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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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Another year of tasting is coming to a close, and as usual I feel an anxiety over listing my top wines before the very end of the year–since many of the best wines come out during the Holidays. However, for…

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The season is upon us and after eleven months of filling our own cellars, it’s time to think about friends and family. As a wine lover, I am most surprised by how seldom I’m given a wine-related gift. Often the…

In the past, I’ve shared my insights on Germany’s newest vintage releases in the late spring or summer, as I would wrap up my tastings of wines that were brought over by producers to taste with the media and industry,…

Rhone varieties in California are nothing new, even though many consumers are only now just being introduced to them. The fact is that quality-minded, passionate winemakers have been making these wines for quite some time, but over the decades they…

Fontodi has been on my short list of Italy’s top producers for quite some time now, starting with my first taste of the 1999 Vigna del Sorbo back in 2011. Having tasted younger vintages prior to that, I simply didn’t…

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I recently had the opportunity to sit and taste with Barbara Sandrone, Luciano’s daughter and heir apparent to the Sandrone winery in Piedmont. The moment the appointment was offered to me, I knew that I couldn’t pass it up. The…

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Just over six years ago, a group of friends and collectors–myself included–assembled a 1990 Barolo retrospective tasting. I honestly didn’t know what to expect at the time because, only six years ago, the average Barolo collector looked down on the…

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Getting into wine is a lot of fun, especially when you have that first ah-ha moment. You know what I’m talking about; it’s that moment when someone puts a glass in front of you that changes the way you think…

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When heading back to Collisioni this year, the number one question on my mind was if I would have a chance to conduct a focused tasting of Aglianico del Vulture. To the average consumer, this may not seem like the…

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I’ve become aware of a serious problem in this country, one that affects 9 out of 10 wine lovers that I meet each day. It’s a deep rooted problem that stems from the media, dietary choices and lack of exposure….

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There I stood at JFK International Airport waiting to board my flight to Milan, part a long journey that would end in Alba for this year’s Collisioni Festival. My mood could best be described as apprehensive, as only two weeks…

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What an incredibly strange year that we’ve been having here in the Northeast. Typically I would be thinking non-stop about Rosé throughout the entire month of May. However, here we are halfway through June and I have only just started…

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If I had to name the producer and the wine most responsible for my introduction and continued love for Barolo and Piedmont, that name would be Vietti and the wine would be the Barolo Rocche. With the release of the…

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I’ve tried to wrap my head around it. Through the fourteen years that I’ve been delving deep into the world of wine, I have repeatedly tried to understand Napa Valley. I started like most of us, as I read through…

Outside of the best Grand Cru Burgundy and First Growth Bordeaux, there are very few wines throughout the world that can demand the pricing and drive collectors crazy the way that Vega Sicilia can. In fact, I believe it’s warranted…

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Being in some way connected to the wine business for over 17 years, I started to realize that there are some questions that I find myself answering over and over again. The fact is that there is so much to…

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I often talk about Barolo, and I am quick to add in a Barbaresco note or bottle to a tasting whenever I see fit. However, what you will hardly ever see in these pages is a tasting centered around Barbaresco….

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It’s amazing to think that my journey to understand wine is now verging on fifteen years long. Yet what’s even more amazing is that through it all, I started with Italy and continue to be both enamored by the wine…

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Thinking back to when I was first getting into Washington State wine, the name Leonetti was already firmly fixed as an icon of the region. This was over ten years ago, and somehow I spent most of that decade getting…

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