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    Recently I received four very delicious – and very DIFFERENT  – styles of wine from Rias Baixas, the DO in Galicia (northwest Spain) established in 1988. It is the only exclusively white wine DO in Spain. Though I had been to seminars in the past, having the time to taste these four wines and see […]


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image Interview with Veronique Sanders of Chateau Haut-Bailly
In a challenging vintage, chateaux with the most resources and the willingness to deploy them are able to make quality wine. That point was brought home to me in the tasting room of Chateau Haut-Bailly during ...
Secrets of the Sommelier: Review of “Restaurant Man” by Joe Bastianich
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be the wine director of a restaurant? Of course, in some ways it sounds like a fantasy job. One can imagine the pleasures of having distributors ...
image Santa Ynez Inn Rocks
  Fab visit to the Santa Ynez Inn, a luxury hotel in the tiny (and I mean very small!) 'old west' town of Santa Ynez. Arriving here one drives through what can only be called a stage ...
image Tasting Franciscan Estate Wines
Very interesting comparative tasting between two Franciscan Estate wines - just right for summer. Franciscan Estate 2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Very crisp and refreshing with lime/lemon citrus fruit profile and bright acidity. Franciscan Estate 2013 Equilibrium Interesting style ...
image Exploring Casa Pomona
    Last night I had a fab dinner at Casa Pomona, a new restaurant in the Upper West side on Columbus between 84th and 85th. Above is Marion Maur, who is also involved in Bocelli in ...