(512)868-8277 408 North Austin Avenue
Georgetown, TX 78626-4200
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  • America’s first vertical tasting of the fine wines of Podere Sapaio from Bolgheri in Coastal Tuscany took place at my restaurant, Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson, NJ, this past year. Owner, enologist Massimo Piccin was present and told us, “We are wine. We are men and women winemakers who transform grapes into wine by means of our know-how, our... Read More

    From the article Vertical Wine Tasting is Revelatory

  • October is National Pasta Month. And of all the Italian culinary products, pasta best exemplifies Italy’s dynamic personality. Sauces vary as do the hundreds of shapes and sizes. All are rich in history and tradition. Pasta dishes are local and seasonal, usually easy to prepare, lively and fun. The height of pasta’s elegant artistry is manifeste... Read More

    From the article Pasta and Wine, Part One

  • Montalcino is a beautiful medieval hilltop village just 40 miles south of Siena, on the ancient roadway to Rome. It is dominated by a castle, called La Fortezza, which doubles as an enoteca and wine shop. La Fortezza offers most of the wines of the zone, plus older vintages, as well as honey, olive oil, jams and the like. It also offers a breath... Read More

    From the article Time In a Bottle: 2010 Brunello di Montalcino

  • Mt. Etna is located in northeastern Sicily in the province of Catania. Viticulture on the lower slopes of Mt. Etna dates back millennia. We live, however, in an age where we want to know what you have done for me lately. That’s good news for Etna’s DOC wines. Winemaking on Europe’s most active volcano is hot, both literally and figuratively. Etn... Read More

    From the article The Magic of Mt. Etna

  • It always seemed odd to us that in Piemonte, the land of Barolo, the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings, we would always find a bottle of Barbera in front of us on the table. The answer was and is simple: Barbera is bountiful, versatile, delicious and moderate in price. The Piemontesi drink more reds than whites and almost 50% of the reds that ... Read More

    From the article The Rising Tide of Barbera

  • Yes, their wines surprised me. The chardonnay too. I expected nice wines certainly, but the finesse and complexity in these 2012s were impressive. I look forward to the 2012 Reserve PN, and it will be fascinating to track how they age. Perhaps one could attribute the complexity to vine age (many vines were pulled during the downturn, oldest curr... Read More

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  • To be honest, I don't have a favourite from Rochford because I can't say I was impressed with any of their wines. They're good drinking, BBQ quaffers.. but nothing outstanding.There are lots of other wines from the Yarra which offer much more in the same price bracket. Especially from the 2012 vintage. I guess that's one of the key differences: ... Read More

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  • You seem to like the pinot noir from this winery quite well. Would be interesting to hear more about their history with that varietal, as well as PN's experience as a whole in Oz! Don't hear so much about it, across such a large continent, except maybe down in Tasmania. NZ steals the show, as far as the world's knowledge of antipodean PN... Read More

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  • Rochford Winery hosts the biggest annual concert event in the Yarra Valley, A Day On The Green. Headline acts this year include Mariah Carey, Jimmy Barnes & The Living End, Paul Simon & Sting.It's one of the first big wineries that you'll pas by as you drive into the valley, and it's big enough to offer segway tours or a dawn balloon ride. Rochf... Read More

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  • An Australian leaf from LVMH’s portfolio, the little brother of Moet & Chandon, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot and the beautiful Krug. It’s almost like the outfit that the rest of the family kinda ignore. Not to be confused with Domaine Chandon in the Napa Valley, but they have the same parents anyway. Domaine Chandon does benefit from French winemaker... Read More

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