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Meeting Jean-Michel Chartron

  Today at the Winebow portfolio tasting I had the good fortune to meet Jean-Michel Chartron, owner and winemaker of Domaine Jean Chartron in Puligny-Montrachet. He walked me through several of his wines and I was impressed by the quality! Even a simple Rully Montmorin 2008 was juicy and delicious, yet I especially liked the […]


Henry’s Drive: The Postman Rings Twice

Is it true the postman always rings twice? Have you .,,, er, gone postal lately?  Just what is it about the postal service that creates the potential for such drama? Last night I had a fun meeting/tasting with Kim Longbottom, who with her husband bought property in the Australian region of Padthaway, part of the […]


World Wine HeadQuarters (WWHQ) comes to NYC

“Don’t worry — this is his normal expression!” says a friend at A Voce at the Time Wanner Center in NYC, where John Larchet (pictured) is launching his new World Wine HeadQuarters (WWHQ) entity that has been on the “drawing board” for a number of years. True to its name, WWHQ will comprise of distinctive […]


Wine Australia: Classic Blends and Alternative Varieties

Winery owner Justine Henschke holds bottle next to WA Susan Barros Very interesting tasting of Australian wines Susan Barros organized today for the first Wine Australia Tasting of 2011 — Unusual Varietals and Classic Blends. It was a casual, walk-around format and good presentation of “what’s up” in Australia these days. I have to say […]


Shirvington Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon

  "It’s been decades since I’ve been to New York," says the youthful and sporty looking Lynne Shirvington who has come to the U.S. from McLaren Vale to showcase verticals of their Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Lynne, her husband Paul, and son Mark are the trio behind this upscale brand. It’s always great to experience […]


Yellow tail Reserve Tour with MW / MS Doug Frost

Doug Frost MS MW & John Casella (blue tie) Now if you are a Master of Wine student and fine wine writer, receiving an invitation to hear Master Sommelier / Master of Wine Doug Frost speak is a command that must be obeyed. Beyond the hard-won titles that attest to years of intense study, Doug […]