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Hail Rocks Chablis!

  One of the perennial questions of the Masters of Wine exam revolve round timing of harvest. It must be so frustrating to see a brilliant growing season destroyed by hail, which often comes out of nowhere and can destroy a vineyard. A few years back, I was in the Languedoc driving on a beautiful summer […]



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Meeting Charles Rambaud & Enjoying Wines of Beaujolais

PATRICK CAPPIELLO “We have to convince the world that Beaujolais wines are fabulous food wines, winter or summer,” I said to Charles Rambaud, who is responsible for the export market for the trade organization Inter Beaujolais. We – a group of journalists, along Patrick Cappiello, one of the coolest wine guys in New York – […]



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Fabulous SherryFest NYC!

  Hats off to Peter Liem for bringing SherryFest to NYC once again. This is a near week of festivities surrounding this magical and somewhat mysterious style of fortified wine that has a long and delicious history. Few people recognize the variety of styles of Sherry, which is what the week of seminars and dinners […]



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Wines of Crete Come to NYC

You’ve heard about wines from Greece … now it is time to make room for Wines from Crete, a hot “new” wine region that is actually over 4,000 years old. Today some producers from the region, its energetic and vicious director Stella, and the marketing team The Connected Table organized a fabulous Master Class and […]



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Visiting Chateau De France in Bordeaux

  So here we are at Chateau de France in AOC Pessac-Leognan. Arnaud Thomassin, technical director and family member/owner, is showing off the new winery. We – an assortment of journalists and others who are attending this event in conjunction with 2015 VinExpo – are gathered together to see the improvements in the cellar and sample the […]



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Meeting Gregory Viennois of Domaine Laroche

    Isn’t this chateau gorgeous? Just insert yourself in this photo and imagine yourself sitting in the shade, sipping a chilled glass of Grand Cru Chablis… Well, I can SO easily imagine myself doing just that! Last night, this magical scene was transported to Betony restaurant in Manhattan, where winemaker Gregory Viennois and team brought […]



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Tasting Dinner at Chateau La Cabanne Pomerol

  What a fabulous vintage tasting and dinner at Chateau La Cabanne in Pomerol, hosted by mountain-bike riding owner Francois Estager in honor of Vinexpo.  Winemaker Florent Faure was on hand to lead guests through the very nicely organized tasting of the six chateaux owned by SCEA Vignobles Jean-Pierre Estager. Chateau La Cabanne AOC Pomerol […]



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Fabulous Chatzivariti Wines

  Fabulous tasting of Greek wines from Chatzivariti. The winemaker, 22 year old Mr. Chatzivaritis pictured above, presented his wines to journalists at the Korali Estiatorio restaurant in New York city, with each of the four wines paired with four fabulous dishes. Wine enthusiast Evangelo Chatzivaritis and his wife (who is the winery’s agriculturist) started […]



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My Greco Di Tufo Vacation on Capri

  How much Greco di Tufo can a person drink in a week? If you are in Capri – and it is over 100 degrees – you can drink quite a bit! Actually, it was amazing to see every restaurant offering dozens of producers on their list, with some subtle variation between the basic dry, crisp, […]



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Celebrating Albarino in NYC

  Ever have an aged Albarino? Though it is not typical to have a 7 year old wine as this style is meant to drink fresh and young, Javier Romero of Pazo Senorans winery showcased the aged style along with the current vintage. It was interesting to taste the wines of various producers to experience […]



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Herdade Do Esporao: New Face of Alentejo

  A few years ago, I had the good fortune to visit Esporão Wines in Alentejo, a quality red wine region in Portugal. The Romans were the first to discover the region in ancient times. Today Esporão is part of the world wine route and the first wine tourism project to be certified in Portugal. Today […]



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Australia’s First Families of Wine

  The photo of fun loving Chester Osborn above is so typical of the very insightful trade tasting today of the first families of Australian wine. What was interesting is that most people think of Australia as a “new country” yet almost everyone on the panel had ancestors who had been making wine for over […]



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Rhone Odyssey 2015: A Journey Through Time

  What a wonderfully creative experience today at the trade event aptly named “Rhone Odyssey 2015: Past, Present, and Future. The objective was to showcase the long history of the Rhone Valley wines in a way that would entertain and educate the trade audience so as to inspire them to carry their message forth. So […]



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Like Vin Doux Naturels? Something New For the Cocktail Culture

Brilliant lecture on Roussillon Vins Doux Naturels from Caleb Granzer at CorkBuzz … I have been to the Roussillon a few times and love the weather, the scenery, and of course the grapes. Caleb was a talented and energetic presenter, and the range of the wines were very interesting. Yet part of the focus here […]



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Meeting Lorena Deaconu Stoian, Chief Winemaker at Cramele Halewood in Romania

“Welcome,” says energetic Lorena Deaconu Stoian, Chief Winemaker at Cramele Halewood. It is a beautiful sunny afternoon as Lorena welcomes us to the gorgeous manner house called “Conac” in Romanian, near the Carpathian mountains, where we will experience their sparkling wine facility and spend the night. Halewood International was founded in 1978 by the late […]



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So one of the best things for Master of Wine students about ProWein is that it gives one the opportunity to wander around and taste those “hard to find” wines that the MWs are always putting on the exams. So naturally when I passed by the Marqués de Cáceres space I instantly thought “this is […]



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Wine Tasting For the Professional Taster Post #1

So when I first saw the book “Wine Tasting: A professional Handbook” by Ronald S. Jackson on the bookshelf of what must be the world’s most respected wine institution, I decided to order it online and have it delivered to me in NYC. I decided to publish my thoughts in a series of posts because […]



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Meeting Benoit Roussillon of Val D’Orbieu

Very delightful tasting and lunch today with Benoit Roussillon, who is the North American Export Director for Val D’Orbieu wines. The company works with many private estates and cooperatives in France to bring the very best wine of France to markets around the world. Though they work with an assortment of producers to export wines […]



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Alto Adige Seminar: Quality Wines Great Value

So the seminar today in Manhattan was so brilliant both in terms of the wines presented and the speakers. Alto Adige is one of the best regions in the world for white wine … very elegant with great acidity and minerality. The speakers today included moderator Tim Gaiser MS, Tobias Zingerle from Kaltern Caldaro (a […]



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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 […]