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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… More »

Phenomenal Femmes Dinner Tonight with Lilian Barton

    It was so great to see Lilian Barton Sartorius yesterday at the Union Des Grand Crus de Bordeaux tasting in New York City. Despite the snow storm, the… More »

Fines Bulles: Exploring the Extraordinary Bubbles of Loire For The Holidays …. And Beyond

Now that the holidays are here, it’s time to turn your attention to sparkling wine, yes? We all know about Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco … yet how many times have… More »

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… More »

Meeting Joan Kautz of Ironstone Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills

“You must be the oldest grape growing family I’ve ever met … in the USA, of course,” I say to Joan Kautz, whose family has been farming in Lodi, California… More »

Tasting Notes Week of September 8th, 2014

Georges Duboeuf Beajolais Village 2013 This is a great food wine, especially in summer and early fall, with softer tannins and a fruit-led structure. It was fun to try it… More »

Next Week: Off to Alto Adige!

So I am VERY excited to be visiting Alto Adige next week … I visited nearby Trentino a few years ago, which produces very high quality sparkling wine and am… More »

Stellenbosch Vineyard’s Wine & Food Pairing Dinner Comes to Vareli in NYC

“Welcome,” says Eduan, offering me a tall glass of something purple and sparkling! I is the Stellenbosch Vineyards Four Secrets Sparkling Shiraz, refreshing and delicious with a hint of oak. And this… More »

Finger Lakes Wines Rock #FLXwine

Did you know the Finger Lakes is considered a world class wine growing region? The Finger lakes were carved out by successive waves of glaciers. These large, deep fresh water… More »

Meeting Hunter Smith of Frankland Estate

“Have you ever had three – no FIVE different rieslings in front of you, all from the same region and winery?” Most folks associate riesling with Germany, even though now… More »

Tasting Notes Week of May 5, 2014

Michael David Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Very well balanced, food friendy wine that is more “old world” than new in its bright crisp flavor profile. Compared it blind to a Sancerre… More »

Chateau-Figeac Vertical & Lunch

“This 2013 is delightful!” a fellow journalist said, trying the new vintage after a vertical of Chateau-Figeac and Petite-Figeac  starting from the 2003 vintage (with three vintages of Petite-Figeac, including… More »

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