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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.  
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...
Edmunds St. John:  Cali Revolution Pioneer

Edmunds St. John: Cali Revolution Pioneer

A couple years back I attended a dinner with Steve Edmunds, of Edmunds St. John fame.  While at the time I was a little underwhelmed by the wines from this esteemed California producer, I will honestly admit that my palate has changed drastically since then (for the better!) and the honest style of the wines...
Sean Thackrey @ St. Anselm

Sean Thackrey @ St. Anselm

Sean Thackrey is America’s coolest wine maker.  Now there are a bunch of wine personalities out there, but Sean is the coolest and most interesting, and his wines are insane and different, yet totally likeable and delicious.  They are different most especially in that they reach a place of interest that few other wines do...
Broc Cellars: California Low Alcohol Wine in the House

Broc Cellars: California Low Alcohol Wine in the House

Broc Cellars popped onto the radar via Chambers Street Wines rather hastily.  After their interview with Chris Brockway, I felt compelled to try a couple bottles; epecially the Cabernet Franc (which quickly sold out – sorry).  When you see numbers like 12.5% (as in alcohol content) or even 11.9% (for the Cab Franc) for red...
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...
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...
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...
Sotto: Italy in the U.S. of L.A.

Sotto: Italy in the U.S. of L.A.

Lately I have often been wondering why I have failed to be impressed by the food at a lot of places that get a lot of hype. Sure good wine can often carry a mediocre meal, but what happens when the food goes beyond, and the wine happens to go beyond as well. I tell...
Pleiades

Pleiades

Sean H. Thackrey.  Vintner.  Bolinas, California.  So reads the label on a bottle of “Pleiades” XVIII Old Vines California Red.  It is a creation by the hand of California’s most interesting wine maker, Sean Thackrey.  There is not a lot of information out there on the inter-web about Sean Thackrey.  In fact, his website doesn’t...
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...