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Book Review: Buy the Right Wine Every Time by Tom Stevenson

  Okay, so the sub-title to this book is: The No-Fuss No-Vintage Wine Guide.  It is designed for the consumer who “drinks wine” yet does not “think wine.” The above statement translates into a nicely packaged, informative book that is a guide to the most widely available wines found in restaurants and wine shops globally. […]



Tasting Note February 2, 2014

Vaza Rioja Cosecha 2012 Very fresh and vibrant wine with red cherries, oak, that pairs well with many different cuisine at an affordable price point.  This is actually the entry level wine of a top winery I visited in Rioja Solar Viejo Jose Montilla is the winemaker at Solar Viejo in Rioja, which was originally built […]



Tasting Notes January 27, 2014: Dama de Toro + Spanish Sons

Spanish Sons 2010 Tempranillo from Castilla Y Leon, Spain – very well made, easy drinking wine with gentle tannins and a pleasant smoky character.  Flavors of cherry and subtle tobacco and well balanced acidity and tannin. *** Tasted three wines from Dama de Toro, from the Douro Valley in Spain. Dama De Toro Malvasia 2012 […]



2005 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin

Drinking well this moment. Nose ripe with concentrated morello red cherry and earthy minerality, palate very structured with rich ripe red fruit and some blackcurrant in the background, acidity racy medium and tannin grippy and medium, very refined. finish long and mineral with a focus of red concentrated fruit.



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eBook Review: The World Atlas of Wine, by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson

Like many of you, I’ve been buying enormous, weighty wine books and atlases with each new edition, as there is always important and exciting information. As soon as the newest version of The World Atlas of Wine by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson came out, I raved about it in a review, as the text […]



2008 Croft Vintage Port

Inky, jammy black fruit on the nose and palate, very well balanced with med+ racy acidity, muscular yet supple tannins, and a long finish of crushed blackberries and minerals. Aromas: violets,blackberries Other flavors: spice, black currant, cinnamon, nutmeg, loganberries, mission fig (fresh, ripe), black prune (moist, top quality), cassis How could I know it was […]



2006 Monier de la Chaptoutier Sizeanne

Tasting Colour : deep garnet red, with purplish lights. Nose : red fruit (rapberry, blackcurrant), with a hint of liquorice. Mouth : good attack, round and elegant wine with concentrated and gentle tannins. The final is on blackcurrant, raspberry and spicy (pepper) aromas when it is you Grape variety Syrah. Soil Our Hermitage “Monier de […]



Vigna I Botri Riserva 2008

Interesting wine from Chambers Street …. organic and blind tasted against a Rosso di Montalcino just being told they were from the same country .. dry, with medium racy acidity, medium smooth tannins, medium body, medium 13.5 alcohol, and a very intense herbal cherry (red) finish … could easily be confused (blind) with a Burgundian […]



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Tasting Notes Week of November 11th 2014

2011 Petite Petit Michael David Winery Interesting blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot … lots of black fruit and vanilla. A great full bodied wine that pairs well with stews and meat/ 2010 Macari Bergen Road How honored! This is their flagship red blend made only in premium vintages. You can really […]



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Tasting Notes Week of November 3, 2013

Eccoci Blanco 2011 Flavorful wine with a deep gold color, chewy texture, and savory flavors like saffron, mushroom and East Indian spices. Crisp dry finish with a hint of bitter almonds. The medium tannins and excellent structure can stand up to cuisine such as salmon and chicken. Interesting Northern Rhone blend of Rousanne (5O), Viognier […]



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Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book 2014

How about this for an idea? “If you like Rioja, try Washington State Merlot.”   What! Where did that curveball come from? Actually, it comes from Hugh Johnson’s new updated 2014 Pocket Wine Book, where the first dozen or so pages offer readers intriguing ideas about how to expand their repertoire and frankly, get out […]



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New Edition: The World Atlas of Wine!

Wow, I was so excited to receive my new 7th edition of the World Atlas of Wine, written by the famous Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson. It is completely revised and updated, with GORGEOUS color pictures and clear maps with large type. In comparison, the design of the older books just looked … old (and […]



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Exploring Casa Pomona

    Last night I had a fab dinner at Casa Pomona, a new restaurant in the Upper West side on Columbus between 84th and 85th. Above is Marion Maur, who is also involved in Bocelli in the Park, Marion’s Country Kitchen, and SushiSamba. Of course, it was a gorgeous night and fun to grab […]



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Tasting Notes Week of September 3, 2013

So this week some interesting reds from Michael David Winery… Earthquake Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 What was interesting about this wine was the “Lodi” factor. Though it was very fruit-led on the palate, very rich and satisfying, I was trying to taste it in the sense of it being Lodi and not Napa.  Perhaps it was […]



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Tasting Notes Week of 8/26/13

2009 Chateau Boutisse (Bordeaux) Very impressed by this wine – near black opaque color, delicious nose of black cherry,  black licorice, repeated on the palate along with black earth. Dry wine with medium racy acidity, smooth yet slightly grainy tannin, and medium alcohol (13%).  Lots of finesse and rich ripe fruit. 1975 La Grange Of […]



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Tasting Notes August 11, 2013

  2012 Michael David Chardonnay Wow, what a delicious wine! Very surprised by the friendly $16 price tag of this well crafted Chardonnay from Lodi, 68% barrel fermented in new French oak (40%). Very buttery in the California style. Tropical and Mango flavors. It’s a new offering from this quality family owned winery and recommended. […]



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Tasting Notes Week of August 5, 2013

Macari  Sauvignon Blanc 2012 So its summer and the right time to drink a refreshing racy wine like this … very zesty with grapefruit, kefir lime, and zippy acidity. Great with seafood! The Diving Rod 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon New French oak, medium toast, and lots of ripe black fruits, blackberry, and black cherry! […]



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Tasting Notes May 6, 2013: Hahn Pinot Noir 2011 & Director’s Cut Sauvignon Blanc 2012

  “Wait, that’s my bottle!” The lively young group at the next table looked at the waiter opening our bottle of Hahn Pinot Noir in amazement. It turns out that they brought the exact same wine for a BYOB dinner at New York’s best restaurant! In time, they relaxed when their own bottle was brought […]



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Tasting Notes May 6, 2013

  Queulat Sauvignon Blanc and Queulat Pinot Noir from Ventisquero So last night at my favorite BYOB restaurant I brought these fabulous wines from Chile! I am on a Chile kick right now … last week I attended a great tutored tasting of Chilean wines and am so excited about the quality and all the […]



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Tasting Tons de Duorum 2011 & Alente Riserva 2006

Last night at The Modern in Manhattan I tasted some really fabulous wines – very surprising! The biggest surprise was a Portuguese white, Tons de Duorum 2011 – frankly, I did not know what to expect as I do not have white wines from Portugal very often. Tasting it (without knowing the varietals) I would […]