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What’s become one of the highlights of my year is the tasting of new releases from BOND estate. This year it was the 2012 vintage that was under the microscope. To just say that I’m impressed would be a serious…

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Caponata is a vegetarian dish that’s centered around eggplant and fresh, harvested vegetables. It’s a celebration of produce and on the palate obtains a melding of fresh, salty, and sweet flavors that truly makes it a celebration for your taste…

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(The following write-up and reviews are the result of two days’ worth of focused tastings with Marc di Grazia.) When asked if I would be interested in attending a ten-year retrospective of Terre Nere, my response was a resounding YES!…

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I remember the early days of my exploration into Italian wine, and to this day, it’s interesting to think about the effect it had on me. You see, I was very new to wine at the time. Don’t get me…

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Taking lunch at Gotham Bar and Grill with Cyril Chappellet, of the historic Chappellet winery, is an experience I will not soon forget. As Napa Valley is always in a state of flux, it’s refreshing to hear the words of…

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It’s been a long road for Austrian wine, as one of the most dynamic, informative and constant marketing campaigns that I have ever witnessed continues to push strong against misinformation and bad reputations of the past. Don’t get me wrong;…

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Produttori del Barbaresco has often been called the greatest value in age-worthy wine. For the longest time, there was no contest to this statement. However, today the wines continue to go up in price and rarity. That said, Produttori Riservas…

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With Les Printemps de Chateauneuf right around the corner, and the recent passing of the iconic Henri Bonneau, I find myself thinking quite a bit about Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Like many others, I found my way to Châteauneuf-du-Pape through the words of…

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Many years ago, as a lover of Barolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, and–let’s face it–all things Piedmont, I walked into one of my favorite retailers on a Saturday morning with the intention of browsing their selection. Instead, I was greeted to an…

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There’s something about the onset of spring that screams for Primavera sauces. Look up the word Primavera in an Italian dictionary, and the translation will be “In Spring”. Fresh vegetables and herbs are exactly what we crave as the weather…

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Plus a producer who’s already ahead of the game. Since the beginning, I have always counted myself as a fan of traditionally-styled Barolo. As I began this journey to better understand the region, its vineyards, and its producers, it has…

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Ask a wine lover about wineries on the North Fork, and chances are that Paumanok will be recommended first. A family-run operation, Paumanok has been producing wine on the North Fork since 1983. With 127 acres under vine, this winery…

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Most people avoid blind tasting like the plague, and trust me when I say that I understand completely. The fear of failing in front of your peers and of possible ridicule can keep even the most knowledgeable wine drinker away…

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There’s a lot of talk about the 2013 vintage in Napa Valley. Many winemakers are saying that they have created their best wines to date from this near-perfect vintage. One winery in particular, which has already received 100-point scores from…

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The market has been waiting for the 2010 Brunello Riservas, with hopes that critics will go even further beyond the lofty scores of the regular ’10 Brunellos. However, I for one don’t believe they’ll get their wish. What do we…

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Benvenuto Brunello is always one of the events I look forward to each year. With both an in-depth seated tasting and a walk-around session, it is the best way to get a read on the newest vintage without visiting Montalcino…

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If you were to ask any of my friends or past clients about my specialty, they would quickly inform you that it’s risotto. However, it wasn’t always so. Long before my professional career and formal training, I was a cook…

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Somehow, among my friends, I’ve become the guy that always brings White Burgundy to tastings.  What can I say, there is simply something about white Burgs that once they have you, there’s no going back. Possibly it’s the depth and layers…

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Last week, I was happy to sit with a group of die-hard Barolo lovers and friends in what has become one of the greatest tasting groups I have ever had the honor of being a part of. Created on the…

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