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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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I could not have asked for more this holiday season. I spent my days surrounded by friends, celebrating with the team at Morrell, and let’s not forget, eating like a king and tasting great wine. Christmas Eve was particularly special…

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In the world of wine, I find that searching for the obscure and impossible-to-find bottles often results in much more satisfaction than tasting through large production, easier-to-find wines. I suppose this has affected me in much of what I do,…

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It’s that time again. 2014 is coming to a close, and the holidays are in full swing. I’m sorting through recipes for Christmas Eve, Christmas parties and New Year’s bashes. However, before I get too deep into things, I love…

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After a number of lackluster vintages, 2012 in the Sonoma Coast gave growers and winemakers exactly what they needed: a perfect growing season. Although yields were generally high, the best producers were well poised to make the right decisions in…

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It’s time to have a serious talk about Champagne. For years I avoided this category after being let down by too many lackluster pours at weddings and celebrations.  I honestly didn’t understand the appeal, as my mouth would fill with…

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Truly two of the greatest values in 2013 German Riesling are the Keller Von Der Fels and -RR-, which fall only slightly short of their higher-profile (and much more expensive) siblings from the Rheinhessen. Klaus-Peter Keller is considered a pioneer…

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The Holidays are here, and who wouldn’t like to get a bottle of great wine as a gift? For me, it’s pretty easy to pick out a bottle, as I spend my entire year tasting wines, thinking up recipes, cooking…

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It’s funny to think that after spending my entire life in New York City, I’ve never attended a Rockefeller Center tree lighting. Tourists come from all around the world to witness events like this. In fact, there were some waiting…

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2010 Barolo is driving me broke! In years past, I’d usually have no less than three cases of Barolo in the cellar by now. Unfortunately, with the average 20% increase on my typical value-buys, and my beloved single vineyard wines…

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Just as autumn puts in motion a craving for hearty red wine, when the temperatures drop and start to signal the onset of winter, I’m suddenly put in the mood for Scotch. For the wine drinkers out there who haven’t…

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My exploration of German Riesling has led me to Austria. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Just as German Riesling has become known for its tremendous value, Austria has garnered similar notoriety for its high level of quality. However, prices…

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