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Where has all the Malbec Gone?

Surveying the changing Malbec landscape.

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 through clonal selection, cropping, or vintage character still display it. In its place we’re increasingly finding the fruit that consumers have grown to expect from their wines. Not enough fruit? Not a very good wine.And that’s where malbec is headed. Hurtling towards the abyss of blackness, in grave danger of losing what was once it’s calling card. It’s not a situation unique to malbec of course, but Malbec, much like Shiraz before it is the current poster child for the dumbing down of wine. There is of course hope and reason to remain positive about the prospects for Malbec, but as $8 bottles turn into $12 bottles, and $12 bottles...

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Cellar of the Month April 2014

A traditional look draws you in to this classic cellar

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

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Tasting Portuguese Gems

Highlights from ProWein - Touring the Duoro

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 show, and it is just that, exclusive to the t...

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Wines We've Loved!

Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks

As we start the transition from winter to spring we’re enjoying wines that are a bit lighter, more white wines are creeping into the mix, and tannin is being replaced by acid as the driving force b...

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Syrah under $15

Its time to revisit value priced Syrah!

Apr 8 at 12:00am
Shiraz, or should I say Syrah? Either way, you have one of the world’s truly noble grapes, yet one that tends to cause a bit of confusion. The two names don’t help of course, or the fact that, in t... Read More »

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Getting to Know Il Palazzone

An Overview and Interview with Richard Parsons

Apr 7 at 12:00am
In conversations about better Brunello producers, it's usually not long before the name Il Palazzone comes around. This is a winery that produces consistently excellent Brunello Di Montalcino, and ... Read More »

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Getting to Know Carignane

An important blending grape trying to make a name for itself

Apr 3 at 12:00am
Carignan AKA Mazuelo, Bovale Grande, Cariñena and Carignane, is, for most wine lovers, a bit of an enigma. We know it’s out there, component in many blends, particularly from Spain and France, wher... Read More »

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Our Favorite Reds for Spring

The Wine Cognoscenti Recommend

Apr 2 at 12:00am
While we may have doubted it would actually arrive, springtime weather has now descended on much of the country, forgiving for a moment that dump of snow Long island’s east end received yesterday. ... Read More »

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The 100 Point Mouth

Science reveals the keys to tasting better.

Apr 1 at 12:00am
We’ve been doing it all wrong. That’s not surprising now is it? Well, what may be surprising is that researchers at Reykjavík’s School of oenology have discovered why the Nordic countries enjoy win... Read More »

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A First Look at Barolo 2010

Is the hype machine just spinning its wheels?

Mar 31 at 12:00am
I recently spent a few days in Piedmont getting a head start on my annual look at the latest vintage releases, which in this case are the very highly touted 2010s in Barolo. While the vintage is sh... Read More »

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From the Cellar: Terlan!

7 Decades of Amazing White Wines

Mar 27 at 12:00am
I am guilty. I Ignore too many wines but above all I ignore aged white wines, and that is a shame. White wines all to often serve a purpose; like lemon for fish or mint for lamb, we use them to ref... Read More »

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Five Best Bars for Boozing on a Budget

Where to go for great cocktails that wont break the bank!

Mar 26 at 12:00am
Being a booze enthusiast isn’t easy. Sure, you find yourself hopping from one bar to the next, sipping cocktails and spirits along the way and ending your night on a generally jolly note, and this ... Read More »

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Garnacha under $15

Seeing what $10 buys you when it comes to Garnacha

Mar 25 at 12:00am
Garnacha from Spain has emerged as one of today's great values in red wine. Much of the fruit responsible for the proliferation of new bottlings has come from old vineyards that until recently were... Read More »

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What's a Great Grenache?

Our Friendly Wine Experts Share Their Favorites!

Mar 24 at 12:00am
Tomorrow we will be reporting on a line up of value priced Grenache, but before we dig deeply among the less expensive examples of the grape we wanted to entice you with some the top Grenache picks... Read More »

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