• Oregon Pinot Noir

    Last year I was fortunate to attend a seminar here in New York City entitled, "The Multiple Personalities of Oregon Pinot Noir." It was in part responsible...


  • New York Tasting Alert, April 13th


  • Blasted Church

    Recently I was searching for some wine labels to use in an article and I came across artist Chris Sickels, who created the wine labels for the British...


  • How to Calculate the Alcohol Content of Cocktails

    If you're like us, you're more interested in drinking than doing math. However, for home mixologists who want to geek out, here's a little simple cocktail...


  • 8 Great Wines of Portugal's Alentejo

    The Alentejo is the heart of Portugal, centrally located with rolling hills pushed up against the border with steamy Spain. This broad, relatively...


  • Portuguese Reds

    I’ve been a big fan of the red wines of Portugal for years and they continue to impress me not only for the sheer quality, but also for the value. So many...


  • Festa del Barolo

    This past weekend I was fortunate to be able to attend Antonio Galloni’s Festa del Barolo. Antonio, in case you did not know, is the rising star of the...


  • New Wine Scoring System!

    In a surprise announcement scheduled for Monday, several major wine review journals will unveil a tweak to the established 100-point wine rating scale. With...


  • 15 Top Barolos

    These notes are from a March 2011 tasting that was organized by The Wine Advocate’s Antonio Galloni. We tasted along with 15 of Piedmont’s top producers...


  • 12 Great Chardonnays

    2007 Perception Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard 14.3%, $55: Lots of caramel and smoky hickory nuts and raw almonds on the nose over floral-tinged...


  • Chardonnay Spring Lineup

    With the weather warming up (even if erratically), it’s definitely time to begin to add more white wine back into our daily rotation. It’s not quite time...


  • Black Rose

    With spring ever so tentatively upon us, why not turn to blooms for drink inspiration this season? And if you're looking for a twist on the classic vodka...


  • Cool-Climate Wines from California

    Greg La Follette. It’s a name you might know and if you’re a fan of California wine, it’s a name you should know. Greg has spent time developing and...


  • 7 Great Wines from La Follette

    2008 Lorenzo Vineyard Russian River Valley Chardonnay: Smoky and nutty on the nose with a rather assertive vanilla bean overlay and lots of acid-driven,...


  • Cheeky Wine Labels

    Wine is supposed to be fun, right? Well, that's what I've been preaching, and while I fully recognize that there is a time for solemnity while exploring...


  • Drink Recipes That Glow

    I'm often asked how to make glow-in-the-dark cocktails. This can't really be done, but you can make blacklight reactive drinks and use glow-in-the-dark...


  • Pioneering Winemaking in Oregon

    Brooks Wines, and in particular its late founder, Jimi Brooks, have together had a profound impact on the Oregon wine scene. He was a native Oregonian who...


  • 12 Top Wines from Brooks

    2008 Amycas 13.1%, $15: Very aromatic with notes of honey, sage and lychee. In the mouth, this shows great tension with a slightly nutty core with bright...


  • Wine of the Week

    With all the focus on upcoming vintages, I thought it was time to look at a less well known Bordeaux from the highly acclaimed 2005 vintage. This value,...


  • What We've Been Reading

    I've been trying my hardest to convince people that lots of wine experts are living in a fantasy world. Now that's not a universal indictment, but the truth...


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