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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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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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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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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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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2012 State of the Wine Biz

And so another year bites the dust.  It’s been 12 months of ups and downs, both personally and professionally.  More ups, I’m happy to say, with lots of good wines, some great bottles, and of course some duds.  I’ve also met some terrific folks, had some amazing meals, and traveled to some great new places […]

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It’s that time of the year…

Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when the leaves turn orange, the birds fly south, and the grapes ripen on the vine. Harvest. Old-vine grapes being picked at Clos Bagatelle in St Chinian Back in 2006 I worked the harvest in Burgundy, and let me tell you, it wasn’t easy, and I was […]

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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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