• Pear Sake Martini

    Sake cocktails are delightful! This one uses fresh pear juice and dry vermouth for a late-winter twist on the Martini. I collaborated with Savvy Housekeeping...


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    Every so often South African wine gets props, but it seems like there has to be some external impetus to remind people of these often-wonderful wines. The...


  • Malbec in Argentina

    There's this moment -- it happens after you've looked out the window for too long -- when you realize the clouds aren't clouds, they're the Andes. Giant,...


  • COF2011: The Nail I Hang My Purpose On

    Driving back to the airport in a fog. After a week with my compadres it’s time to go back home. Leave Italy. Again. I have this thing I do when I am...


  • Subtraction by Addition?

    Confessionally, it’s always a touch disheartening when I realize just how integrated, how conglomerated global spirits are. Almost every time I read up on...


  • What Do You Want to Know?

    So, it's time once again for me to try and guess what it is our professional users want to read about today. As it turns out, this simple task is one of the...


  • Stoller Virtual Tasting Reminder

    Join me - Gregory Dal Piaz - and longtime Stoller Vineyards winemaker Melissa Burr for an exciting hour of virtual tasting! We'll be discussing clones, and...


  • Affordable French Wines

    Last week, I started a rundown of cellarable wine. I hate the term “collectible” -- they’re not freaking stamps, and you don’t collect cheese or...


  • A Little Bit of Malbec

    Malbec seems as though it is always preceded by the word "Argentine" these days, though the cringe-worthy alternative “Argentinian” is probably even more...


  • 6 Malbecs Reviewed

    2007 Seven Hills Walla Walla Valley Malbec 13.8%: Lovely aromas of violet, juniper and faint hints of rosemary emerge early on to be joined by a nice...


  • COF2011: Sauvignons and Ponca

    Sauvignon needs to mature slowly for it to show good aromas and structure, and the soil of COF is adapted to bring out the best in Sauvignon. The typical...


  • We're Waiting For You at Stoller

    We're tasting Oregon Pinots from two of the most exciting vintages ever! Join me at Stoller Vineyards for a great virtual tasting with winemaker Melissa Burr...


  • David McDuff at I Clivi

    At the top of a hill in Corno di Rosazzo, just steps across the border from the Collio into the Colli Orientali del Friuli zone, lies the estate known as I...


  • Building and Bottling a Financial Model

    For our e-mail newsletter today, we’re going beyond the bottles. We’re taking a look at what drives financial models and how building your own can...


  • What We've Been Reading

    The reporting from Friuli by the COF2011 group is getting better and better. A group of wine writers is on the ground and visiting some of the most exciting...


  • Valentine's Day Champagne Cocktail Roundup

    Valentine's Day is the perfect occasion for a Champagne cocktail. They're versatile. You can make them sweet, dry, fruity, floral or spiced. Whether you're...


  • Pairing Wine and Chocolate

    Wine and chocolate is a mysterious pairing that seems to have starkly different results for different palates. Which, of course, is fine since the only match...


  • What Wine Goes With This Chocolate?

    White chocolate is, as we all know, not really chocolate at all but rather it’s a confection usually flavored with vanilla. This is ‘chocolate’ at its...


  • Nicolas Contenta in Friuli

    Today we feature a report from Nicolas Contenta that illustrates the broad range of wine, food and spirits in Friuli, Italy, you can expect to see reports on...


  • A Hug After Rough Secs

    Awoke yesterday morning with an extra lift in my somewhat overwhelmed step. A faintly cocky bounce on the tips of my toes in the knowing that I was going to...


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