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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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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 […]



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Do you know the Bobal grape?

There is something very sexy about the name “Bobal.”  Maybe it’s just the way it rolls off the tongue (at least, when a Spaniard says it). Or maybe its the way it expresses itself in so many exciting ways … as a rose wine, a sparkling wine (made in the traditional method), or as a […]



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Pursuit of Balance In Wine

Attended a great seminar yesterday titled:  Getting It Right: Triumphs and Failures in the Pursuit of Balance What a great seminar for any Master of Wine student! The moderator was Ray Isle, Senior Wine Editor, Food & Wine Magazine and the panelists included Bradley Brown, Winemaker, Big Basin Vineyards Jamie Kutch, Owner, Kutch Wines Andy […]



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Washington State Wine 101 Seminar

What a treat to attend a great terroir centric seminar featuring four great presenters and fabulous representation of the quality of Washington State Wine. Though the story began with Riesling and Merlot, now Cabernet Sauvignon is king and other varieties include Syrah and Chardonnay. Dr. Kevin Pogue, Professor in the Department of Geology at Whitman […]



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Domaine d’Eugenie

Located in Vosne Romanee, this was bought in 2005 by François Pinault, owner of Château Latour in Bordeaux. Today yields are low and much effort has been done in the vineyard,  including a substantial programme of replacing missing individual vines, which will be picked separately and declassified into the village Vosne in their youth. Though […]



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David Durband

So I first discovered David Duband’s wines at a previous La Paulee event, and then again last year at a “Diva” tasting at the Hospieces de Beaune. I hear he has been gradually been making a name for himself as part of the new generation of high quality red wine producers in the Côte de […]



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Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey

Pierre Yves Colin worked as winemaker for his father (Marc Colin) until 2005, and now has holdings in Chassagne-Montrochet (where his domaine is located) and also produces Meursault, St. Aubin, and Puligny Montrachet. He differs in that he uses larger demi-muid barrels, does not use battonge, and is terroir-focused. More when I meet him!



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Clos de Tart

In 1141 Clos de Tart was sold to the nuns of Nôtre Dame de Tart by the Knights Hospitaller and – cutting to the chase – it was bought by the Mommessin family, having had only three owners in 900 years. It is one of only six Grand Cru “monopolies” in Burgundy along with La […]



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Domaine Frantz Chagnoleau

It is hard to find much information about this domaine other than that it is located in Macon and the farming is organic. He visited many famous Burgundian winemakers for their advice and feels that vines should be “pampered.”  He harvests fully mature grapes, when pressed the juice undergoes a light racking, and tries to […]



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Domaine Alain Burguet in Gevrey Chambertin

Of Alain Burguet Becky Wasserman wrote: “I met Alain Burguet a long, long time ago when a Gevrey winemaker, supremely confident of his own standing in the Gevrey hierarchy, introduced me not only to Alain but to Denis Bachelet. At that time, perhaps definitions were a clearer issue, and Alain’s Gevrey (that was all he […]



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Bouchard Pere & Fils

So first, the history … I’ve been to this Chateau many times, and never really thought about the fabulous estate. In 1820 Bernard Bouchard purchased the Château de Beaune, a former royal fortress built in the 15th century by King Louis XI. Four of the five original towers of the fortress, as well as parts […]



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La Paulee USA 2015 Simon Bize

Okay, so the picture above – showing the “finished wine” in a celebration mode, is a little bit more attractive than the photo showing all the hard back breaking work below … … yet it’s always interesting to contrast the two. I first heard about the wines of Domaine Bize many years ago in Burgundy. […]



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Vertical Tasting Preview: La Paulee 2015 NYC

  In 2012, I had the extreme good fortune to travel to San Francisco and among other meetings, attend the verticals tasting for Daniel Johannes., creator of the  USA-based La Paulee, modeled after the traditional La Paulée de Meursault, a lunch celebrating the end of the harvest in Burgundy, France. Originally the celebration included only […]



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Two Lands Marries Australian Terroir with California Winemaking

It’s the Australian way, isn’t it, to find a market and make a wine to fill a need. Last night I had a great conversation with Jacob’s Creek winemaker Bernard Hickin (light blue sweater above) and tried the new Two Lands wines, a new range of wines produced as a collaborative project between Jacob Creek’s […]



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“Masters of Winemaking” At ProWein!

It’s hard to believe it is only a month until ProWein! Every year the fair gets better and better, and as an MW student I’m very excited that this year the Institute of Masters of Wine will host an exclusive tasting event on Sunday evening (March 15) at the Congress Center East.  Under the heading […]



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Auction Napa Valley 2015 Tickets Now On Sale!

Since the Auction Napa Valley always happens around my birthday, for year’s it’s been the best way to celebrate! I remember my first visit and how fascinating it was to have dinner in the private homes of famous Napa Valley celebrities (winery owners, of course!) and see how down to earth and friendly “Napa Valley […]



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New Delicious Rosé Sparkling & Still Wine from Freixenet for #ValentinesDay

Are you as excited about Valentine’s day as I am? Of course there’s the romantic element … yet February 14 presents the guilt-free opportunity to indulge in rosé sparkling wine! Today I’m going to tell you about four great sparkling Rosé wines from Freixenet – but before I do, let’s start with one of my […]