California Melon from Lieu Dit: Muscadet Fans Take Note

Posted on: May 7th, 2016 by
lieu dit california melon

If you love Muscadet as much as I do, here’s a wine to hoard. Or purchase and share, whatevs. It’s California Melon. The former being the state (duh) and the later being the name of the grape. Muscadet from the Loire Valley is a wine made from the Melon (de Bourgogne) grape. Outside of this [More]

Take Me To Your Liter: 1L Bottles of Wine

Posted on: April 30th, 2016 by
1l bottles of wine

I’ve been crushing on this format for years. These 1L bottles of wine pop up randomly and it delights me to discover a new one. Who doesn’t look at a standard 750ml bottle and think of a conversation along these lines: “Say man, you got an extra 33% of wine?” “Uh, no, not on me, man.” [More]

Loire Love: Cabernet Franc from Chinon

Posted on: April 23rd, 2016 by
loire cabernet franc

If I had to choose one red grape from one region I loved above all others, it would most likely be Cabernet Franc from France’s Loire Valley. The wines tend to be everything I am looking for in a red: lighter style, not too boozy, and full of savory, non-fruity notes. Favorite Loire Valley Cabernet [More]

Taxes and Wine: 8 Recommended Bottles

Posted on: March 29th, 2016 by
taxes and wine

Taxes and wine? Probably not like peanut butter and jelly as far as things that go together harmoniously. (Disclaimer: I am not an accountant but I do feel it safe to advise you to postpone wine drinking until completing your tax forms.) But hold on a second. Taxes and Wine While dreaming up ideas for the April issue [More]

2015 Matthiasson Rosé and a Praying Mantis

Posted on: March 12th, 2016 by
2015 Matthiasson Rosé

Was very stoked to get my shipment of the 2015 Matthiasson Rosé. Thought about saying something like “Pink Wine Season Begins” but that would be kind of ridiculous because it’s a wine for 365 days (well 366 days) a year. And this rosé from California is one of my favorites. Though my penchant is for French pink [More]

Is There Terroir in Tea?

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by
tea and terroir

  The notion of terroir, that a finished wine has a sense of place and qualities shaped by the environment surrounding the grapes, is well-documented. I’ve even heard it talked about regarding coffee. But tea? Why not? I, unfortunately, know just enough about tea to be dangerous. So one of the first things I did as Senior [More]

Hervé Villemade Cheverny: A Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay Blend That Works

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016 by
Hervé Villemade Cheverny

This is wine number two enjoyed at The Four Horseman in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I’m a huge, enormous fanboy when it comes to the wines of France’s Loire Valley, but I must admit to not having a lot of wines from the Cheverny region. Defintely nowhere nearly as well known as, say, Muscadet or Sancerre. But [More]

Rouletabulle is Chasselas Plus Fizz

Posted on: February 13th, 2016 by

When in Brooklyn at Williamsburg’s The Four Horsemen, it’s a guarantee that something unusual and unexpected will end up in your wine glass. Case in point? Check out this bottle from my most recent visit. A sojourn notable for getting to hang out with Jeremy Parzen of Do Bianchi, who was in town for an Italian wine [More]

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