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Saturday, October 22nd - Joe Dressner Memorial Tasting and Fund-Raiser For Partners-in-Health!

Saturday, October 22nd – Joe Dressner Memorial Tasting and Fund-Raiser For Partners-in-Health!

Joe Dressner, a leader in the wine import business, and a seeker of real wines, passed away recently after a long battle with cancer.  He was a respected and outspoken person in the world of wine and an honest fellow.  This is a chance to taste some of the awesome wines in the Louis/Dressner portfolio...
Jenny & Francois Portfolio Tasting:  Best of the Best

Jenny & Francois Portfolio Tasting: Best of the Best

Jenny & Francois are perhaps thee leading natural/organic/biodynamic wine importer in the U.S.A.  They held a portfolio tasting recently and, being a big fan of many of their wines, I felt it my duty to stop by.  Four hours later I emerged having tasted all the red wines currently in their portfolio.  This is no...
Jura Ponies

Jura Ponies

I have loved “ponies” ever since my college days.  For those of you who may not know what a “pony” is, and I hope there are not many of you, I will tell you.  A “pony” is a half sized vessel.  Typically applied to a bottle of beer, but also applicable to kegs.  And while...
Rock Star Wine:  Bodegas Marañones

Rock Star Wine: Bodegas Marañones

Fernando ‘Fer’ Garcia is a rock star when it comes to wine making.  Everything I have tried from this exceptional producer, Bodegas Marañones, has been amazing.  The white wine was the first one to grab me, and you can see what I had to say about that here, but needless to say it has been...
Languedoc Love Letters

Languedoc Love Letters

Is the Languedoc the most under rated wine region in France?  I kind of think it might be.  It certainly is under appreciated.  Kind of like the Loire, but more so perhaps.  Like the Loire, it is home to a number of diverse wine growing areas and the wines tend to be pretty good value...
Loire Valley Fantasy Camp

Loire Valley Fantasy Camp

This past week whilst on vacation I spent a some time at the Loire Valley Fantasy Camp.  You see, I needed a theme to explore, and I had been building up a small supply of Loire reds and a week in the country seemed like a good time to drink them back to back.  The...
Super Friends

Super Friends

This is a story about the Super Friends.  The “Super Friends” are wines which I have fallen for and as a result have purchased in quantity (at least six bottles) to have, drink, and hold over several years.  A “Super Friend” wine represents a bottle which has a combination of: 1. Unmistakable Character. 2. Relative...
Vini Siciliani

Vini Siciliani

Having recently finished an excellent book on the wine scene in Sicily, I can’t get it out of my mind.  Maybe also because of some of the excellent Sicilian wines experienced on the LA adventure, or perhaps that my family roots run to Sicily on my mother’s side.  I have always wanted to go there,...
California Wow:  Clos Saron Carte Blanche 2010

California Wow: Clos Saron Carte Blanche 2010

I had heard the name Clos Saron around I don’t know where.  But it really came to my attention on the wine list of one of my favorite NYC haunts, Hearth.  They have an entire page dedicated to this California producer.  That is to say, not an entire page of wines from them, as there...
Wild, Weird, & Wonderful Spanish Whites

Wild, Weird, & Wonderful Spanish Whites

Most people probably have the impression that Spanish white wines tend to be lite, refreshing, and easy to drink, like Albariño for example (and not that there is anything wrong with Albariño, which I adore), but there are some very serious white wines being made in a traditional and/or modern style.  I have come across...
Island Wines:  Sardegna & Canary Islands

Island Wines: Sardegna & Canary Islands

Island wines are extreme wines.  Sicily certainly jumps to mind, with producers like Cos, Occhipinti, Frank Cornelissen and others pushing the boundaries of natural and wild wine making, or growing if you like.  After trying wines from both Sardegna (Sardinia) and the Canary Islands recently while out and about, I was struck by the grapes,...
Ridge Vineyard's Other Varietals

Ridge Vineyard’s Other Varietals

Ridge Vineyards is one of California’s greatest treasures, and one of the reasons that I became enchanted by wine.  And while they are known for their impressive range of Zinfandel’s, and most of all for their Monte Bello Cabernet Savignon, they also have some great bottlings of some other well known and less so well...