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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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Luca Currado of Vietti winery just left the office, having brought a lineup of Vietti wines to taste. Vietti winery has been trailblazing in Piedmont, Italy for many decades and now is considered one of the very top producers of…

Rhys has quickly risen to fame producing what many believe to be the new reference point for Pinot Noir in California today. I can tell you that I’ve been a fan for years. Their single vineyard bottles are already enjoying…

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As a warning, the following prose and tasting notes detail an experience which could be described as a wine lover’s dream come true. The path to understanding Burgundy may result in a life-long obsession, which could take priority over everything…

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Greenhook Ginsmiths: American Dry Gin It took two brothers from Brooklyn with a little vision and a lot of passion. This is a truly artisanal Gin, distilled in Greenpoint Brooklyn, N.Y. and delivering some of the most gorgeous aromatics you…

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Seldom do we have the chance to taste the greatest wines in the world. For years I’ve been assembling tastings, procuring bottles and creating menus, and each time it’s a painstaking process. However, it’s the end result which makes it…

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Almost every Barolo and Barbaresco lover remembers that “ah-ha” wine. You know what I mean. It was the one that set you on this course and left you hungering to know, to taste, and to understand more about Barolo. Maybe…

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