I Praise This Wine Without Using Exclamation Points

Posted on: April 2nd, 2018 by
I do not use exclamation points in praise of this wine.

I am so guilty of excessively using exclamation points. If you read the “About Me” section of this very blog, I even confess/brag about it. I refer to my predilection as deploying an “overabundance” of them. A quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald has stuck with me: “An exclamation point is like laughing at your own [More]

Seven Hills Winery Rosé Makes Cabernet Franc The Star

Posted on: April 1st, 2018 by
The Seven Hills Winery Rosé is one of Washington's best.

I am a huge fan of Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley. Many bottles are in my Hall of Fame, including one that’s probably in my Top Ten reds, ever. It’s a rising star on another continent, in a different guise, and what might seem a surprising state. Yes, Washington. Enter the Seven Hills Winery Rosé. [More]

Chateau Cantelaudette Bordeaux is a Merlot Showcase

Posted on: March 31st, 2018 by
The Chateau Cantelaudette is a 100% Merlot from Bordeaux.

One of the many nice things about going to free tastings at wine shops is getting to try something you normally might not come across. Like a Bordeaux with a ubiquitous, old-school label on it. Enter the Chateau Cantelaudette. It was being poured at Dandelion Wine and I ended up taking a bottle home. Why? 2014 [More]

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

Posted on: March 30th, 2018 by
The grill at Rube's Steakhouse in Montour, Iowa.

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]

Wine Label Q&A With Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard

Posted on: March 29th, 2018 by
Cunning Carignane Bonny Doon wine label

As a former retail wine buyer, I have a particular love for cool wine labels. (And a loathing for lame ones….) So it was really great to interview Randall Grahm of California’s Bonny Doon Vineyard about the iconic and original labels adorning his wines. The depth and breadth of art and artists is really fascinating. [More]

White Wine With Steak Why Not Go For It, Especially at Lunch?

Posted on: March 28th, 2018 by
Yes, you can have white wine with steak. Bavette cut at Keens.

Got the chance to have lunch at a legendary New York City spot, Keens Steakhouse, established in 1885. It provided me with the perfect opportunity to subvert the “Cab and a slab” classic pairing and have white wine with steak. One of the things that helped this pairing is the salad. Greens, radishes, and a [More]

Vigneti del Sole Montepulciano d’Abruzzo: Hall of Fame $10 Red

Posted on: March 25th, 2018 by
Vigneti del Sole Montepulciano

It’s not often you pour a wine and the first sip brings forth an involuntary “Wow!” Especially on an inexpensive wine. But this was the case with an red Italian gem I purchased at Grapepoint Wines, the Vigneti del Sole Montepulciano d’Abruzzo (2016). Three things off the bat I liked about this wine, just looking at [More]

The Novel “New York 2140” and Wine

Posted on: March 21st, 2018 by
New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson

I’m in the middle of reading New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, which I bought at the excellent bookstore, WORD, in my neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The plot? As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York [More]