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I recently had the opportunity to sit and taste with Barbara Sandrone, Luciano’s daughter and heir apparent to the Sandrone winery in Piedmont. The moment the appointment was offered to me, I knew that I couldn’t pass it up. The…

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Just over six years ago, a group of friends and collectors–myself included–assembled a 1990 Barolo retrospective tasting. I honestly didn’t know what to expect at the time because, only six years ago, the average Barolo collector looked down on the…

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Getting into wine is a lot of fun, especially when you have that first ah-ha moment. You know what I’m talking about; it’s that moment when someone puts a glass in front of you that changes the way you think…

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When heading back to Collisioni this year, the number one question on my mind was if I would have a chance to conduct a focused tasting of Aglianico del Vulture. To the average consumer, this may not seem like the…

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I’ve become aware of a serious problem in this country, one that affects 9 out of 10 wine lovers that I meet each day. It’s a deep rooted problem that stems from the media, dietary choices and lack of exposure….

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There I stood at JFK International Airport waiting to board my flight to Milan, part a long journey that would end in Alba for this year’s Collisioni Festival. My mood could best be described as apprehensive, as only two weeks…

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What an incredibly strange year that we’ve been having here in the Northeast. Typically I would be thinking non-stop about Rosé throughout the entire month of May. However, here we are halfway through June and I have only just started…

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If I had to name the producer and the wine most responsible for my introduction and continued love for Barolo and Piedmont, that name would be Vietti and the wine would be the Barolo Rocche. With the release of the…

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I’ve tried to wrap my head around it. Through the fourteen years that I’ve been delving deep into the world of wine, I have repeatedly tried to understand Napa Valley. I started like most of us, as I read through…

Outside of the best Grand Cru Burgundy and First Growth Bordeaux, there are very few wines throughout the world that can demand the pricing and drive collectors crazy the way that Vega Sicilia can. In fact, I believe it’s warranted…

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Being in some way connected to the wine business for over 17 years, I started to realize that there are some questions that I find myself answering over and over again. The fact is that there is so much to…

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I often talk about Barolo, and I am quick to add in a Barbaresco note or bottle to a tasting whenever I see fit. However, what you will hardly ever see in these pages is a tasting centered around Barbaresco….

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It’s amazing to think that my journey to understand wine is now verging on fifteen years long. Yet what’s even more amazing is that through it all, I started with Italy and continue to be both enamored by the wine…

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Thinking back to when I was first getting into Washington State wine, the name Leonetti was already firmly fixed as an icon of the region. This was over ten years ago, and somehow I spent most of that decade getting…

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The average person spends most of their youth trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives before having to make the ultimate decisions about college or graduate schools. These decisions define us in today’s world. Yet…

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There are names within the world of wine that every consumer-turned-wine enthusiast learn quickly as they begin to explore their vinous curiosities. Each region seems to have such a name–call it an icon–which somehow transcends more than just the place,…

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The Dry Riesling movement has been in full swing now for many years in Germany. While in U.S. markets, consumers still think of Riesling as an easy-going, off-dry white with a fun zing of acidity. The reality is that Germany…

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For the last two weeks NYC has been honored to host the who’s who of Piedmont for Antonio Galloni’s La Festa del Barolo, and with many of these producers came my first taste of 2013 Barolo from bottle. Let me…

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Welcome to Benvenuto Brunello 2017 The first time I heard a reference to the 2012 vintage was while tasting the 2010 Brunellos at Benvenuto over two years ago. The problem was that the 2010’s were so promising upon release, that…

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I’ve posted quite a few recipes that could take from an hour to six hours of preparation and usually with a decent hit to the wallet. So I got to thinking about the average person or aspiring cook in this…

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