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The Week-end des Grands Crus celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Bordeaux is one of my favorite cities for so many people. It’s impossible to say if it’s the welcoming hospitality of its Chateaux owners, the fine and rare wines, or the magic of the city itself. Now in its tenth year, Bordeaux lovers have a rare opportunity to taste over 100 Bordeaux Grands Crus under […]



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Concept of Wine Quality

Okay, so I am doing something very new and taking an online university course in winemaking (as if being a MW student is not enough!) The first lesson is all about wine quality, and in the name of education, I hope to share some of the key points of the learning material. Much of the […]



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Original Grand Cru of Burgundy by Charles Curtis MW: A Review

Burgundy is one of the most fascinating wine regions of the world. It is a land where until as recently as the 1950s, winemakers used ancient Roman presses to make wine. A sense of tradition permeates the area, and during the many festivals of the year you can see the old people of the town […]



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Seeing Ricard Rofes of Scala Dei at the Decanter Mediterranean event

So much fun to see Ricard Rofes of Scala Dei in London at the fabulous Decanter event – we were in London for a day and what better way to spend the afternoon. Richard makes some of the best wine in Priorat – I had visited him a few years back, and you can read […]



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The Gardinier family celebrates 30 years at Château Phélan Ségur

So excited I will soon be in Bordeaux, celebrating with the Gardinier family their 30 years at Château Phélan Ségur. The third dynasty to own the property, the family has created a classic, precise and elegant wine that expresses all the typical character of the great terroirs of Saint-Estèphe. Below is a brief history of […]



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Bordeaux Union Des Grand Crus At ProWein

Fabulous tasting of the 2012 vintage at ProWein 2015, with the chateau owners presenting a spectacular event on Monday afternoon. The event was extremely popular with the attendees and journalists at the trade fare, which this year exceeded 5,000 people. Pictured above is Stephan von Neipperg of Canon la Gaffeliere. *** An upcoming event that […]



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A look at ProWein 2015

“We haven’t been to other trade shows in years,” said one Australian export manager, explaining he wouldn’t be seeing me at other trade fairs in the next few months. Similar statements were shared last year as well, as the apparent ease and logistics of ProWein have made it a favorite with exhibitors, with 5,970 from […]



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#Prowein 2015: Day 1

Very interesting day here at ProWein … within five minutes of stepping into Hall 9 so more than a dozen friends from the Master of Wine program. As usual, a buzz of languages and very animated producers. Most of the tastings and workshops are full – yet after attending one thirty minute tutored tasting (in […]



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BurdiGala Grand Tasting 2015

So I suppose I could have snapped a more “current” picture … let’s say Veronique Sanders of Chateau Haut Bailly, or Alfred Tesseron from Chateau Pontet Canet, or Pierre Lurton from Chateau Cheval Blanc … … and all three (and more) of these celebrated people were there. Yet this snapshot of women stamping labels on […]



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FIAF Wine Tour de France: What a Difference a Year Makes

Fantastic evening last night at FIAF (French Institute Alliance Francaise) where a combination of Manhattan’s best educated collectors as well as new wine lovers came to learn about the differences in vintages in Bordeaux – and how the vintage affects quality and the ability of the wine to improve with age. Leading the seminar was Hortense Bernard, […]



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Franciacorta Comes to NYC!

It’s Fashion week in Milan – do you think they are going to serve French Champagne? Last night Milan’s fashion week was celebrated in NYC at the trendy restaurant Upland where chef Justin Smillie created some wonderful pairings for many different styles of sparkling Franciacorta wine. Franciacorta wines are the first Italian sparkling wines produced […]



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Virtually tasting wines of Ruffino

Very fun Virtual Tasting from Snooth with fine wines from Ruffino, an an iconic 138 year-old Tuscan winery with a mission statement explaining they have always embraced a unique balance of tradition and innovation in their winemaking style. Master of Wine Christy Canterbury was joined by Winemaker Gabriele Tacconi in this hour long tasting session […]



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Michel Chapoutier, President of the Inter-Rhone: “Discover Rhone” week

      “I am Michel Chapoutier,” the energetic iconic winemaker says by way of introduction at a party in celebration of “Discovering the Legendary Rhone Valley Terroirs.” The French band is playing a lively rendition of the Little Richard song “Tutti Fruitti” with perfect American accents and all around are a coterie of employees, […]



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The Beaumont: Very Luxurious & Hip London Hotel

  “Welcome, we’ve been expecting you,” says the magnificently dressed doorman in the kind of baritone voice you’d expect to hear in a new Broadway play. It’s almost eleven in the evening and when he addresses me by name I’m wondering how he knows exactly who I am. True, it’s a boutique hotel, yet it’s not […]



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Vidal-Fleury : An Inside Look at the Rhône Valley

  One of the benefits of attending Discover Rhone is having the chance to meet with winemakers and discover more about the Rhone valley. Last week Guy Sarton du Jonchay, Director and Wine Expert of Vidal-Fleury, used a 3D map to give journalists an inside look at the Rhône Valley that Vidal-Fleury uses to make […]



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Castilla La Mancha US Tour 2015 with Christy Canterbury

Christy Canterbury Master of Wine, famous international wine judge and journalist, gave a splendid presentation today at Corkbuzz in NYC presenting the wines of Castilla-La Mancha. Here the familiar tempranillo grape is called Cencibel, yet you can find many other varieties … grenache, mouvedre, syrah … both single varietals and more interestingly in blends. American […]



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Meeting George Spiliadis of Cava Spiliadis

Close your eyes for one moment and imagine the beautiful coastlines of the Greek islands. The golden sun is shinning, the water is a sharp bright  blue, and the chalk-white jagged cliffs are quite something to behold. You are sitting on the edge of this cliff with your favorite person, and in front of you is […]



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Wine Retail Channel Trends

Wow, I am so happy I will be going to ProWein 2015 and learn more about wine retail channel trends.  According to a Survey Summary dated February 25, 2015 from ProWein, it’s a widely accepted fact in the global wine sector that the retail channels through which wine is sold to consumers are in an unprecedented […]



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Tasting Notes 2/24/13: Wente Single Vineyard Wines

Wente Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Monterey Pinot Noir 2012 Very delicious wine with a medium translucent color, aromas of very ripe sweet cherries, and mouth-filling flavors of summer berries such as raspberries, small strawberries, red currants.  Zesty medium + acidity and velvet tannins. Rounded and slight vanilla flavors from 50% new oak maturation for 20 […]



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Spain Comes to NYC

One of the great things about being a wine writer in NYC is that it is possible to have the winemakers visit, as well as visiting them on their own turf. I was lucky enough to visit Codorníu-Raventós winemaker Ricard Rofes of Scala Dei last year and words can’t begin how great it is to […]