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Wine Country Resort Review: 5 Star Il Boscareto Resort

Piedmont is all about pleasure. First, there’s the pleasure of the senses. It begins when you see the gorgeous green rolling hills at every turn. Then the nose, when you take your first sniff of Barolo still maturing in barrel. Then the eyes, when you see all the gorgeous produce, and of course the palate, […]



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Bordeaux 2013: Tasting Listrac, Moulis, Medoc, and Margaux

So here I am on April 3, 2014 at Chateau Labegorce tasting the 2013 vintage of wines from Listrac, Moulis. Medoc, and Margaux. The good news is this: the majority of your favorite wines, despite the challenging vintage, are showing very well at the moment. Though extremely young at this point in time, the majority […]



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Meeting with Paulo Laureano in Alentejo, Portugal

  “I believe in wine with terroir, and I believe in wine that has a story behind it,” says Paulo Laureano with a smile in his cheerful Australian-accented English, as I walk inside the BL Lounge restaurant. It is a modern, yet laid-back place in the wine resort town of Evora, with a sleek looking […]



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Dinner with Luis Duarte

Dinner with Luis Duarte   “Why do you smile so much?” Luis Duarte’s mother often asked himas a child. Though in the picture above he appears rather reflective, Luis Duarte has a very engaging, energetic personality as belies a winemaker who has won Portugal’s “Winemaker of the Year” not once but twice (1997 and 2007) […]



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Lunch with Dennis and Bruce Cakebread!

“Happy anniversary!” I say to Bruce Cakebread, who is in Manhattan to showcase his family’s wines and also celebrate a wedding anniversary with his wife. I had met his brother Dennis a few years before so I already knew the quality of the wine. This year, Cakebread Cellars is celebrating its 40 year anniversary, founded […]



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Bocelli Wines Come to New York

  Very interesting tasting yesterday afternoon at Le Cirque …Andrea Bocelli, one of the best selling classical music artis with over 70 million CDs sold, and his family came to New York to promote his family’s wines.  Since 1881 the Bocelli family has made Italian wine on their estate in Tuscany, and now they are […]



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New News from Bouchard Finlayson

  I met Peter Finlayson (pictured above) last December when several winemakers from several producers from the Hermanus Wine Route in South Africa got together and created a tasting of their wines. All of the wines were excellent – extreme high quality, balanced, and for the post part rather old world in style (you can […]



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Visiting Alto de la Ballena in Uruguay

Have you ever considered moving to what some people think is the ‘end of the world?” The landscape in this remote part of Uruguay is somewhat luner, yet it’s the special terroir that makes the wines of Alto de la Ballena so good. The winery was started in 2000 by Paula Pivel, who worked for […]



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Visit and Lunch at Bouza in Uruguay

“What are those curious birds!” I can’t help but ask, as we tour the vineyard of Bodega Bouza in Uruguay. My guides are Eduardo Boido, winemaker and Cristina Santoro, who manages PR and communications. It is a gorgeous warm day and besides the vineyards of Tannat there is a small flock of beautiful, elegant birds […]



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Visiting Warwick Wine Estate

  Entering Warwick Estate is like entering a reception for an elegant garden party. Before a guest even tastes the wine in the gorgeously designed tasting room, or in one of the many outdoor venues for a picnic, the stage is set for an afternoon experience. A bit early for our appointment with winemaker Nic […]



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A Visit to De Grendel in South Africa

  “So what’s the story with these gorgeous horses?” I ask Charles Hopkins, cellar master at De Grendel wines in Cape Town. It is a gorgeous day, and I am sitting in the bright white tasting room with Charles and Richard Theron, Sales & Marketing Manager looking out at sleek Arab horses, meandering sheep, and […]



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Visiting Markus Schneider Belvini in Ellerstadt, Germany

markus schneider belvini … so on the trip, our group will also be stopping at the winery of Weingut Markus Schneider. According to the web site (a rather creative and loose Google translation) Schneider likes to make fresh, concentrated wine with more mineral than fruit and works on the principle (“less is more.) Red wine […]



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Brasserie Beaumarchais: St, Tropez in NYC

  “Now all we need are sun umbrellas!” said a friend recently at Brasserie Beaumarchais, a very fun restaurant with a lively club-style brunch. The restaurant scene in St. Tropez is fairly wild and decadent with wealthy patrons spraying expensive champagne at one another and bikini-clad patrons dancing to loud disco music. The scene was […]



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Naked Wine (Book Review) …

  Naked Wine by Alice Feiring Reviewed by Marisa D’Vari In this colorful narrative vaguely similar to Kermit Lynch’s Adventures on the Wine Route, Alice Feiring tackles “natural wine,” currently one of the hottest subjects in the wine world. Most people think that like buying the freshest produce in a greenmarket, the more natural the […]



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July 4th – Perfect Independence Day Wine

  “Help! Need the PERFECT picnic wines to suit many foods and many guests this July 4th. What to buy!?” Pairing a wine to match a holiday theme, various ‘outdoor’ style dishes, and the tastes of guests who may be new to wine or have discerning preferences, can be a challenge. Yet if you stick […]



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Tasting with Jim Collins of Frei Brothers

Jim Collins “I strive for the perfect blend of art and science,” says Jim Collins, who is the ‘official’ ambassador of Frei Brothers wines, and also holds the more illustrious title of Coastal Viticulture operations for Gallo wines in the region. As you may know, coastal regions in California are considered ‘cool climate,’ and ‘cool […]



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Winemaker Cristobal Undurraga Marimon comes to New York

Cristobal Undurraga Marimon is a member of the family known in the Chilean wine industry as “the pioneers,” who were among the first in the 1980s to bring the country’s fine, value-priced wines to the attention of the world. Recently I met him in New York to discuss the Undurraga family’s new wine label, Koyle, […]



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Visiting the N. Rhone Caveau & Vineyards of M. Chapoutier

  “Welcome!” says Jeremy Steimer in perfect English, looking very fresh and crisp on this hot sunny day with his well-pressed shirt, light hair, and cheerful smile. We shake hands in the M. Chapoutier Caveau (showroom), a gorgeously decorated place where the special soils of Michel Chapoutier’s vineyards can be seen behind a glass case. […]



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Will the Ipad Replace Sommeliers?

  You’ve probably seen the headlines in wine magazines and blogs, in which various professionals weigh in about restaurants using Ipads as a customized wine list, and if this will replace sommeliers. Of course, it’s a legitimate question … how many times have you pulled out your Blackberry or iPhone to check on a vintage. […]



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Wines of Albino Armani

Very excited to introduce you in this email to the lovely and very passionate Egle Armani, the wife (and spokeswoman) for the Albino Armani winery she owns with her husband. A few other journalists and I gathered together to taste her wines and hear her story at Dan Meyers new Maialino restaurant in Gramercy Park. […]