being called brouillis [slightly cloudy liquid] and during the 2nd distillation a master-distiller separates alcohol vapors, where a clear spirit emerges.

When the 2nd distillation is complete the white-wine, [which the French call "eau de vie" or the water of life] the cognac is transferred to oak casks made of 100 year old Sap and Heartwood trees, where it will stay for 2 years. This old-wood is what transforms this clear liquid into wondrous amber/golden yellow color we have come to know and love. Of course if it's allowed to more time to barrel-age, [unlike table wine, Cognac does not age in the bottle] you'll see a lot more amber than gold.

After the cognac is summoned from its slumber, the master-blender will determine the blend and bottle a "consumer-ready" cognac of with a minimum ABV of 40%.  Since Poire Williams Au Cognac is not a pure varietal version of Cognac, it does not have to meet this ABV requirement as it weighs in a bit south of that number.

Blending: Each Cognac blend will comprise 100 or more different lots of eau de vie [water of life]. Now this is where an important distinction lies in this process I've described above, in order for Cognac to be labeled "Cognac" that process must be completed by the end of March or it will be labeled a brandy [a poor mans cognac], because while all cognac is brandy, not all brandy is cognac.

Spirt in Review: Belle De Brillet, Poire Williams Au Cognac

Swirly-Swish: In the glass it goes, but just a couple ounces this a something to savor; beautiful golden amber colored core and a light yellow rim and a viscous glass clinging legs, which slow stream down the sides of the bowl.

Sniffy-Sniff: Okay folks this is the very best part, if someone could put this smell into an aerosol can, folks would buy it by the truck-load. Leaping from the glass are some wonderfully seducing aromas of pear, smoke. Well integrated oak-ageing imbued flavors lapping at my palate, such as vanilla, fruits and floral, toast with a definite nose-full of alcoholic vapors, which can be alarming to newcomers and a delight to veterans. Long after this delightful libation has left the glass, the aromas linger on and on.

Sip and Slurp: Wow the very first time I had this was at the Wine Vault and Bistro here in San Diego who gave me a complimentary sample glass. It was mouth-filling and rich, but also delicate and fresh. I was totally blown away by how smooth it was, coating my palate with lush highly refined notes of yumminess [apt descriptor]. I was expecting it to be somewhat "hot" like the nose, but nope just what I would call "refined elegance" and penetrating deep into my palate. I definitely got the notes of ripe pears, caramel and Creme Brulee.

The Grapes: Many folks wonder if Cognac is this wine or spirit, the answer really is yes, it is both. Made from grapes very unfamiliar to the casual wine-drinker, but still part of the vitis-vinifera family. The grapes of Cognac are not your everyday household names, nope it's the Ugni Blanc [most widely planted], Folle Banche and Colombard and in the case of Poire Williams au Cognac, about twenty pounds of Poire Williams pears are macerated and thrown into each bottle.

Brillet Distillery: The "Bouilleur de Cru" distillery reserved exclusively for the production from Brillet's own vineyards. From December to March the casual observer can see the delicate traditional operation of Distillation Charentaise (2 times) in the Traditional Charentais Pot Still made from pure copper in a ritual unchanged since the 17th century. The Brillet cellars assure the slow metamorphosis of the pure Eau de Vie de Cognac but not without the heavy tribute in evaporation called "La past des Agnes". In order to guarantee the best original quality of the two Premiers Grand Crus of Cognac, the Brillet cognacs are produced, aged in oak barrels and bottled separately "unblended".

Price and Where to Buy:  I found it at the Wine Vault and Bistro here in San Diego, but there a number of places online where you can purchase this very tasty libation. It's selling anywhere between $35 and $50 and comes in a 750ml size, very reasonable price for something that will last you 6 months to a year. Just as reminder many wine stores will not carry this simply because they don't have the license necessary to sell spirits, good to know before you go. Even if your favorite retailer has it stock, most likely it's not an item that will have a lot of depth in their inventory.

Recommendation: This is a fantastic libation to have around the house at all times, since it's something you will be sipping over a period of months and not days. It makes for a great after dinner drink to sit back and enjoy with friends and some cigars or just to sip on its own. Makes for a wonderful any-time quaff, neat, chilled or on the rocks and can easily be stored in the pantry without worrying about spoilage.

What's the Score: Hey point seekers here's my score if your interested, I scored this cognac 95 points on the CCWB 100 point scale, it is a rock solid well made product, that will not disappoint.

Other Voices: This is the spot where, I like to let an echo of sorts confirm my enthusiasm. So I dug up this reference from the folks over at Wine Enthusiast who to my amazement, concurred with my thoughts about the Poire Williams Au Cognac, who put this wondrous-elixir in the score neighborhood of 96-100 points, proving that even the folks over at WE can occasionally recognize a wonderful libation, when they taste one.

Pairing Cognac and Cigars: This is one of my favorite pairings and of course not in the traditional sense, thinking about the word pairing [matching food and wine]. That said, Cigars and Cognac are as old a combination as Napoleon and Josephine. Which begs the question; which cigar and which Cognac? According to Cigar Aficionado, "A light panetela would be as inappropriate with 30-year-old XO Cognac as a Muscadet is with a saddle of venison." well said and I would have to say I completely agree with the sentiment, thus choosing correctly is paramount to maximize your experience.

Max Cointreau, chairman of Cognac Pierre Frapin had this comment on the subject of pairing cigars and Cognac, "There are a range of Cognacs for cigars, such as a lighter VSOP with milder cigars, but any Grande Champagne Cognac can be good with a cigar". Similarly, master blender Jean-Marc Olivier recommends Courvoisier Napoleon as an excellent choice for all cigars.I find that I tend to agree with both of those recommendation, but in my experience the Poire William Au Cognac also makes for a "spot-on" companion to a majority of cigars, but my favorite is the Monte Cristo number four. Just like the wine treasures you take the time to collect, great cigars need a place to call home, stored properly and a well made Cigar Humidors will definitley you get you there.

The Belle De Brillet, Poire Williams Au Cognac, is one of France's most classic and great liqueurs, it's the original blend of Brillet Cognac and the essence of Pears Williams [Poires Williams]. The perfectly matured pears are carefully selected and picked at the peak of ripeness, where they are then macerated, then blended with Fine Brillet Cognac where it becomes a silky, fragrant nectar to imbibe upon So until next time sip-long and prosper, cheers!
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