Pinot Noir
Reflecting on Burgundy & La Paulée

Reflecting on Burgundy & La Paulée

For the first time I attended a La Paulée event; the Vertical Producer Tasting to be exact.  Just in case you are not familiar with La Paulée it is, in a nutshell, a celebration of the wines of Burgundy.  I had never been to a La Paulée before for a variety of reasons like, I...
Robert Chevillon, Nuits Saint Georges, and a lesson in terroir.

Robert Chevillon, Nuits Saint Georges, and a lesson in terroir.

Understanding the wines of Burgundy is sometimes just down right frustrating.  So many producers, so many crus, so much terroir.  Who can really make heads or tails of it all and who gives a damn anyway.  This is the kind of stuff that often runs through my mind when I think about Burgundy. Yet I...
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...
Slaying the Last Dragon:  Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Slaying the Last Dragon: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti

Well, it has been a long wait, but me and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti have finally crossed paths.  And I can only sit here and wonder, is there really another great wine that I really need to try?  In fact, I am not even sure quite yet if this 1995 Grands Echézeaux asked or answered...
Musso & Frank Grill:  Old Hollywood Glamour Alive and Well

Musso & Frank Grill: Old Hollywood Glamour Alive and Well

There is a scene in Stanley Kubrick’s movie The Shinning where Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson, steps back in time to an old glamorous bar.  I cannot help but think of that epic scene every time I set foot in Musso & Frank Grill (the official website) in Los Angeles.  Upon entering, you are...
Affordable Pinot Noir from Around the World

Affordable Pinot Noir from Around the World

I have had a love/hate relationship with Pinot Noir from go.  And I have not hidden that fact, though I have often felt shameful for not always being as flipped out about Pinot as many folks seem to be; be they wine connoisseurs or everyday drinkers, everyone seems to loves a Pinot.  I am occasionally...
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...
Anthill Farms:  Atypical Cali Pinot & Low Impact Winemaking

Anthill Farms: Atypical Cali Pinot & Low Impact Winemaking

Chances are you have never heard of Anthill Farms.  I know I had not prior to a tasting with this boutique California Pinot Noir (mostly – they do a couple Syrahs as well) purveyor at Union Square Wines.  I was skeptical going into the tasting as I am not typically down with California Pinot Noir...
4th of July Wines

4th of July Wines

We spent the 4th of July weekend down in Georgia at my parent’s house on beautiful Lake Okonee.  It was not quite as hot as NYC and we had some great food and tried a bunch of different wines from my parents wine cellar, aka, the basement.  I will review the three reds pictured here,...