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Where to Wine in May

Soaking up some sun, great vintage, and regional treats!

May is almost upon us and with it comes some of the best wine events of the year, particularly if you live on the East coast. Now that’s something you don’t hear everyday. While the west coasts enjoys better weather, anda near unbroken string of attractive wine events year round, we on the East coast have to manage the weather, and inthis most recent case winter has been brutal and in fact as I write this, teased us with a (hopefully) finale dusting of snow just last night. That’s enough of that. Now let’s look forward. Forward to blue skies, sunny days, the wrap of incipient warmth and the cool creeping breezes of evenings that make this time of year perfect for partying.

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Organic and Under $15

Look what I found! Great Values in Natural wine!

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 of this subject let’s be honest with ours...

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Organic for Earth Day?

Are you just fooling yourself?

It being earth day tomorrow I thought this would be a fine time to explore attitude towards the whole organic/natural/biodynamic movement. I reached out to some wine professionals to get their opin...

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Cracking the Chianti Code

Chianti arrives, just perhaps not in 2011

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 we’re talking about Chianti Classico, soon t...

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Wines That Rang our Bell in March 2014

Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks

Apr 16 at 12:00am
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 through the 70 degree mark more than once and... Read More »


Where has all the Malbec Gone?

Surveying the changing Malbec landscape.

Apr 15 at 12:00am
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 vint... Read More »


Cellar of the Month April 2014

A traditional look draws you in to this classic cellar

Apr 14 at 12:00am
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,... Read More »


Tasting Portuguese Gems

Highlights from ProWein - Touring the Duoro

Apr 10 at 12:00am
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... Read More »


Wines We've Loved!

Our Favorite Wine Writers Share Their Picks

Apr 9 at 12:00am
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... Read More »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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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