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Who would have thought to put a producer known for being one of the bastions of traditional winemaking in Piedmont against another producer who is famous for eschewing the old ways, being one of the most forward-thinking, often labeled “Modern,”…

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Every spring, as the temperatures start to feel a little more like summer, I crave seafood. In fact, it’s one of my favorite times of the year, as Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc start to return to my table and a…

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It’s been twelve years now since I first started down the path to better understanding wine. It was simply a passion at first, which somehow turned into a never-ending quest for knowledge. In that time, there are specific “truths” that…

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It’s funny how things can come full circle. I clearly remember the release of 2005 Bordeaux and all the hype surrounding it. I remember Robert Parker raving about the strength of the vintage and how it would go down in…

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The northern Rhone has received a lot of love on these pages, but today I want to swing down to the south and talk about one of the most exciting wines I’ve tasted in a long time. Surprise, surprise—It’s not…

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  Kabinett, Spatlese, Auslese, GG, Fienherb and Trocken–what does it all mean? In my opinion, German Riesling can be one of the most confusing categories in the world of wine. At a recent tasting, I asked a producer, “What’s the…

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I can’t drink Amarone every day. It’s a wine of hedonism and luxury which can nearly overwhelm the senses—yet stops just short of going overboard. However, you tend to know it when the time for Amarone arises; in fact, you…

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People are always asking for tips to improve their wine buying, storing and drinking experiences. With this in mind, I felt it was time to put these thoughts up on the blog. We all have to start somewhere, and it…

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Sitting across from Chad Melville while sipping a Samsara Pinot Noir, and the biggest question in my mind is, why haven’t I tasted these wines before? It’s no secret that I have become a fan of the new style of…

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A while back, I polled a number of experienced Barolo collectors for their choice of the best vintage of the ‘90s. These days, we seem to have a great vintage every year, if not every other year, with ‘06, ’08,…

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I have recently noticed a drastic change in my cellar, collecting, and drinking habits. This change didn’t happen overnight; instead it was a slow transition; one that I don’t believe I was even willing to admit to myself until recently….

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Now in its fifth year, the annual In Pursuit of Balance (IPOB) tasting, which took place on February 23rd in New York City, has certainly proven that the way we think about California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay has changed, and in…

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I have to admit, before working with Morrell, I never paid much attention to the Hospices de Beaune. Frankly, I had grown used to being let down by gimmicks in the industry. Specially labeled wines made through a collaboration of…

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The landscape for Sangiovese has changed drastically in Tuscany. There was a time when Brunello was the only game in town, and Chianti was too variable to trust. However, in 2003, when Italian authorities put Brunello under the microscope for…

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I’ve been tasting a lot of young Barolo lately, which isn’t always an enjoyable thing to do. Yet here we are, just a day away from the 2015 La Festa del Barolo in NYC, where trade and enthusiasts alike will…

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It’s cold in New York. We all hustle to and from work wearing as many layers possible. Trudging through the snow and digging out parking spots. I look longingly into my backyard, dreaming of summer, and thinking of how this…

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It’s not often that a vintage fully lives up to the hype we hear when the words from critics are “Best Vintage Ever!” A perfect example is 2000 Barolo, the Wine Spectator 100-point vintage, which has dissatisfied collectors for over…

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In my opinion, single-malt Scotch is the most stimulating yet polarizing spirit being made in the world today. Some people will immediately disregard it, while others obsess over it, quite similar to fine wine. Much of this has to do…

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It’s time to put away the preconceptions and admit to the fact that Barbaresco can be just as great as Barolo. I’ve been a fan of Barolo for as long as I’ve been into wine. It’s just something about its…

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Dark, rich, earthy, spicy, herbal, fruity, and with the ability to age: the many different shades of Syrah can fit everyone’s tastes. You just need to know what you’re looking for. Not too long ago, Syrah couldn’t be considered a…

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