Hungarian Rosé Six Pack is All I Want, Forever

Posted on: October 23rd, 2018 by
Tamás Dúzsi Hungarian Rosé Six-Pack

I was introduced to the Dúzsi Tamás winery and its Hungarian rosé menagerie thanks to fellow Greenpoint resident and ace wine entrepreneur Athena Bochanis. (We were introduced by Madeline Puckette of Wine Folly fame. Thank you, MP!) Athena started a company called Palinkerie Fine Hungarian Imports in 2o13, forgoing a career as a lawyer. I’d [More]

Luzón Verde is a Go-To Organic Spanish Red Wine Bargain

Posted on: October 7th, 2018 by
Old vines at Bodegas Luzón in Jumilla, Spain.

Sometimes when I go to a big wine tasting event like Spain’s Great Match, it’s all about cramming as many new wines into my maw as possible. (RESPONSIBLY.) But often the most memorable tastes are when I revisit an old vinous friend. I fondly recall selling the Luzón Verde, a Spanish red wine made from [More]

Paso Robles Wine From Two Sides of the Same Coin

Posted on: October 4th, 2018 by
A lovely view of Paso Robles wine country.

Attended not just a class but a Masterclass no less about Paso Robles wine. It’s a region I visited a couple years ago and had a great time soaking in its low-key charms and surprising wines. This learning session was helmed by Master Sommelier Alexander LaPratt with able assists from Jason Haas (master of Google [More]

How to Open the Doors of Portception

Posted on: October 3rd, 2018 by
A fine view for drinking Port wine at Quinta dos Malvedos.

With (deep) apologies to William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell along with Aldous Huxley’s The Doors of Perception and the Doors of “Peace Frog” and more: If the doors of Portception were cleansed every thing would appear to people as they are, Infinite. For people have closed themselves up, till they see all [More]

Maybe I Should Be Less Judge-y About Alcohol Levels in Wine

Posted on: October 1st, 2018 by
Spooky vines at Odfjell in Chile.

A while ago I was having a phone conversation with a winemaker. I remarked on a Chardonnay (made by said winemaker) I enjoyed with a listed ABV of 14.5%*. The dialog about wine alcohol levels went something like this: Me: “I really dug that Chard, was surprised it was so good with the alcohol that [More]

Headed to Portugal: Boats, Trains and Planes

Posted on: September 22nd, 2018 by
The terraced vineyards of Quinta do Tua, party of Symington Family Estates.

Greetings from the Newark Liberty International Airport, good ol’ EWR. I’m waiting to board a flight to Lisbon then Porto for a media trip sponsored by Symington Family Estates. It’s my first visit to Portugal in (gasp!) six years. What will I be doing while I’m there? I’m glad you asked. My first full day [More]

Australian Chardonnay Comparative Tasting

Posted on: September 18th, 2018 by
Tumbarumba Wine Region

I was invited to attend an Aussie wine seminar (thanks, Wine Australia!) and I didn’t know what the topic was until I sat down. I was delighted to see I’d be undertaking a comparative (blind) tasting of Australian Chardonnay. Since it was put on by Wine Australia, a bunch of the wines were going to [More]

François Villard Makes the Ultimate Viognier For Under $30

Posted on: September 17th, 2018 by
The François Villard Viognier is flat-out delicious.

I’m grateful when I get to go to big wine trade tastings, but they can be overwhelming. One hundred-plus tables, many of them crowded with clamoring masses, yearning to drink taste free. My advice is to go in with a battle plan. Study that spiral-bound playbook you get on arrival! But sometimes it’s dumb luck [More]