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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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I really do look forward to this time of year and the creation of my list of the top wines of the year. For one thing, it’s a great feeling to share these discoveries with you, but also because I…

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One thing that I never order when eating out is meatballs. Why? In my opinion, meatballs are one of the most underplayed components of almost every Italian restaurant’s menu. I’m not saying that everyone gets them wrong, but the fact…

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It’s not typical that a white wine would inspire you as the months grow colder and we find ourselves only days away from the start of the holidays, but that’s simply because most white wines have very little in common…

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Visionary winemakers only come along once in a great while, especially in a region like Piedmont, where tradition is now of the utmost importance. From the ashes of the Barolo wars, where modernist and traditionalist faced off, we have found…

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You have to give credit where credit is due. This is the phrase that comes to mind while tasting the 2010 Macari Cabernet Franc. Why? Well, for one thing, I had spent a good amount of time thinking that Cabernet…

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How can you possibly follow up a year like 2010 in Barolo? The proclaimed, best modern vintage has had collectors stockpiling wines in fear that they might miss the boat on the last of the ‘10s to hit the market….

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It’s that time of year, and if there’s one thing I can always depend on, it’s that serving anything made with pumpkin will make people swoon. Why? Nostalgia  Nostalgia is one of the most powerful tools in the chef’s arsenal….

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At this point, if you have not heard about the 2010 vintage in Brunello di Montalcino, then I must ask—what rock have you been living under? The fact is that we have been bombarded from all sides by every critic,…

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This is a question that I’m asked often. The reality is that, for us mere mortals, tasting the top wines from around the world is something that we can usually only dream of. Typically I’d answer this question with the…

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