Yearly Archives: 2018

New Year’s Eve Champagne at Marta in Manhattan

I can’t believe this is going to be my fourth (!) NYE in NYC. One thing has remained constant about the last day of the year: I start the night with some New Year’s Eve Champagne at Marta. Why, you ask? Well you can’t beat pizza and Champagne. Whatever toppings/sauce/crust you opt for, there is [More]

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2018: A Look Back on a Lot of Stuff

I’m perusing all my posts from the year. Won’t you join me on a little journey back in time? I started off the year with some wine resolutions. Did I keep them? What were they again? I put my cards on the table while recording a segment for the awesome Snacky Tunes podcast. (They talk [More]

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Happy Holidays

  Would you look at this young pup? Tacoma, 2013. So young. So full of Pacific Northwest frivolity rather than subway-hardened NYC grit. Those were the days. Let me comment about the beverages in my loving embrace. Best advice for holiday drinking w/ a crowd: GET MAGNUMS. Big bottles rule. Roederer Estate, the California outpost of [More]

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Wow, These Are Some Killer Washington Wines

I went to a “Meet the Makers” Visit Seattle event at Filson’s flagship NYC store in Union Square  and soaked in the idyllic and nostalgic Pacific Northwest vibe. One of the highlights, of course, was the selection of Washington State wines available to sample. And I have to say, I was fairly gobsmacked by many [More]

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Argentina Beyond Malbec: A Duo from Susana Balbo Wines

I was offered sample bottles from Susana Balbo Wines in Argentina and while perusing the list a couple caught my eye. One thing I don’t want to see happen to the country as far as its wines is for it to be pegged as full of Malbec, more Malbec, and nothing but Malbec. Don’t get [More]

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Illumination Sauvignon Blanc is Awesome

I sat down for breakfast with Augustin Fransisco Huneeus, proprietor of his family’s eponymous Huneeus Vineyards a while ago. He was an energetic fountain of early-morning conversation the likes for which I was mentally unprepared. If the name Huneeus isn’t familiar, I’d point you to the family’s historic organic and biodynamic estate in the Rutherford [More]

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My Favorite Bargain White Wine in the History of the World

Many highlights of being in Tacoma for Thanksgiving but one was undoubtedly being reunited with a long time Hall of Fame white wine: Domaine des Cassagnoles Cuvée Gros Manseng. This is the top white wine, pound for pound, dollar for dollar you’ll find. I haven’t seen it in New York but it has kind of [More]

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Drink More White Bordeaux (Please)

I gotta take my own dang advice. I’m complicit, too, in spacing on these killer wines. How long has it been since I had a back-to-back salvo of white Bordeaux? It’s tough enough to get anyone to drink red BDX let alone white. One of my all-time favorite wines happens to be a white BDX: [More]

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