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]

Blind Tasting Syrah in Reno with Mom

Posted on: October 25th, 2018 by
Blind tasting Syrah turns up some new favorite bottles.

You ever fly across the country just to conduct a wine tasting? Well now I can say I have. I jetted to Reno to lead my mother and about a dozen of her neighbors through an evening of blind tasting Syrah. Of course the main reason was to see my mom, duh, because I am [More]

Hungarian Rosé Six Pack is All I Want, Forever

Posted on: October 23rd, 2018 by
Tamás Dúzsi Hungarian Rosé Six-Pack

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]

Luzón Verde is a Go-To Organic Spanish Red Wine Bargain

Posted on: October 7th, 2018 by
Old vines at Bodegas Luzón in Jumilla, Spain.

Sometimes when I go to a big wine tasting event like Spain’s Great Match, it’s all about cramming as many new wines into my maw as possible. (RESPONSIBLY.) But often the most memorable tastes are when I revisit an old vinous friend. I fondly recall selling the Luzón Verde, a Spanish red wine made from [More]