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  If you hadn’t already heard, terroir has transcended from the level of catch phrases used to sell wine or describe vineyards by the producers of Burgundy, to becoming a worldwide concept that is used and believed in by nearly…

  The future of California Cabernet is a point of discussion among vintners, retailers and sommeliers. This past week a panel discussion on the past, present and what we can expect going forward was held at the Blue Farm restaurant,…

What do we really want as collectors of Barolo and Barbaresco? We like to search for that perfectly matured wine, yet when we find it and we’re faced with stocking up versus investing in the next best vintage for the…

Dr. Ulli Stein of the Mosel has yet to find a German wine law that he hasn’t been able to work around in some way shape or form, having even gone to the highest courts of Europe to do so….

I can remember the excitement I felt, thinking back to the year that led up to the release of the 2008 Barolo vintage. I had been unimpressed with what I found from the 2007s, with only a handful of wines…

The cuisine of Piedmont is as close to my heart as its wines and its people.  There is something about the complete picture that this region represents, and when you manage to capture all of those components in one instance,…

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What a year it has been for Barolo lovers. Thinking back to this time last year and my first report on the 2013 vintage, I was thrilled to get the word out on what I believed to be one of…

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My first Jadot release tasting was many years ago, hosted by friends who were in the business. At that time I was working as a private chef and aspiring freelance food and wine writer. As I tasted through the range,…

The timing of the annual Benvenuto Brunello tasting is as dependable as the changing of the seasons. Each year, the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino brings producers together for a tour through Chicago and New York to show the…

The annual Union des Grands cru de Bordeaux tasting came to New York City this week, showcasing the 2015 vintage. For me, it was my first chance to taste through a vintage that up until this point I had only…

  Last year, I was fortunate to be able to visit each of the wineries under the umbrella of Tempos Vega Sicilia. This historic Ribera del Duero property had managed to elevate its brand and the importance of their wine…

As we all move through our personal exploration of wine, I feel that we often find ourselves wishing that we had paid more attention to one region or another much earlier on. To this day, my first love is still…

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Let’s talk about the classic producers of Piedmont. In my time as a writer, I’ve managed to focus on most of them–but certainly not all. Early on in my journey to understanding wine, I realized that there was something about…

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Another year of tasting is coming to a close, and as usual I feel an anxiety over listing my top wines before the very end of the year–since many of the best wines come out during the Holidays. However, for…

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The season is upon us and after eleven months of filling our own cellars, it’s time to think about friends and family. As a wine lover, I am most surprised by how seldom I’m given a wine-related gift. Often the…

In the past, I’ve shared my insights on Germany’s newest vintage releases in the late spring or summer, as I would wrap up my tastings of wines that were brought over by producers to taste with the media and industry,…

Rhone varieties in California are nothing new, even though many consumers are only now just being introduced to them. The fact is that quality-minded, passionate winemakers have been making these wines for quite some time, but over the decades they…

Fontodi has been on my short list of Italy’s top producers for quite some time now, starting with my first taste of the 1999 Vigna del Sorbo back in 2011. Having tasted younger vintages prior to that, I simply didn’t…

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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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