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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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...
Monteraponi - Classic Chainti Classico

Monteraponi – Classic Chainti Classico

I am not sure if I find more great wines randomly or by recommendation?  Case in point, Monteraponi.  I have been discovering some hidden gems in unexpected places as of late.  These wonderful discoveries have yielded a few life altering wines like Monteraponi.  The 2008 Monteraponi Chianti Classico Riserva is one of the best bottles...
Vintage White Burgundy:  Premox Land Mines vs. Great Rewards.

Vintage White Burgundy: Premox Land Mines vs. Great Rewards.

I almost think the risk of premox with older white Burgundies is less a threat than hitting a disappointing bottle red Burgundy.  There I said it… Boom!  With great risk comes great reward.  And perhaps that is what Burgundy is all about, and no where is this more true than with white Burgundy.  Is it...
Goodbye 2003 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza, Hello Classic Rioja

Goodbye 2003 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza, Hello Classic Rioja

The last bottle of 2003 Señorío de P. Peciña Crianza went down the gullet with our supper last night.  And what a treat.  But I will not shed a tear as I am eager to get onto the next vintage of one of the best, and most affordable, Rioja Crianzas on the market.  While Peciña...
Fattoria di Felsina & Real Deal Chainti Classico

Fattoria di Felsina & Real Deal Chainti Classico

Chianti often gets ignored in the short list of great Italian wines.  Especially with Brunello di Montalcino sitting nearby.  But there is something inherent to the best Chianti’s that really speaks to a real sense of Italianess.  The wines of Felsina have always embodied that to me.  I am not sure if anyone else out...
Bodegas Riojanas 1970 Viña Albina Gran Reserva

Bodegas Riojanas 1970 Viña Albina Gran Reserva

I have to say that nothing makes one feel more youthful than popping the cork on a bottle of wine that is older than you.  With that in mind and a new edict to open more older bottles of wine more often, we tucked into a bottle of 1970 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Gran Reserva....
The Joys of Opening Older Wine

The Joys of Opening Older Wine

While I don’t get to open older wines all that often, when I do I cannot help but get swept up in the nostalgia, the history, and the excitement.  In fact, it’s almost more important than what’s in the bottle.  I mean, as long as it’s not corked or hopelessly over the hill, then the...
Nicholas Joly & Coulée de Serrant

Nicholas Joly & Coulée de Serrant

A lot has been written about Nicolas Joly, and perhaps even more has been said about Nicolas Joly, Biodynamics, and the Coulée de Serrant wines by Nicolas himself.  He is an outspoken and controversial figure who has pioneered biodyanmic viticulture in France and has been it’s most vocal proponent.  It becomes hard to separate the...
Barolo Hot Streak:  Cavallotto

Barolo Hot Streak: Cavallotto

The recent Barolo hot streak continues with Cavallotto, another great classic styled producer.  With the recent discovery of Fenocchio, I am adding Cavallotto to my short list of great traditional styled Barolo producers.  If the 2003 Bricco Boschis is any indication, these guys are doing all the right things.  There is no barrique signature here,...
Reason not to hate Chardonnay #137:  Saint Aubin

Reason not to hate Chardonnay #137: Saint Aubin

The 2009 vintage was a watershed moment for wine regions throughout France.  It put serious Beaujolais, Cru Beaujolais, (back) on the map and it set record prices in Bordeaux.  It also yielded a great vintage in Burgundy.  And while it may not be the most classic vintage of all time, it is certainly a vintage...
Checking in on Chianti:  Guess Who's Back!

Checking in on Chianti: Guess Who’s Back!

Chainti don’t get the love it deserves.  Though the wicker basket, spaghetti and meatballs days may be long gone, there is still not a lot of love out there for what might be Italy’s signature wine.  And while my heart may lie further north, there is no denying the place of a good bottle of...
Traditional Barolo Discovery:  Fenocchio

Traditional Barolo Discovery: Fenocchio

While I am not an expert on Barolo by any means, I like to feel that I am pretty well briefed on a good selection of producers.  But when we ordered a bottle of Fenocchio Barolo Bussia 2003 recently at PT we were taking a gamble as I had no idea what we might be...