• Unheralded Zinfandel

    When we talk about Zinfandel we often tend to focus on those most familiar to us. Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, Amador County, and even Napa get their...


  • Soave for Summer

    The Veneto is home to some of the most profound red wines of italy. Of course we all know these wines, Amarone in particular but to a lesser extent...


  • We Have Met the Enemy

    I found myself reading Time magazine today, quite literally a found copy, and I was struck by how poor a magazine it has become. No longer satisfied with...


  • Chardonnay under $15

    Chardonnay is a pain in my ass. Really it is. I’ve mentioned it before, and it’s worth mentioning again. When I lead staff tastings in retail the...


  • The Greatest Wine You’ve Never Heard of?

    In my continuing coverage from this year’s prowein, additional information on which can be found here. I follow up today with a brief peek at one of the...


  • South African Chenin Blanc

    It’s time again to venture into the unknown in order to find some new wines for the coming summer season. Chenin Blanc may be best known in it’s home,...


  • The “New” California

    California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of course, all that is true but today we are seeing that free spirited attitude...


  • What I'm Liking in May 2014

    With summer on the way I've been writing more about white wines, and in particular fresh, crisp whites. Sauvignon Blanc has lead the way, asI expect it often...


  • The White Wines of Portugal

    Wine is a continuous journey of discovery. While there are always favorite wines to fall back on, change is good. Change is educational, and above all change...


  • Seven Super Syrahs

    And we’re back with another round of favorite wines from our favorite wine writers. Today we’re taking a look at Syrah, that misunderstood red wine that...


  • Bordeaux 2011

    I was recently able to taste through a broad selection of 2011 Bordeaux at this year’s ProWein event in Dusseldorf, Germany . For more information on...


  • There’s a new Chianti in Town

    Many of us think of Chianti as an expensive, everyday wine but of course the truth of the matter is much more complex than that, and it just got even more...


  • Sauvignon Blanc Under $15

    While we all have a wine that represents this change of season that we are enjoying I would argue that no wines does it so completely as Sauvignon Blanc. No...


  • Marcarini Barolo Brunate

    Barolo, while experiencing the greatest explosion of interest in its history, remains a bit of an enigma to many winelovers. The greatest wines have...


  • Organic and Under $15

    So you want to celebrate Earth Day do you? And what better way than with an organic/natural/biodynamic wine, am I right? Well, before we dive into the meat...


  • Cracking the Chianti Code

    Another in my series of reports focusing on the wines I was able to sample at the prowein event held in March of this year in Dusseldorf, Germany. Today...


  • Wines That Rang our Bell in March 2014

    Spring seems to have actually arrived here in the Northeast, and while the nights are still threatening us with near freezing temperatures we’ve broken...


  • Where has all the Malbec Gone?

    Almost fruity by design, because that’s what we know you like. The natural, slightly bitter character of Malbec is being obscured, in those examples that...


  • Cellar of the Month April 2014

    Another Monday, another gorgeous cellar. Take a minute and feast your eyes on this place. Located in Westchester County, NY, this cellar accomodates 2500...


  • Tasting Portuguese Gems

    In the coming weeks I’ll be writing up my experiences at ProWein 2014, the great Wine and Spirits show held in Dusseldorf Germany each year. This trade...


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