Argentina Beyond Malbec: A Duo from Susana Balbo Wines

Posted on: December 15th, 2018 by
The vineyards of 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]

Illumination Sauvignon Blanc is Awesome

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by
The Illumination Sauvignon Blanc is a splurge-worthy white wine.

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]

My Favorite Bargain White Wine in the History of the World

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 by
The Domaine des Cassagnoles Gros Manseng is the best bargain white wine in 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]

Drink More White Bordeaux (Please)

Posted on: November 29th, 2018 by
The Pont de Pierre in Bordeaux, France.

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]

Choosing Holiday Wines Based on Labels with Memories (OK, Houses)

Posted on: November 27th, 2018 by
Memory Lanes bowling alley.

Since 2004 I’ve been talking about choosing wines for x day on the calendar, y special occasion, z oddball event. How many more arrows do I have in my dang quiver for this? What to do about holiday wines? I was thinking about this while at Vino Volo in SeaTac, on my way to visit [More]

Amplify Your Rosé Life

Posted on: November 17th, 2018 by
Amplify Wines Rosé is cloudy and delicious.

There’s a fried chicken place in Manhattan called Dirty Bird to Go on 14th that also, surprisingly, houses a natural wine bar called Verre de Terre. This is where I discovered the Amplify Wines “Pink Flag” Rosé of Counoise My methodology of choosing this wine consisted of seeing three rosés on the bottle list and randomly [More]

Champagne Henriot Makes for an Illuminating Evening

Posted on: November 12th, 2018 by
Champagne Henriot illuminated at National Sawdust.

As a sparkling wine fan(atic), pretty easy to say “yes” to a media event involving bubbles. And downright simple when it involves the finest of fizz from a producer I have been a longtime fan of: Champagne Henriot. I have to say, it’s nice to be able to walk to an event. In this case, [More]

How to Enjoy RAW WINE New York for a Week…and Beyond

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by
The crowd at RAW Wine New York in Bushwick

Hey, it’s time for RAW WINE New York! It’s the renowned natural wine fair created and organized by Isabelle Legeron MW, taking place again in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s like natty wine’s prom, Super Bowl, and college reunion all rolled into one. If you can make it to the event Sunday or Monday (11/4 and 11/5), that’s awesome! [More]