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Carole Meredith and Steve Lagier don’t pay much attention to the ever-changing fads in Napa Valley, because they simply don’t need to. Speaking with Carole, you are quickly struck by the depth of knowledge and authority with which she speaks,…

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With the arrival of summer comes the desire for different tastes, lighter fare and less cooking time in the kitchen. For me, it also arouses a desire for tastes of the Mediterranean, of southern Italy and the flavorful versatility of…

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Without a doubt, one of the most exciting wine-producing regions today is Tuscany–or, to be more specific, Chianti Classico. I know that many of us long-time wine collectors would cock an eyebrow after reading this sentence. The fact is that…

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I’ve been tasting a lot of German Riesling over the last two weeks, as producers descended upon New York City to show off their wares and talk about the vintage. I must admit that these are some of my favorite…

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When we think of Sancerre, the first thing that comes to mind is a dry yet thirst-quenching Sauvignon Blanc with a nose of citrus and flint. Seldom do we expect more from this Loire Valley white. I’m as guilty of…

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You could say that Sangiovese is “The” Italian wine grape with a storied history going back to the 18th century and its earliest documented mention in 1590. It is also the most widely-planted red wine grape variety in all of…

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Pontet-Canet may just be the hottest Chateau in Bordeaux today. The fact that it is not a second growth, third, or even a fourth makes no difference. Alfred Tesseron, who took ownership in 1994, is determined to make Pontet-Canet one…

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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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