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50 Great Portuguese Wines by Joshua Greene

    Joshua Green, editor-in-chief of Wine & Spirits, spent months in Portugal selecting the 50 best wines. During a brilliantly orchestrated seminar October 22, 2014, charismatic MS Evan Goldsmith gave a wonderful overview of the characteristics of Portugal’s native grapes, and selected four top samples for us to try. If you have not tried […]



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Review Week of October 23: Wines of Anderra

Chilean wines these days are all the rage … I just received some interesting and delicious wines from Anderra, with vineyards in the Maule, Maipo, and Rapel valley of Chile. The Carmenere 2012, a late ripening varietal, is juicy and round with black currant and blackberry aromas, as well as strawberry and cherry notes and […]



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Dinner with Piper-Heidsieck Chef de Caves Regis Camus

  What a fantastic, unbelievable opportunity to experience a vertical tasting of Piper-Heidsieck RARE champagne, each glass individually paired with cuisine. This was all in honor of  Chef de Caves Régis Camus’ 20th anniversary with the House. M. Camus was at the table to discuss the weather of each vintage, and how it affected the wine. […]



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NYC Ritz-Carlton Central Park Phenomenal Femmes Dinner with Lynn Penner Ash

Fabulous four course dinner last night at the gorgeous Ritz-Carlton Central Park with Lynn Penner-Ash, owner/winemaker and co-founder of Penner-Ash Cellers.  You probably know the name – the winery is famous for their Pinot Noir, yet last night was the opportunity to taste some of the other wines as well (Riesling, Viognier) and learn more […]



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Meeting Christopher Silva of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Christopher Silva, CEO of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, actually grew up in Sonoma County and as a boy, bagged groceries for St. Francis winery founder Joe Martin. That relationship came in handy decades later when Silva, then a lawyer, was offered a job by Joe Martin, as the founder wanted to take life a […]



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Master Class: Wines of Macedonia

Fabulous  Master Class led by Robin Kelley O’Connor, CSW, CWE and Hristo Zisovski, Beverage Director, Altamarea Restaurant Group today. Grapevines have been grown here for more than 4000 years, and the ancient Macedonians even had a god of wine called Dionysus.  In his honor, Macedonians hosted special festivals known as bacchanalians. White wines produced by […]



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Wine Tasting Notes Week of October 13, 2014

  Malbec is one of the hottest varieties around the world right now, yet there is “Malbec” and there is “Malbec.” The difference is not just the country (think Cahors, France vs. Mendoza, Argentina) yet also the type of wood and length of aging as well as the quality of the grapes themselves. Rutini Trumpeter […]



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The Wines of Lodi, California

Very interesting visit and tasting today with Camron King, Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, and Craig Ledbetter of Vino Farms, who also has a position on the commission. Lodi is one of California’s major winegrowing regions located 100 miles east of San Francisco, and in the last 15 – 20 years has made […]



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Michel Rolland & Javier Galarreta Launch New International Brand

What a fabulous event.  Today NYC based journalists and members of the trade had the opportunity to experience the new brand Rolland Galaretta, a partnership between French winemaker and consultant Michel Rolland and Spanish wine entrepreneur Javier  Galarreta.  The project is to highlight the virtue of Spain and its quality wines, with potential for the […]



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Spain’s Great Match: 30th Anniversary

  The kick off seminar for “Spain’s Great Match” – got off to a great start with a glass of cava (Freixenet Cordon Negro, of course!) and the friendly welcome of moderator wine educator Steven Olson, one of the best presenters in town. Each moment was packed with new information from Steve and his panelists […]



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Madeira Wine Institute Master Class & Gourmet Pairing Dinner

  Consider this delicious looking (and tasting!) shot of Caramelized Foie Gras with Fresh Fig Infused with Spices. What wine would you pair with it? Sauternes? Monday, October 6 was a brilliant day for Madeira, thanks to educators and producers from the island who came to New York to explain their exquisite wines and showcase […]



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Dinner with Cristobal Undurraga of Chile’s Vina Koyle

  So “wow” is all I can say after dining with Cristobal Undurraga of Chile’s Vina Koyle in the Colchagua DO Valley. Very few wineries can offer the pedigree of its winemaker Cristobal Undurraga, whose ancestor Francisco planted the first vineyards in the 1880s and in the decades that followed, was the pioneering force that turned […]



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Anna de Codorniu #Cava … on “Sparkling Sunday”

Sundays are always a great time to break out the bubbly and enjoy the day (especially with delicious dessert). This past Sunday, we tried Anna de Codorniu Brut, NV and Brut Rose, NV, cava made in the traditional method in which the fermentation takes place in the bottle – similar to Champagne. First the bottle […]



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Tasting the Wines of Rodney Strong Estate on the 25th Anniversary #RSV25

At the recent wine blogger’s conference in Santa Barbara I was able to hook up with the Rodney Strong Brothers folks, who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary. The story of this world class winery actually begins more than 50 years ago, when a celebrated American dancer named Rod Strong settled in Sonoma County to pursue […]



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Planet Bordeaux Press Seminar with Michael Madrigale

So do you think you know wines from Bordeaux? Many people assume “Bordeaux” means expensive, yet Michael Madrigale made some excellent points on why it really should be considered a wine for everyday dinners. First – and this was an impressive stat – 75% of Bordeaux AOC and Superior is produced in  Entre-deux-Mers. The reds […]



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Canti Prosecco Comes to NYC

So, is Giannienrico Martini the most brilliant wine marketer, or not? Today I was a guest at the launch of the Canti Prosecco brand in the U.S.  The lunch took place at  Locanda Verde in NYC, and even though I had visited the Prosecco region I was extremely impressed by both the quality of this […]



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Visit to Abbazia di Novacella

This winery originated as an abbey dating back to 1142, a period in which the Blessed Artmanno, bishop of Bressanone, decided to erect a monastery in Neustift. Since the founding of the Abbey offered hospitality to the pilgrims going to Rome or the Holy Land. Thanks to the convent school and the deep interest in science […]



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Visit to J. Hofstatter in #AltoAdige

Okay, so the first thing that happens after arriving at the J. Hofstatter winery in #AltoAdige is that we are hustled into the back of a military sort of truck and brought up to a cliff in the Kolbenhof vineyard located above Tramin. It’s a well groomed spot with neatly planted grass and even some art […]



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Visit to St. Michael Eppan Cooperative in #AltoAdige

This sleek, modern looking winery offers a gorgeous, modern tasting room and a wealth of information about the terroir where its 350 members grow grapes on 390 hectares. St. Michael-Eppan Winery has been enthroned in the center of South Tyrol’s most important wine-growing community for over a century. For more than two thousand years, wines […]



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Visit to Cantina Bolzano in #AltoAdige

“Welcome,” says Patrizia Sparer, an intelligent looking young woman who’s father is the managing director of the Cantina Bolzano cooperative, which combines 320 hectares of Bolzano’s best vineyards at between 240 and 800m above sea level. One of South Tyrol’s most traditional wines, the S. Maddalena, thrives on the loose, sandy, well-ventilated soil on the […]