Bordeaux
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...
Über Winos Summit:  Fall 2012

Über Winos Summit: Fall 2012

I live in NYC.  Okay, well Brooklyn actually, but you know what I mean.  And I have been lucky enough to meet a lot of great people who are involved with wine, be it in the industry or as a consumer, or somewhere in between.  So it comes with the territory in a place like...
Affordable Older Bordeaux:  Part One

Affordable Older Bordeaux: Part One

Affordable and Bordeaux are words which are rarely seen together.  With first growths, super seconds, and right bank darling’s prices climbing higher and higher with each “vintage of the century,” it leaves one to wonder if they can afford a decent bottle of Bordeaux at all? With that in mind, I set out to look...
Affordable Older Bordeaux:  1999 Chateau Simard & 2001 Chateau Merville

Affordable Older Bordeaux: 1999 Chateau Simard & 2001 Chateau Merville

It is very possible to go out today and find a nice bottle of Bordeaux with some age on it for a decent price.  For those who love Bordeaux, you know that everyone is caught up in the hype of the 2009 vintage.  It is supposed to be legendary, and so are the prices.  I...
Bordeaux & South Africa.  What do they have in common?

Bordeaux & South Africa. What do they have in common?

Fall is here, and for me it has reignited a taste for Bordeaux.  I have had this 2001 Les Ormes de Pez slumbering in my cellar for a while and thought it would be a good time to crack it open.  2001 was not a legendary vintage, but it is considered to be a very...
Wines of the Week:  Randomness

Wines of the Week: Randomness

2007 Sassetti Livio – Pertimali, Rosso di Montalcino ~$32.00 I had high hopes for this wine as I love this producers Brunello (they were part of the Brunello tasting blogged about in June).  Essentially, the Rosso is a younger version of Brunello.  It receives less aging and is released sooner so it is generally more...
2003 Faceoff:  Brunello vs. Bordeaux

2003 Faceoff: Brunello vs. Bordeaux

We opened a couple of nice wines from the 2003 vintage with some friends this past weekend.  2003 was characterized by very high temperatures throughout Europe so the growing season tended to yield very opulent wines with very deep ripe fruit and high alcohol levels.  It was generally considered to be a very good vintage...
Rioja, Barolo, Bordeaux Wine Dinner @ Bar Henry

Rioja, Barolo, Bordeaux Wine Dinner @ Bar Henry

Bar Henry is quickly becoming my go to place in New York City for great wine and food.  I organized a last minute wine dinner there for some of my friends in the photo business to taste young and old wines from some of my favorite wine regions:  Rioja, Barolo, and Bordeaux.  We had a...
"Magnum" Opus - Roast Suckling Pig Dinner @ The Breslin

“Magnum” Opus – Roast Suckling Pig Dinner @ The Breslin

So once again I had the pleasure of attending another great wine dinner thrown by master bespoke tailor Duncan Quinn and Justin Christoph of the Acker Merrall and AC Reisling fame.  We dined at The Breslin at the Ace Hotel here in Manhattan.  The center piece of the evening was an entire roast suckling pig...
Five Decades of Bordeaux

Five Decades of Bordeaux

Since I don’t have any wine news to write about today, I am going to recap a great Bordeaux wine dinner I had the pleasure of attending in March.  It was a retrospective of five decades of Bordeaux reds, organized by Justin Christoph of Manhattan Wine Company.  Justin is a great host with a wealth...