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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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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Be Gentle…

  It’s our first time… our first Portfolio Tasting that is. After 2 years of constant growth in the US market (from 2 to 15 states in less than 24 months), we’re proud to announce that we’re having our very first ever trade-only Portfolio Tasting.  We’ll be pouring most of our small grower Organic and […]

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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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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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Beaune… Rhymes with Home

Beaune rhymes with home… OK, well maybe not that much, but in my mind it does, and that’s all that counts. Troglodytes on the Loire I took the sloooooooooooooow train from Angers to Beaune, a leisurely 6 hour ride on a TER (ironically that stands for Train Express Regional, which, I suppose if you weren’t […]

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Millesime Bio 2012

Every year, a horde of thirsty wine buyers makes its way to Montpellier for the annual Organic and Biodynamic wines trade show, Millesime Bio. It doesn’t hurt that the show takes place in the South of France, where the ambient temperature upon arrival was 60F. For reference, despite a relatively mild winter, when I left […]

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Are These Wines Rated?

That must be the single most reviled question I have ever heard at a tasting. Granted, it’s only happened twice, but WOW does it piss me off. Really? You need to rely on some shmuck to tell you what you like? Do you really doubt yourself that much? Frankly, I think you also like giving […]

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Tastings!

The year has gotten off to a crazy start: tons of work, lots of work-withs and, of course, tastings, where I’ll be pouring my wines in the New York City area. That’s the fun part, where I get to meet fellow wine-lovers or even plain civilians who are curious, but afraid of wine. I really […]

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Where Winos Dine

Well, we can’t just drink, can we? I mean, wine is meant to be enjoyed with food and friends and family, not all alone. If you start doing that, you might need some assistance… No, good wine is designed to go with good food, both adding their virtues to the experience of life. When the […]

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Free Booze!

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when my wholesalers plop me down in front of a table and make me stand there like a human spigot. Granted, this is the part of the job I really love, where I get to interact with the vast, unwashed masses of humanity. Most of the time, it’s […]

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Judging vs Tasting

This past weekend I was invited to be a judge at the Concours des Vignerons Independants, the Independant Winemakers’ Competition, in Paris. As you can imagine, I was very honored. But then again, I’ll take any excuse to go to Paris. Even for just 4 days. Some of the most distinctive wines are being made […]

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Meet the Wine Geek (me)

Who? Well, me, to be honest. I have no qualms about referring to myself that way, I assure you. I love to talk, no, babble incessantly, about my wines, and I do know a ton of geeky, er, let’s call it esoteric, information about them. I will be pouring my wines at the Wine Library, […]

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Breakfast of Champions

This is what a wine broker’s counter looks like at 8:30am. You have to check the wines to make sure there are no flaws or corked bottles before heading out to your first meetings. Yesterday, I was in New Jersey in the morning, tasting with a big retailer where the reception was rather warm (heck, […]

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Vinotas in the News!

Photo of a tasting in Narbonne published in “Le Paysan du Midi”, August 3rd, 2007 (That’s me in the middle, scribbling notes)

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