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Hungarian Rosé Six Pack is All I Want, Forever

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]

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Why are Rosé Bottles Crazy with Shapes and Packaging?

I read Tamlyn Currin’s “On a pink soap box” from Jancis Robinson’s site with great interest. It focuses on the trend of rosé wine bottles coming in all kinds of shapes and sizes. As well as labels you might charitably define as whimsical but more likely garish. Currin brings up many important points regarding this [More]

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Gere Attila Portugieser: A Summer Red from Hungary

I love discovering new things. Like a grape called Portugieser. Which is not from Portugal. In this case, it’s in a bottle of red wine from Hungarian producer Gere Atilla. I got it at a tiny and charming wine shop in the East Village with the slightly un-google-able name of Wineshop. I’d like to think [More]

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Rube’s Steakhouse Provides Memories, A Huge Grill, and Wine Advice

When I was a student at Grinnell College years decades ago, one of the biggest treats was a road trip to Rube’s Steakhouse in Montour, Iowa. Grinnell is in between Des Moines and Iowa City, off I-80. You could drive to Rube’s in under a half hour. It’s a pretty amazing grill-your-own steakhouse in rural Iowa, [More]

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A Creative Agency Critiques Wine Labels

I’ve written quite a bit about wine labels, particularly in a (sporadic) “Label Lust” series. My experience as a retail wine buyer definitely comes into play here. When I looked at wines good enough to buy in bulk for display, not only did the label have to be good, but also THE BOX IT CAME IN. [More]

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Three North Fork Long Island Summer Wines

I spent a delightfully relaxing weekend at a friend’s home in Mattituck on the North Fork of Long Island over Memorial Day weekend. Naturally, there was wine. Here are few highlights in the form of a white, a rosé, and a red wine. What unites these three? All low in alcohol, in the 11-13% range. [More]

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A Liter of Italian Rosé Perfect for Tacos

My idea of retail therapy involves a new pair of addidas and an Italian rosé (rosato)  that I’ve never drank before in in a big one-liter bottle. To know me is to know I have a thing for 1L bottles. They make the “normal” 750ml bottle seem so sad. Who wouldn’t want an extra third of [More]

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Corsican Rosé at Pizzeria Otto

Hot damn, look at this beauty from Pizzeria Otto. I was briefly in Portland, Oregon, and wanted to check out this place since it came highly recommended from my pals Mary and Sean. I was overnighting at their house and it’s not too far away so perfect, right? (Confidential to Mary and Sean: Left you a [More]

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