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MARCH 23, 2012 The experts strike back?
There’s something of a cottage industry that has emerged in trashing the reputation of wine experts. Richard Quandt of Princeton wrote an hilarious essay entitled “ On Wine Bullshit.” ” Bob Hodgson had his two devastating papers about wine competitions. The Wine Trails books suggest high-volume, low-priced wines are all that you’ll ever need. The WSJ got in on the action too a while back. So at some point, someone had to ride to the rescue of the experts, right?
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MARCH 23, 2012 Forcing Myself to Drink New Wines
I could probably grow old drinking exactly what's in my cellar now and be perfectly happy. I mean really - Burgundy, the Loire, Sherry, Champagne.what's not to love? It's important also to drink things from time to time that are outside of the comfort zone.
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MARCH 19, 2012 Skaneateles Lake Wine Tour
Entrance sign off W. Lake Rd. OK, the title here can be a bit misleading, but last week Shirley and I took a wine tour along one of the most beautiful of the Finger Lakes, Skaneateles Lake. And there happens to be only one winery on that lake.
DR. VINO Moncuit, Roagna, Cascina della Rose, Arnot-Roberts – Polaner highlights
| THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
It’s the time of year when distributors and/or importers have annual (or semi-annual) portfolio tastings. These are opportunities for breadth, not depth, as hundreds of current release wines (and occasionally some older ones) are put out on tables, often with the winemaker pouring. Yesterday was the Polaner Selections tasting and I dropped by for a while in the second half. Below are a few impressions and photos. Pierre Moncuit – Quite delicious champagnes, overall. MORE >>
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE Orchids and Red Sauce in The Bronx (Warning - Photos Rated 'R')
| SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012
The New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx is a real gem, as honestly are each of NYC's botanical gardens. I'm obviously partial to the Brooklyn garden, but Staten Island's is not to be missed, with its one-of-a-kind-on-the-east-coast Chinese Scholar's Garden. The garden in The Bronx also has its charms. It has what I understand to be the very last bit of old growth forest in New York City, for example. MORE >>
VIGNA UVA VINO East Harlem Wines Pinot Noir 2010
| TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
Back in April of 2010 my friend's Justin did exactly what he said he would do. Make wine. That's right, he's making wine in the bathtub of his 475 square foot apartment in NYC's East Harlem. Fast forward almost 2 years and I'm finally tasting the fruits of his noble effort, a Pinot Noir made from California grapes. MORE >>
A WINE STORY Diva Beaune Event
| FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012
Fabulous two days of tasting at Diva Beaune, a small event in conjunction with the Grands Jours de Bourgogne where small producers as well as major names and brands poured wine. I discovered many talented small producers here. Didier et Jean Louis AMIOT. Domaine Robert AMPEAU et Fils. Domaine Marquis D'ANGERVILLE. Domaine ARLAUD Père et Fils. Domaine de l'ARLOT. Domaine ARNOUX LACHAUX. Domaine BALLOT-MILLOT et Fils. Domaine BART. Domaine BERTAGNA. Domaine Simon BIZE et Fils. MORE >>
DR. VINO Wholesalers beat retreat on CARE act
| TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
After appearing in two sessions of congress, a legislative proposal that would have threatened the legal, direct shipment of wine is dead according to Shanken News Daily. They cite Tom Cole, president of Republic National Distributing Co., who says “The CARE Act is officially off the table.” ” Wine lovers can breathe a sigh of relief. And we are dialing the official HR 1161 threat level back to neck level! See backgrounder here and here ). MORE >>
- 11th Edition Les Grands Jours in Burgundy A WINE STORY | FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012
- Evening with the Bourgogne Wine Alliance A WINE STORY | THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
- Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir 2008: A perfect pairing for Easter dinner VIGNA UVA VINO | WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012