We’ve got new Bubbles!

Anyone who knows me or who has read this blog knows I love bubbles.  I just wish I could find more that were well made and affordable!  Well, as luck had it, I stumbled on a small Champagne house that had never been imported, that made great wines, that wouldn’t break the bank, and that […]

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Turkey Wines

Ruh roh

It’s almost that time of the year again, Thanksgiving! Time to gather the family, roast a turkey, eat until you can’t move and grab a few bottles of good vino so you can handle said family and food.  Luckily I’m here to help you wash away your woes with a list of delicious wines that […]

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Day Tripping the Champagne Fantastic

Jerome Bourgeois & Papa

While in Europe I also got a chance to take a day and visit our biodynamic Champagne producer, Jérome Bourgeois of Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz.  That’s the nice thing about France, the train system is so civilized that barely an hour after leaving Paris I was standing in the winery, meeting his Papa (see above) and tasting […]

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The Bubbly Has Landed

Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz Brut

It’s Fall again (or almost – it was 52F when I woke up this morning, so cool enough that it pretty much counts as Fall for me), which means it’s the main selling season for the wine business.  Already, salespeople are trolling the streets like hungry wolves, rolly bags full of clinking samples in tow, […]

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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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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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Champagne Striptease

What better way to kick off a new blog than with a sexy, sinfully titilating striptease by Bubbles?  Get your minds out of the gutter, I’m talking Champagne here, nothing naughtier than that.  But a good Champagne can sometimes make us all feel a little naughty, which is not a bad thing. At first she […]

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Meet Champagne Bourgeois-Diaz

  Jérome Bourgeois, winemaker Anyone who reads this blog knows I like Champagne. Heck, let’s be honest, I LOVE Champagne. I do like other bubblies (especially Cremants and Perlants, some Cavas and Proseccos too), but the French stuff is where it’s at for me. Maybe it’s genetic, who knows? So as someone who represents small, […]

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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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Sunny bubbles

It’s sometimes amazing how a wine can remind you of certain sights, sounds and smells. But then again, drinking wine is not just about its taste but also about the entirety of the experience, whether its hedonistic, introspective, contextual, or all three. So over a long and lazy Labor Day weekend in La Jolla I […]

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Sir Winston Churchill Comes Alive

No, not that one, of course. Rather, I’m talking about a recent tasting I organized with some friends of Pol Roger’s prestige cuvée, the Sir Winston Churchill Champagne. The great man was a big fan and supporter of the Pol Roger house, and of Champagne in general. In fact, he is quoted as having said […]

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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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A Day in Champagne

There are many nice things about being in Paris. But one of the best is being only an hour or so by car or TGV from that winemaking region so close to my heart, Champagne. Yes, Champagne… Swoon… It’s a large area, with various terrains and terroirs. In the winter, and in fact for most […]

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Blind Bubbly Tasting

I am a big fan of blind tasting. It’s humbling, but also very educational. Your mind races as the different flavors flow over your palate, trying to catch ephemeral hints of this and that, trying to figure out exactly what it is you’re tasting. It’s certainly not as easy as it looks, as the brain […]

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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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