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Bordeaux Under One Roof

Fabulous tasting today at Bordeaux Under One Roof tasting, with a private Master Class led by patrick Cappiello who’s been a sommelier and wine director at several top NYC restaurants, and now is the wine director at Pearl and Ash. The event was designed to show the diversity of the region, with a dry white, […]



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Meeting Ernesto Catena & Matias Ciciani of Bodegas Don Miguel Gascon

  “You look exactly like your picture!” I say to Ernesto Catena, President of  Bodegas Escorihuerla Gascon in Mendoza. I am sitting in a very elegant, yet very busy restaurant, trying to taste Ernesto’s incredible Malbec wines through the color and noise swirling around us. Just minutes before, I had been studying the winery and […]



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Gloria Ferrer Sparkling Wine For the Holidays

  So now that the holidays are upon us, what wine should you serve to family and friends? Everyone loves sparklers for the holidays … they just seem to spell the word “celebration” in a major way. One favorite “go to” sparkler and trusted brand is Gloria Ferrer from Sonoma, a New World offspring of […]



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Exclusive Port Tasting with Rui Falcao

It’s not everyday … or for that matter, every lifetime … that one can try a Ramos Pinto Vintage 1924 Port.  Or for that matter, a Kopke Colheita 1937 Port. In any event, Rui Falcao was brilliant today as he led journalists through the superstars of the Douro, wines that few people have the opportunity to […]



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Exploring the Vibrant wines of Zuani

What a fabulous tutored tasting and lunch today with Antonio and Caterina Zanon, scions of a century old winemaking family located in North East Italy. … a fascinating story too, as this is a relatively new (2001) venture for the family, created by the mother of Antonio and Caterina, Patrizia Felluga, who bought existing vineyards […]



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100 years of Freixenet

An incredible evening last night, as it is almost 100 years to the day when the Ferrer family (founders pictured above) first created the now world famous sparkling wine made in the traditional méthode champenoise technique, just like as done in Champagne, France. It was a wonderful evening, mainly because the Ferrer family members were there […]



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Discovering Morellino Di Scansano DOCG

  What a fabulous experience to have the opportunity to compare and contrast the wines of eight different producers from the region of Morellino Di Scansano DOCG, a region in Tuscany by the sea with a warm Mediterranean climate. The region has vastly different growing conditions in terms of soil and climate than other important […]



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Chilean Wine Master Class with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein

I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to attending the Chilean Wine 4.0 Master Class with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein, even though I was flying to London just after it ended at 3:30, and had to bring all my luggage. Yet this Master Class was absolutely brilliant – excellent organization and fabulous […]



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Savennieres & Loire Valley Wines comes to NYC

Very interesting evening with Evelyne de Pontbriand of Domaine du Closel and Rouge Tomate Master Sommelier Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, a table of very fortunate journalists set out to discover the quality and diversity of wines from Savennieres in the Loire Valley. Located 9 miles south-west of Angers and 196 miles south-west of Paris, Savennieres is […]



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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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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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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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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 […]