Randy Meyer of Geyser Peak Winery Talks Roses (Flowers)

Posted on: June 27th, 2018 by
The winemaker at Geyser Peak Winery is a big fan of roses, particularly the Double Delight.

Recently I was invited to taste through a lineup of Sauvignon Blanc from Geyser Peak Winery. Located in Healdsburg, California, I was at first intrigued because it seems, well, audacious for a place to make four (!) Sauvignon Blancs. It reminded me of Matanzas Creek, the only other Sonoma winery I could think of  also [More]

Freemark Abbey Cabernet Bosché is a Napa Valley Classic

Posted on: June 16th, 2018 by
The Freemark Abbey Cabernet Bosché is a Napa classic.

I’ll admit that I spend my wine days and nights in New York chasing the obscure. Bring me all your wonderfully weird wines! Sometimes, though, this is at the expense of the classics. Case in point would be the Freemark Abbey Cabernet Bosché. I had the pleasure of tasting this wine with Ted Edwards, director [More]

Do You Know Petit Verdot?

Posted on: June 6th, 2018 by
A Petit Verdot sign in a Virginia vineyard.

Primarily used as a component in Bordeaux-style blends, Petit Verdot could use a champion or three. I found a trio of winemakers who take this grape beyond the blend, making it the star of the show. My first article for SevenFifty Daily takes a look at Petit Verdot through three winemakers: Kevin Morrisey, Ehlers Estate, [More]

Wine Two Five Podcast Guest Appearance

Posted on: June 1st, 2018 by
Chablis terroir at an event right before a guest appearance on the Wine Two Five podcast.

Recently I was contacted to be a guest on the Wine Two Five podcast, and I was like, “Yeah! You bet.” And I’m glad I did. Because I had a delightful time chatting with cohosts Stephanie “Steph” Davis and Valerie “Val” Caruso. Have a listen to the episode: Items discussed: The rosé in my glass. Oysters [More]

Do You Drink Rosé Wine Beyond The Pale?

Posted on: May 24th, 2018 by
Different shades of rosé wine

I’m probably as guilty as anyone when it comes to my rosé wine selection. I gravitate towards the ballet-slipper pink, classic pale Provençal style widely popular, and imitated, all over the world. While I applaud this astonishing success story, I urge you to explore the full spectrum of colors and flavors when it comes to [More]

Sweet Wines, First and Foremost, Are Wines

Posted on: May 21st, 2018 by
Baumard Quarts de Chaume is one of many bottles proving sweet wines are great wines, period.

I’d like to point out the obvious: sweet wines are wines, too. I had this brilliant thought while attending Wine & Spirits “Top of the List” event. I tasted a breadth of excellent wines from all over the globe, but a sample of the Domaine des Baumard Quarts du Chaume stood out. It’s a Loire Valley wine [More]

Gere Attila Portugieser: A Summer Red from Hungary

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by
Gere Attila Portugieser is an easy-drinking red wine 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]

The New Best $15 Pinot Noir

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by
Les Deux Moulins Pinot Noir is the best under $15 Pinot Noir I've had in a long time.

Probably/definitely blasphemous, but I liken the task of finding a Pinot Noir 15 bucks or less to that of the quest for the Holy Grail. So when I picked up a bottle of Les Deux Moulins Pinot from the Loire Valley, I had a bit of trepidation. Though I was cautiously optimistic, because I had [More]