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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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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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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Shameless Shilling…?

Look at me!

I’m not a fan of shameless shilling, I have to admit. I know, I know, it’s shocking considering how often I update our Facebook page.  But I try to keep it light and fun, I mean, that’s what wine is all about, right?  More importantly, I am a firm believer in letting the quality of […]

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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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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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Gaillac? Gaillac!

Well, let no one say that we’ve been lazy this year.  It’s been NUTS.  To quote the great philosopher Mel Brooks, “Nuts!  N-V-T-S nuts!”  The first 8 months of this year have been spent doing business development, keeping our current customers happy, and juggling tastings of samples sent from Europe. Speaking of which, now that […]

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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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Wining and Dining in South Florida

It’s good to be home after a week of sun, heat and humidity in South Florida. That said, the weather wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been, I got some major tan lines, did some serious laps around the pool, and still managed to find some good wines. Food, as usual, was another […]

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They Like Me (Part Deux)!

Well, yet again, not really me (understandable, after all I am an opinionated, stubborn SOB as most of my friends will tell you), but rather one of my wines. I was thrilled to see a review of my Chateau La Bouscade on the influential Mark Squires Bulletin Board. I guess I should preface this with […]

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The Work-With

The WHAT? A “work-with” is when the representative of a winery follows its distributor’s salesperson to various accounts, such as restaurants and stores. There, he talks up and pours the wine for the various wine buyers. It’s a way to generate interest in your wine with both the wholesaler’s rep and the people who deal […]

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