Yearly Archives: 2016

Is There Terroir in Tea?

  The notion of terroir, that a finished wine has a sense of place and qualities shaped by the environment surrounding the grapes, is well-documented. I’ve even heard it talked about regarding coffee. But tea? Why not? I, unfortunately, know just enough about tea to be dangerous. So one of the first things I did as Senior [More]

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Hervé Villemade Cheverny: A Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay Blend That Works

This is wine number two enjoyed at The Four Horseman in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I’m a huge, enormous fanboy when it comes to the wines of France’s Loire Valley, but I must admit to not having a lot of wines from the Cheverny region. Defintely nowhere nearly as well known as, say, Muscadet or Sancerre. But [More]

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Rouletabulle is Chasselas Plus Fizz

When in Brooklyn at Williamsburg’s The Four Horsemen, it’s a guarantee that something unusual and unexpected will end up in your wine glass. Case in point? Check out this bottle from my most recent visit. A sojourn notable for getting to hang out with Jeremy Parzen of Do Bianchi, who was in town for an Italian wine [More]

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Finger Lakes Wine Podcast: Meet Five Wineries

I went on an extremely memorable trip to experience Finger Lakes wine in New York in October and put together this podcast that I’m tickled to share with you. As a media guest, I got to visit “Harvest House”. It was my very cool home base chock-full of fellow wine industry brethren. We split up during the day to [More]

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Blizzard Wine: What I Drank at Fung Tu

I survived my first East Cost blizzard! 25+ inches in a single New York City day. So what did I do on that Saturday, January 23rd? Naturally, I went out to eat. And on a mission to seek out my blizzard wine. It was totally amazing. All traffic was banned from the streets starting at 2:30pm. [More]

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Domaine Léonine Amédée 2015, Naturally

Part of the pleasure of being in the Center of the Wine Universe (New York City) is getting my hands on so many weird, cool bottles. I’m like an adult in a fermented grape juice store. Case in point: the 2015 Domaine Léonine Amédée. It’s (primarily) Syrah from Roussillon. That would be the part of [More]

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Coup de Boule: Totally Bought This Wine Because of the Label

I am not immune to the charms of an attention-getting wine label. And the Coup de Boule is a wine that you are definitely going to pull from the shelf and scrutinize. What is it? La Grange Aux Belles Coup de Boule 2014 This is a fizzy rosé from a Loire Valley producer, La Grange [More]

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