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The Joys of Opening Older Wine

The Joys of Opening Older Wine

While I don’t get to open older wines all that often, when I do I cannot help but get swept up in the nostalgia, the history, and the excitement.  In fact, it’s almost more important than what’s in the bottle.  I mean, as long as it’s not corked or hopelessly over the hill, then the...
Saint Damien 2004 Gigondas "Vieilles Vignes"

Saint Damien 2004 Gigondas “Vieilles Vignes”

I rarely find myself reaching to the Southern Rhone as my first wine of choice.  But I found a little gem from Saint Damien in my parent’s cellar on the 4th of July and thought that the bold Gigondas palate might pair nicely with BBQ Chicken and other patriotic treats like baked beans, ghetto potatoes...
New Wine Discoveries @ Buvette

New Wine Discoveries @ Buvette

I had been recommended to dine at Buvette on Grove Street in the West Village by a good friend.  One look at their sweet website and the deal was sealed.  The place is small, takes no reservations, and is basically French small plates.  Ambiance is banging, and so is the vibe.  Service is French, as...
Wine Pairing: On Matching Wine with Wine.

Wine Pairing: On Matching Wine with Wine.

It’s fun to try and put together a few bottles of wine for a dinner or tasting that will go with each other nicely.  It’s kind of like stringing words together to form a Haiku or something.  Sometimes it’s easy; pick a region or a grape variety and go.  But it’s more challenging, and sometimes...
Top 10 Wines of 2011.

Top 10 Wines of 2011.

Okay, well forget top ten, let’s make it a baker’s dozen while we’re at it.  No particular order, I will just list them youngest to oldest according to vintage.  There are some reds, some young, some old, a white, a rosé, and even a non vintage number.  Just wines that kept me thinking throughout the...
Keens:  Best Steak House in NYC!

Keens: Best Steak House in NYC!

I recently dined at Keen’s Chophouse with some friends for a holiday meal along with several hundred other New Yorkers who clambered to have their ideal holiday meal at one of the city’s most iconic restaurants and what is, in my estimation, the best classic steak house in the NYC (sorry Peter Luger).  Yes, that’s...
Queen of Papes:  Isabel Ferrando

Queen of Papes: Isabel Ferrando

There are some types of wine that a lot of people seem to love that I don’t.  Burgundy is a big one.  And Châteauneuf-du-Pape is another.  I think that Robert Parker caused a lot of producers to push the ripeness, alcohol, and extraction into unbearable territory.  For this reason I have generally avoided Châteauneuf-du-Pape and...
Under $20 Awesomeness

Under $20 Awesomeness

If you think you have to spend a lot to get a lot, well I can tell you, that is not always the case.  And here are two very fine examples for your consideration. First up, Domaine Monpertuis 2009 Cote du Rhone.  Normally I avoid Cotes du Rhone for the very fact that they are...
Cote Rotie, Cornas, & Neal Rosenthal

Cote Rotie, Cornas, & Neal Rosenthal

This blog post is so long over due that I am almost ashamed to put it out there.  But we are talking about Neal Rosenthal here who is a hero to many people in the world of wine, myself included.  Neal Rosenthal started as an importer of authentic wines in the 1970s and is among...