Construction on our remodel and expansion project began this week! We're moving quickly, and it will make the next few weeks a little wild in the store, but it's going to be worth it. (Remind me of this while I'm tearing my hair out, will you?) Not only will we have more floor space and elbow room, but we'll also be expanding our cheese, food and beer selections. AND we'll have classroom space in the basement of the new space. Watch for some new classes in the fall. In the meantime, we'll be open for business as much as possible. Watch the web home page for updates on modified hours.
Just as construction begins, I'm taking off for France. (We didn't exactly plan it like this.) It's mostly a family vacation, but I'll also be tasting and doing vineyard tours with Gevry-Chambertin's Jean-Michel Guillon, sharing a family lunch with Philippe Plantevin, and making my first visit ever to Alsace to see Domaine Weinbach.
Probably the most important wine stop of the trip will be in the Puligny-Montrachet cellars of Sylvan Bzikot. Last January, I was swept off my feet by Sylvan's newest wine, a 2010 village Puligny-Montrachet from the vineyard Les Petite Nosroyes. Even though the wine hadn't finished malo yet, I was so enthusiastic by two of Sylvan's nine barrels of this wine that I bought them on the spot.
So, on Saturday morning while you're still sleeping, I'll be visiting Sylvan and tasting our young wine for the first time since January. If you sign up to follow our new Twitter feed, you'll be the first to know how it's coming along! And I'll get some info up here on our blog and/or Facebook page when I can as well.