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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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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Time Flies

Sheesh, feels like we were just complaining about 2014’s cold winter and now here we are in early September.  At least in NYC, the weather’s cooled off somewhat, but business is just warming up.  Soon hordes of salespeople will fill the streets of the city with bags brimming with samples. That said, I wanted to […]

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Shark Week Wines

Shark Week

Eeeeeeek! Actually, it’s awesome, it’s informative and it’s fun.  It’s Shark Week again on Discovery Channel, and sharks are a passion of mine.  Judging from the channel’s ratings at this time of the year, a LOT of people share that passion.  Who can resist learning more about these magnificent eating machines, who’ve barely changed since […]

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August is Here

August is Here

Time marches on, and we’re already in August.  It’s hot, it’s sticky, so what to drink?  I get asked this a lot (well, actually, I get this all year-round, but I figured let’s focus on August since it’s Friday 8/1 and many of you are just hanging out by the pool and BBQ’ing while I […]

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An Italian in NYC

Shake Shack Italian Style

If I haven’t posted in a bit, it’s because April was Roadwarrior Month for us.  I was traveling literally every single week of the month, visiting the wholesalers who sell our wines in other states for their Spring shows.  Luckily, Stefano Balzanelli, the winemaker of Tenuta San Jacopo, our Organic Chianti, came to New York […]

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Back to Basics: Blind Chardonnay Tasting

  This blog is ostensably about wine, and my passion is wine, but let’s face it, I’ve been a bit neglectful in talking about it lately. So let’s get back to basics: a blind Chardonnay tasting. When this was first proposed, I was excited. First, I love good Chardonnay, espcially from Burgundy (duh). Second, it’s […]

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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 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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The Harvest

To most folks, the harvest is an ephemereal, romantic idea, a time of the year when leaves start to turn orange, the weather cools, and the vintners pick their grapes. In their minds, the grapes are tread by foot by happy workers stained red and singing La Marseilleise while eating baguettes and paté. Outside, women […]

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