Is Cru Beujolais the World's Most Verstile Wine?

Is Cru Beujolais the World’s Most Verstile Wine?

I have a deep and profound, yet giddy love of Cru Beaujolais and I reckon I am not alone in this world with this feeling I am sure.  I recently sat down with an old friend and Beaujolais lover and some Beaujolais newbies to taste through several Crus and check...
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Brunello, Now More Than Ever.

Brunello, Now More Than Ever.

After the Brunellogate scandal a few years back and despite the recent criminal tragedy at Soldera, Brunello di Montalcino stands at a moment of renaissance.  A second act if you will.  With the recent publication of the very fine and wonderfully opinionated book Brunello di Montalcino by Kerin O’Keefe, we may be seeing a lot...
Serralunga Barolo & Governor & Levi Dalton

Serralunga Barolo & Governor & Levi Dalton

When you combine a good cause with some of Serralunga’s finest Barolos and Levi Dalton you call it a win, win situation (or is it wine, win?).  On a recently chilly New York City night, a group of willing and able folks trekked to Dumbo in order to taste Serralunga’s best Barolo Crus and raise...
If Cru Beaujolais & Langhe Nebbiolo had a love child?

If Cru Beaujolais & Langhe Nebbiolo had a love child?

When a wine comes at me with a Cru Beaujolais meets Langhe Nebbiolo play I have to listen.  When it prices out at about $13.99 per bottle it’s time to buy.  I have had the Bernabeleva Camino de Navaherreros cuvée in past vintages and have liked it but it somehow seemed to not quite wow. ...
Nebbiolo, Fairy Dust, & Unicorns.

Nebbiolo, Fairy Dust, & Unicorns.

Somebody once told me that the difference between Barolo and Burgundy is that Barolo always tastes like Barolo.  Well.. I think that’s a load of crap.  I can think of no better way to prove this than with two of my favorite Nebbiolo wines which we shared with family this Thanksgiving holiday:  Burlotto Monvigliero Barolo...
Jean Bourdy:  Jura Symphonic

Jean Bourdy: Jura Symphonic

In the continuing series entitled “Reasons not to hate Chardonnay”, please find Jean Bourdy 2005 Cotes du Jura Blanc.  There is a lot to love about wines from the Jura, and many great and interesting producers.  But the one producer with a real sense of history, it seems to me, is Jean Bourdy.  They are...
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.  
A Tuscan Wine Dinner & The Meaning of Life

A Tuscan Wine Dinner & The Meaning of Life

If there is one thing I have learned about wine it’s that wine drunk alone can only be good.  To be great it must be drunk with others.  This proved true on a recent night when friends new and old came together for a Tuscan wine dinner at Aurora in Brooklyn.  I had tried a...
Luca Currado Vietti @ USQ

Luca Currado Vietti @ USQ

Luca Currado Vietti from the zinfidel on Vimeo. Luca Currado Vietti is certainly one of the most enthusiastic wine makers one could ever hope to meet.  He is also one of the most passionate.  He barely took a breath when he spoke to a small crowd recently at Union Square Wines.  I have been a...
Barolo Rising Star:  Eugenio Bocchino Barolo Lu 2006

Barolo Rising Star: Eugenio Bocchino Barolo Lu 2006

After my first introduction to Eugenio Bocchino Langhe Nebbiolo, I was clambering to try their Barolo.  And though I might normally lay down a young Barolo, I could not resist sampling the 2006 Eugenio Bocchino Barolo Lu in the name of research.  There is not a lot of info out there on this emerging Barolo...
Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real 1998 & 2001

Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real 1998 & 2001

It’s autumn and that’s when Rioja comes back out to play.  With that in mind, I have been revisiting Rioja lately and I wanted to check in on one of Rioja’s classics, Bodegeas Riojanas Monte Real.  I have had the Monte Real 1998 before but I was curious about the 2001, a much touted vintage...
Best Dolcetto Ever: San Fereolo - Dogliani

Best Dolcetto Ever: San Fereolo – Dogliani

When’s the last time you drank Dolcetto?  Probably Roagna about two years ago for me.  I really just have never been that taken with Dolcetto.  Perhaps I have not taken it seriously because no one else does.  No one else except Nicoletta Bocca of San Fereolo that is. The Dogliani was a recommendation from September...
Sherry Fest Highlights:  NYC Fall 2012

Sherry Fest Highlights: NYC Fall 2012

Sherry Fest blew through NYC this past week and it has put one of the most historic wine regions of the world back on the map in a big way.  Now you may be thinking you know what Sherry is, but chances are you don’t.  No, Sherry is not wine for cooking or for an...