Oct
12

Two Elysian Pumpkin Beers

I will have some articles coming soon on Portugal where I am visiting Porto and the Douro valley. In the meantime, enjoy this very quick note on two excellent seasonal

Oct
4

Podere Il Carnasciale “Carnasciale” 2010

The super-Tuscan was once a much ballyhooed beast. The most famous wines still command very high prices of $150-$300 a bottle (see Solaia, Ornelleia, Sassicaia). The success of these wines

Oct
1

Graham’s Vintage Port 1983

Soon I will be off to Portugal for a sponsored press trip exploring Porto and the Douro Valley. Portugal is one of the most exciting wine regions in the world

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Sep
28

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Tatomer Gruner Veltliner “Paragon” Edna Valley 2013

It’s easy not to see time. We are quick to embrace its evaporation, either in satiety or fear. Distraction. Each moment but a prediction of the next. But there is

Sep
25

International Cellars Portfolio Tasting

There have been a few portfolio tastings from important importers recently. International Cellars has one of the best Italian selections in the city. Here are my picks from this year’s

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Sep
22

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2010

The Perrin family are one of the few large French producers who entered California and managed to actually make something distinctly Californian, jump start a lesser known region, push a

Sep
20

Poggio di Sotto Rosso di Montalcino 2007

As expensive as Poggio di Sotto’s wines are, they also sit a clear echelon above most from Montalcino. This 2007 Rosso is, in form and complexity, more like a Brunello

Sep
19

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Forlorn Hope “Que Sandade” Sierra Foothills Verdelho 2012

It is the felt life. The deeper roots we place reach their measure on instances of resonant kinship. It is the understanding that we can touch something fundamental by bypassing

Sep
15

Dominique Laurent Chambolle-Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2008

Dominique Laurent is a controversial figure amongst Burgundy enthusiasts. The reason? Heavy reliance on new oak and a high potency style that can turn off those who seek the purely

Sep
13

Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Arnot Roberts Old Vine White 2012

Another important development in the best unusual whites coming out of California is a renewed appreciation for old vine field blends. Long the format for the best Zinfandel based wines