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My New Favorite Extra Brut Champagne? Jeeper Cuvee Naturelle

The Wine of the Week: Jeeper

by Annette Tomei

NV Maison Jeeper, Grande Cuvée Naturelle Extra Brut, Champagne, FranceNV Maison Jeeper, Grande Cuvée Naturelle Extra Brut

Great Story, Better Wine

Maison Jeeper was founded in 1949, just after World War II by Armand Gourtobe. M. Gourtobe came from a a family of high-quality Champagne producers. Read more


White Wine on Tap–Bota Box Sauvignon Blanc

The Wine of the Week: Bota Box Sauvignon Blanc

by Annette Tomei

2016 Bota Box Sauvignon Blanc (3L), Chilegreat white wine on tap from Bota Box |

Box wine – aka bag-in-a-box, cardbordeaux, chateauneuf du box, goon (if in Australia). Whatever you call it, the bad rap is totally unfounded (but you knew that already, right?).

Basically, the bag-in-the-box is the most reliable and economical way to preserve the integrity of wine from transport, to storage, to service.  And, as the market for “premium” boxed wines grows, Bota Box is one of the top-rated products on the market.

So, I had to give it a taste.

Guilt-free Convenience

I, like the majority of city-dwellers, live alone. I also believe in being as environmentally conscious as a city-dweller can be. Let’s add that I am quite fond of having a glass of wine at the end of a long day (with a delicious healthy meal!). I am on a tight budget, and hate to waste good wine. Hence, my long-held esteem for the bag in the box.

The great news – with Bota Box (and a few others) those bags are now BPA-free plastic, and 100% recyclable, as are the boxes. A 3-liter box contains the equivalent of four 750-ml bottles, and it weighs significantly less. The box takes up much less space in my too-full refrigerator, and it keeps my daily pour fresh (no damage from light or air) for at least a month.

But, more importantly, how does it taste?

About this Wine

At first approach, aromas of ripe pear and melon were accompanied by the fresh pungent green of chopped cilantro. These faded to basic, but pleasant, aromas of zesty citrus. On the palate, there is more body than I expected – full and round juiciness, with flavors of astringent grapefruit, ripe honeydew melon, and a touch of minerality.

I recommend you pour small amounts directly from the fridge so it stays cold in your glass – this wine is most enjoyable ice cold. Once it warms it loses some of its liveliness, but remains enjoyable.

Though perfectly good on its own, this wine is a good match for hummus and veggies, falafel sandwiches, grilled chicken fajitas, and similar fare.

The Verdict

I’d rate this as a $8-$9/bottle wine. For approximately $25 for 3-liters (the equivalent of 4 bottles), it’s like buying three and getting one free – a great deal. Bota Box also makes four other whites, eight reds (varietal and blends), and a dry rosé. I’ve heard good things about the Riesling, Old Vine Zinfandel, and Merlot, though I’ve not tried them personally. The rest are not as highly recommended.


My new mission… to taste things I’ve never tasted before – either because I’m a snob, I can’t afford it, or it’s just a little too weird. I’ll let you know what I thought, and then you can decide for yourself if you will make the splurge, or take the leap into the strange but potentially delicious unknown!

Annette is a food and beverage educator and consultant. She is also a professional chef who frequently contributes delicious recipes to She can be found at



Macari Syrah – a Rare Find on the North Fork of Long Island

The Wine of the Week: Macari Syrah

by Annette Tomei

2014 Macari Syrah, North Fork AVA, Mattituck, NY, USA

Syrah – a Rare Find on Long Island

The Syrah grape, also known as Shiraz, is most common in the Rhone Valley of France and eastern Australia. It thrives in the most challenging soil conditions and climates, and requires hot weather to ripen evenly. Read more

Discover Drouhin Both Old World and New

amy reiley

Woman on Wine with Amy Reiley

Every once in a while I’m inspired to dedicate my monthly column to a single vintner or winery or, in this case, legendary wine family. Joseph Drouhin founded an estate in Burgundy in 1880. Read more


Tintero Rosato – Pink from the Land of Barolo

The Wine of the Week: Tintero Rosato

by Annette Tomei

NV Cantine Elvio Tintero Rosato, Piedmont, ItalyTintero Rosato for a refreshing, summer drink |

If you are keeping track, you’ll see that I’ve been a little caught up on the wines of Italy lately… three of the past four posts, but who’s counting? There’s no particular reason for this beyond my personal affinity to all things Italian. That, and the fact that there are so very many different grapes and styles to choose from! Read more