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Dirty & Rowdy with Hardy Wallace

Dirty & Rowdy with Hardy Wallace

Dirty & Rowdy from the zinfidel on Vimeo. Hardy Wallace of Dirty & Rowdy talks wine and fried chicken at Vine Wine, Brooklyn.  
Nicholas Joly & Coulée de Serrant

Nicholas Joly & Coulée de Serrant

A lot has been written about Nicolas Joly, and perhaps even more has been said about Nicolas Joly, Biodynamics, and the Coulée de Serrant wines by Nicolas himself.  He is an outspoken and controversial figure who has pioneered biodyanmic viticulture in France and has been it’s most vocal proponent.  It becomes hard to separate the...
Vignes du Maynes & the Oldest Organic Vineyard in the World?

Vignes du Maynes & the Oldest Organic Vineyard in the World?

Vignes du Maynes proudly bears a crest at the top of the bottle with the year 910 AD.  There is also speculation that the enclosed vineyards (16 acres) have never been treated with chemicals since the beginning.  If so, this may make Vignes du Maynes the oldest organic vineyard in the world? Whether this is...
Foradori 2010 Fontanasanta Nosiola & Orange Wine Fever

Foradori 2010 Fontanasanta Nosiola & Orange Wine Fever

It’s official, orange wine fever has swept the wine world.  It started in Northern Italy with Gravner and Radikon, and it has spread the world over, with examples being produced even in my own backyard in Brooklyn.  So when I spied that one of my favorite winemakers, Elizabetta Foradori, had begun producing an orange wine...
Jean Francois Ganevat

Jean Francois Ganevat

Certainly one of the best and brightest stars of the Jura must be Jean Francois Ganevat.  I had only tried Ganevat once before, the well renowned Cuvee Julien, his take on Pinot Noir from the Jura.  And while I loved the wine, I did not love the price.  As far as wines from the Jura...
Over Achieving and Under Priced:  Natalino del Prete

Over Achieving and Under Priced: Natalino del Prete

Sometimes wine is the most boring thing in the world.  Like anything that you spend too much time focused on you can become tired of it, jaded, and down right bored.  Well that has kind of been my mind set lately.  I am not sure what it is really, some blame it on Mercury being...
Bodega Marañones:  Labros Garnacha 2008

Bodega Marañones: Labros Garnacha 2008

Today we check back in on my favorite new producer from Spain, Bodegas Marañones, with their pure 2008 Garnacha offering “Labros”.  And by new I mean that this is a new bodega, with a very talented young wine maker (Fernando ‘Fer’ Garcia), doing amazing things in a natural way.  All this right out of the...
Get Your La Clarine Farm 2010 Mourvedre Here

Get Your La Clarine Farm 2010 Mourvedre Here

The following is the initial offer from La Clarine Farm for their 2010 Mourvedre.  Their 2009 Mourvedre was probably one of my favorite wines of 2011.  Certainly my favorite producer/wine from California for 2011.  So here is the offer from Hank Beckmeyer, get it, just leave some for me too: 2010 certainly could be called...
Alice Fiering and Cheap Drinking, Who Knew?

Alice Fiering and Cheap Drinking, Who Knew?

I was as surprised as I was delighted by this swanky cheap wine chart penned by Alice Feiring for The New York Times.  Surprised because Alice is usually recommending natural wines (or Naked Wine based on her latest book) to the world; and delighted because it is always good to get good cheap wine recommendations. ...
Wines From the Fringe:  Dettori & Calabretta

Wines From the Fringe: Dettori & Calabretta

The last two sentences on the back label of Dettori wines is one of the coolest statements on the wine in the bottle ever/anywhere.  A big F*** You.  They don’t care if you like the wine.  I so love that, and their wines, it reads:  “Sorry, but we don’t follow the market, we produce wines...
Occhipinti SP68 & an Explanation on Natural/Bio/Organic

Occhipinti SP68 & an Explanation on Natural/Bio/Organic

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong.  And I can admit as much.  I had been one of the only ones to not fall in love immediately with Arriana Occhipinti’s SP68.  This was a slow build.  But it has culminated in true love.  Not just hearing everyone and their mother banging on about Occhipiniti wines, I had...
"Italianess":  Does it exist?

“Italianess”: Does it exist?

Italian – ness:  [It-al-iyan-iss] Noun.  1. The state of being Italian.  2. To be or to personify Italian spirit.  3. The thoughts and feelings, collectively, of an individual or of an aggregate of a culture of people, places, and things, which happen to be Italian. I think that a sense of “Italianess” is more present...