Here we are, a full year after the release of 2013 Barolo, a vintage that had a slow start with collectors as the media talked about a glut of wine in the pipeline, making it sound like there would be…

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Before even digging into the producer and wines that inspired me to write the following piece, let’s get something out of the way. Salt, fat and sugar. Three things that our society has been led to believe are purely evil….

Italy’s diversity is truly a special thing. The fact is that a wine lover could lose themselves in Italian wine. I often believe that I would have done just that had it not been for my involvement in the wine…

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It all started with the 2009 vintage. As an avid reader of Antonio Galloni on Vinous, I remember it well. What was originally a 93-95 point wine in a difficult vintage had suddenly been downgraded to a “?” in January…

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    I’m thinking back to one of my first real explorations of Napa Valley, to a time when I disregarded the region for its big fruit profile. It was the early-mid 2000s, and when someone would mention Napa Valley…

I talk a lot about people, families, terroir, and tradition. I touch on these topics in nearly everything that I write, which makes sense when you consider the raw ingredients that have proven time and time again to be the…

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Gaining a worldwide understanding of wine takes decades. You start in a region that we find enjoyment in, or a connection to, that prompts you to dig deeper and explore. Over time you expand your views, often to similar regions…

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  If you hadn’t already heard, terroir has transcended from the level of catch phrases used to sell wine or describe vineyards by the producers of Burgundy, to becoming a worldwide concept that is used and believed in by nearly…

  The future of California Cabernet is a point of discussion among vintners, retailers and sommeliers. This past week a panel discussion on the past, present and what we can expect going forward was held at the Blue Farm restaurant,…

What do we really want as collectors of Barolo and Barbaresco? We like to search for that perfectly matured wine, yet when we find it and we’re faced with stocking up versus investing in the next best vintage for the…

Dr. Ulli Stein of the Mosel has yet to find a German wine law that he hasn’t been able to work around in some way shape or form, having even gone to the highest courts of Europe to do so….

I can remember the excitement I felt, thinking back to the year that led up to the release of the 2008 Barolo vintage. I had been unimpressed with what I found from the 2007s, with only a handful of wines…

The cuisine of Piedmont is as close to my heart as its wines and its people.  There is something about the complete picture that this region represents, and when you manage to capture all of those components in one instance,…

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What a year it has been for Barolo lovers. Thinking back to this time last year and my first report on the 2013 vintage, I was thrilled to get the word out on what I believed to be one of…

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My first Jadot release tasting was many years ago, hosted by friends who were in the business. At that time I was working as a private chef and aspiring freelance food and wine writer. As I tasted through the range,…

The timing of the annual Benvenuto Brunello tasting is as dependable as the changing of the seasons. Each year, the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino brings producers together for a tour through Chicago and New York to show the…

The annual Union des Grands cru de Bordeaux tasting came to New York City this week, showcasing the 2015 vintage. For me, it was my first chance to taste through a vintage that up until this point I had only…

  Last year, I was fortunate to be able to visit each of the wineries under the umbrella of Tempos Vega Sicilia. This historic Ribera del Duero property had managed to elevate its brand and the importance of their wine…

As we all move through our personal exploration of wine, I feel that we often find ourselves wishing that we had paid more attention to one region or another much earlier on. To this day, my first love is still…

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Let’s talk about the classic producers of Piedmont. In my time as a writer, I’ve managed to focus on most of them–but certainly not all. Early on in my journey to understanding wine, I realized that there was something about…

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