Sangiovese
Monteraponi Chianti:  why it's like Burgundy, only better.

Monteraponi Chianti: why it’s like Burgundy, only better.

Monteraponi is not only one of the most up and coming estates in Chianti, but one of the finest.  The estate run by Michele Braganti located in Radda in Chianti has been in the family since 1974 but Michele only began making wine in 2003.  And in the span of a decade Monteraponi has quickly...
Top 10 Wines of 2012

Top 10 Wines of 2012

As I reflect back on 2012 I can honestly say that it was my luckiest year yet when it comes to wine.  I was fortunate enough to have drunk more great wine more often with more great people than any other year.  This is a blessing.  And in some ways a curse.  Whatever, I have...
Brunello, Now More Than Ever.

Brunello, Now More Than Ever.

After the Brunellogate scandal a few years back and despite the recent criminal tragedy at Soldera, Brunello di Montalcino stands at a moment of renaissance.  A second act if you will.  With the recent publication of the very fine and wonderfully opinionated book Brunello di Montalcino by Kerin O’Keefe, we may be seeing a lot...
A Tuscan Wine Dinner & The Meaning of Life

A Tuscan Wine Dinner & The Meaning of Life

If there is one thing I have learned about wine it’s that wine drunk alone can only be good.  To be great it must be drunk with others.  This proved true on a recent night when friends new and old came together for a Tuscan wine dinner at Aurora in Brooklyn.  I had tried a...
Fattoria di Felsina & Real Deal Chainti Classico

Fattoria di Felsina & Real Deal Chainti Classico

Chianti often gets ignored in the short list of great Italian wines.  Especially with Brunello di Montalcino sitting nearby.  But there is something inherent to the best Chianti’s that really speaks to a real sense of Italianess.  The wines of Felsina have always embodied that to me.  I am not sure if anyone else out...
Checking in on Chianti:  Guess Who's Back!

Checking in on Chianti: Guess Who’s Back!

Chainti don’t get the love it deserves.  Though the wicker basket, spaghetti and meatballs days may be long gone, there is still not a lot of love out there for what might be Italy’s signature wine.  And while my heart may lie further north, there is no denying the place of a good bottle of...
Rediscovering Chianti - Antico Podere Casanova

Rediscovering Chianti – Antico Podere Casanova

Is it just me, or does Chianti not get enough love?  I will readily admit that I have neglected the region of Chianti for some time now.  But after a few recent experiences I find myself rediscovering Chianti and Sangiovese in a major way; like that classic album by that band that you used to...
Montevertine 2004 Sangiovese at Diner Restaurant, Williamsburg

Montevertine 2004 Sangiovese at Diner Restaurant, Williamsburg

My good friend and fellow wine lover Vanessa was in town from London this week and she came out to visit us in Williamsburg and see our son Wylie.  After he went to bed, Vanessa and I went around the corner to Diner, (which quintessentially represents the neighborhood I think), as I wanted Van to...