Christophe Ferrari

Who?  What?  Irancy?  What the heck is that, you might be asking yourself.  Well, it’s a small town and appellation just south of Chablis, in the northern part of that hallowed region, Burgundy.  It’s actually kind of cool, when you think about it (no pun intended), because the town is in a bowl that faces […]

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Chablis! We have Chablis!

Can you tell I’m happy?  Sometimes, I love this job… I was introduced to Louis and Catherine Poitout’s wines through the grapevine, no pun intended.  Several of my contacts started hearing about this couple in Chablis making gorgeous wines with minimal intervention.  And best of all, they had 100+ year old ungrafted vines of Petit […]

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Loire & More

Angers' Medieval Castle

The Chateau in Angers (in warmer times) I’ve been swamped with work since I got back from France in late February, so this post is a tad late.  Apologies, as usual, and all that.  In any case, the rest of the trip went smashingly well.  Aside from a super nasty bug that sidelined me for […]

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Beaune… Rhymes with Home

Beaune rhymes with home… OK, well maybe not that much, but in my mind it does, and that’s all that counts. Troglodytes on the Loire I took the sloooooooooooooow train from Angers to Beaune, a leisurely 6 hour ride on a TER (ironically that stands for Train Express Regional, which, I suppose if you weren’t […]

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Speechless

It’s been a long time since I’ve been back to 11 Madison Park.  Due to personal and business demands, I hadn’t had the chance to return to one of the best restaurants in New York in far too long.  So I jumped at the chance to return there after almost 2 years, and boy was […]

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Giddy Wines

  Giddy wines? What are giddy wines? They are wines that make you sit up and smile, wines that are so lovely and well-made that they remind you why you like wines, and perhaps these particular wines, in the first place. If all wines did that the novelty of finding such a thing would wear […]

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The Lighter Side of Wine

  It’s been a crazy 10 days or so since the NY Times review came out, so I’ve been swamped with work and haven’t really had time to write. Add to that the fact that I’ve had a serious case of Writer’s Block (high frustration, low creativity), and, well, what you’ve got is not as […]

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Comfort Wines

When a death in the family hits you hard, you immediately look for things and people to comfort you. Friends and family come to the rescue, reminding us of how rich we are in real terms, not monetary or material ones. And we turn to those things which inspire and impassion us to help us […]

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Thanksgiving in Florida

The pre-Thanksgiving lunch Well, another holiday has passed us by. I hope everyone had a lovely time with friends, family, and the Big Bird. But I have to admit something: I hate turkey. I really do. Luckily, since I am the one who cooks on Thanksgiving, I get to choose what we’re eating. One year […]

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A Night in Macon

The town of Pouilly Fuissé I left Avignon for Macon, in southern Burgundy, with a heavy heart and a somewhat heavier head (more like a pounding head to be honest). My winemaker, Didier Tripoz, of Domaine Cathérine et Didier Tripoz, picked me up at the tiny train station. I represent their monopole wine, the Clos […]

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Falling in Love Again (yes, Burgundy)

The Village of Vosne-Romanée OK, enough with my shilling the wines I represent, what about the stuff I only drink on special occasions? What about those once a year splurges where you don’t look at the prices and just let your knowledge and love of a particular wine region guide you? Nights where you just […]

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La Paulée (in Colorado)- Day Two

Hey, look at that, I geeked out somewhat in my previous post! What a shock (not)! OK, sorry, but I was really swept up in the excitement of the memory of having tasted some real vinous delights. Most of these are extremely hard to get and shockingly expensive, so having them all at one sitting […]

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La Paulée (in Colorado)- Day One

La what??? La Paulée (pronounced Paul-ay) is the festival in Burgundy that marks the end of the harvest. For three days, winemakers party their exhausted butts off. This being France, there is an inordinate amount of wine drinking, cigarette smoking, and other assorted depravities. This festival now also takes place in New York and San […]

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Happy Birthday Mrs. Vinotas

The Table is Set It’s Mrs. Vinotas’ birthday, so time to open a birth-year wine and cook some yummy things. Plus, it’s been a great week work-wise, I managed to get two more wines (my Cotes du Rhône and my Minervois) into the biggest market in the US: New York, baby! If you can make […]

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Friday Night Wines

You meet a lot of people who share this passion for wine, and most are generous and quite nice. As in every relationship, a very few end up being close friends, and this past Friday we were honored to have two couples that we call close friends over for dinner. It is nights like these […]

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