Meet Andrea Kihlgren

Every once in a while you meet a winemaker who’s so on the edge that he or she gets you all excited to work with their wines.  People who are so passionate that they bravely push the envelope is something that I’m constantly looking for and what I live for.  Even if these wines can be […]

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Natural Nebbiolo

In my continuing quest for new Italian producers, I stumbled upon a small Natural Nebbiolo and Vespolina winery in northern Piedmont.  I had not expected to find something in the area for a while, because like Burgundy it can be difficult to find good, un-imported domaines.  Both Burgundy and Piedmont are some of my favorite regions, […]

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Smokin’ Sicily

OK, bad pun, especially when you consider there is an actual volcano spewing actual super hot lava on the island.  But still, I mean come on, wines from Sicily are freakin’ smokin’.  They’re driven by lush but bright fruit and tons of minerality from all that volcanic soil and the high altitudes.  So in my […]

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F’ing Falanghina

So I was at a trade show in Naples in 2014, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius (the dangers I won’t brave for my customers!), tasting through wave after wave of insipid whites and overoaked, over-extracted reds.  Then I came to a table where a kindly old lady, who spoke no English and barely any French, […]

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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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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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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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Ciao, Italia!

Stefano

While in Europe, I had the chance to pop over to Tuscany and visit our Organic producer Tenuta San Jacopo in Cavriglia, a tiny speck of a town between Florence and Arezzo.  Stefano, the winemaker, picked me up from the Pisa airport and, in characteristic Italian fashion, drove me to the winery.  It was a […]

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The Italians are Coming!

Well, you knew it had to happen eventually.  I always try to keep an open mind, and more importantly, an open palate, so I’m always on the lookout for something interestingly different but good and affordable.  Which means, of course, that I taste a lot of crap and really abuse my tongue for my customers. […]

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Breaking News: Brunello Imports Blocked, My Wines Available!

This has been a busy week already, and it’s only Tuesday! But I wanted to share some incredible news, maybe not relevant to me per se as I rep only French wines, but very important to those who love Italian wines: in the wake of a wine-faking scandal in Italy that saw Brunello di Montalcino-labelled […]

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