Champagne Henriot Makes for an Illuminating Evening

Posted on: November 12th, 2018 by
Champagne Henriot illuminated at National Sawdust.

As a sparkling wine fan(atic), pretty easy to say “yes” to a media event involving bubbles. And downright simple when it involves the finest of fizz from a producer I have been a longtime fan of: Champagne Henriot. I have to say, it’s nice to be able to walk to an event. In this case, [More]

How to Enjoy RAW WINE New York for a Week…and Beyond

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by
The crowd at RAW Wine New York in Bushwick

Hey, it’s time for RAW WINE New York! It’s the renowned natural wine fair created and organized by Isabelle Legeron MW, taking place again in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s like natty wine’s prom, Super Bowl, and college reunion all rolled into one. If you can make it to the event Sunday or Monday (11/4 and 11/5), that’s awesome! [More]

Blind Tasting Syrah in Reno with Mom

Posted on: October 25th, 2018 by
Blind tasting Syrah turns up some new favorite bottles.

You ever fly across the country just to conduct a wine tasting? Well now I can say I have. I jetted to Reno to lead my mother and about a dozen of her neighbors through an evening of blind tasting Syrah. Of course the main reason was to see my mom, duh, because I am [More]

Hungarian Rosé Six Pack is All I Want, Forever

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

I found out about 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!) In 2013, Athena started a company called Palinkerie Fine Hungarian Imports, bringing in many cool and exciting wines. [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]