A long weekend in the Northern Rhône would give us a chance to taste from the major producers—Chapoutier, Jaboulet Aîné, Guigal—and from a few of the smaller ones, too. The trip would serve as a kind of a reconnaissance, a chance to test, and sample, the waters, and to get a sense of what tasting wine in France is like.
Riedel vs. Eisch. One is an industry titan, with a successful family line of eight generations running the show. The other is a relative newcomer, only coming into the industry a little over 50 years ago. Let the wine-stem smackdown begin!