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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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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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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East meets West

Cabot Klamath Cuvee

Well, it was bound to happen: our first CA wine! We taste a lot of wine from all over the world here at Vinotas Selections, even if our emphasis has been on Europe, and more specifically, France.  That’s just a factor of the genetic roll of the dice that had me visiting family there and […]

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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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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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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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The Great Irouléguy Tasting & a Guest Blogger!

The what? I know, I know, you are probably wondering what the heck is that word up there. It’s the name of a region in the Basque area of the South of France, in the Pyrenées mountains separating France from Spain. If you want to pronounce it, imagine it’s spelled “Ee-Roo-Lay-Guee” and you’ll be close […]

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The Thrill of Discovery

Obviously not me, but I like the picture The other day I wrote about how I get tons of samples, and how I really need to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince amongst them. And it’s quite true, though many people still think I’m spoiled with all the free booze. Yeah, well, […]

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