Clos Massotte – Pure Roussillon Beauties

It isn’t every day that you stumble upon great tasting, well-made, clean and stable natural wines.  In fact – and I’ll be castigated for saying this – a large amount of these wines is pretty poorly made.  Worse, too much bad natural wine is bring imported for the sake of being natural and not necessarily quality. […]

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Unboring Bordeaux

Let’s face it, Bordeaux has been boring for a long time.  The region is known for high-end, high-quality, high-cost wines that only the 1% can afford.  The other wines?  Well, there’s a flood of innocuous to downright nasty stuff being made by thousands of small domaines, all struggling since most of what they make stinks. […]

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Happy New Year 2016!

OK once again it’s been a while since I posted.  But man have we been busy.  In the business, we refer to it as OND (October/November/December), and it’s the craziest time of the year.  I’d say a good 35-45% of our sales come from these 3 months.  That’s insane, but that’s the way it is. […]

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A New Touraine

What is it about the wines from the Touraine region of the Loire?  I find them lively and fresh, depending on the winemaker of course, but in general my palate seems to be really attracted to wines from this area.  First we had Pascal Pibaleau in Azay-le-Rideau, then Thierry Landry in Chinon and Laurent Herlin […]

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Beaujolais Part 1

I’ve wanted to import a good Beaujolais for years, but it was nearly impossible to find one that married high quality to affordability and availability.  Add to that some sort of environmental consciousness, and you can just forget about it.  To say we tasted a ton of samples from the area and rejected most of […]

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Benvenuto Italia!

I was minding my business in Europe, tasting all sorts of Organic, Biodynamic and Natural wines from all over the Continent, when I came across a gorgeous Italian red wine.  Medium-bodied, with pretty red and blue fruits backed up by earthy, mineral and herbal nuances on an elegant structure, it really caught my attention.  I […]

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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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Summertime!

Summertime!

After a brutally long winter that never really seemed to want to let us go, summer has finally arrived in all its glory.  And, at least in the Northeast, glorious it is.  Warm but not too hot, with relatively low humidity so far, as of this writing (June 24th).  Let’s cross fingers and hope the […]

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Meet Laurent Herlin

Tsoin Tsoin

We don’t add too many winemakers that often, so when we do it’s something of a special event.  We try to keep the focus on quality and value, which is a tough job.  You can sometimes get one, sometimes the other, but rarely the two.  That Venn Diagram has a very tiny intersection, but that’s […]

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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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Gallivanting in the Gaillac

Nicolas in the Vines

Between the trade shows in Montpellier and Angers, I had the good fortune to spend 2 days in the Gaillac region of France visiting our biodynamic producer Nicolas Lebrun of l’Enclos des Braves.  Wait, where?  It’s just northeast of the city of Toulouse, in the Southwest part of the country.  Wait, what?  OK, OK, take […]

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2013- Thank YOU

Champagne

2013 is almost done, improbably, impossibly, unbelievably.  And, thanks to YOU, what a year! I am not just saying that either, I truly mean it.  This was our first year of actual importing, and boy did we import a lot of wine.  We started off in 4 states, and within 12 months expanded into 7 […]

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