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Marcassin Pinot Noir
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Marcassin, Pinot Noir, 2009

Wine Rating: 97

It seems the artistes I enjoy most, have something slightly controversial about them. Sid Vicious was so raucous and had such angst, that as a teenager I completely related to his F-U attitude. Hell, I still do. As I got older, I moved into filmmakers like John Cassavetes, Roman Polanski, and John Waters. Then there are the authors. If I were to give you the entire list of all the writers who have had an impact on my life, whose words have deeply resonate with me like no others, we’d be here for a while. So I’ll just give you the short list of the authors, who like me, are rough around the edges, but who can keep me turning a page for hours, if not days. They are Bukowski, Burroughs, Pynchon, and Hemingway. READ MORE

John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Kosta Browne, Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2009

Wine Rating: 96

“Drinks for all my friends!” cheered Mickey Rourke, portraying Charles Bukowski in the film Barfly after winning a bar fight.

We celebrate weddings, anniversaries, holidays and funerals with alcohol. For thousands of years, beer, wine and spirits have played an important part in the rituals of civilization. Ships are christened with champagne, Irish whiskey is poured on the graves at Irish burials, and beer festivals are cheered every October. This is who we are as a people; we raise our glasses and hail the occasion and, with merriment, we rejoice. And sometimes, more solemnly, we toast someone’s passing. In good times and bad we pay honor with booze.


Kosta Browne Kanzler
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Kosta Browne, Kanzler Pinot Noir, 2009

Wine Rating: 95

A new year is upon us and for a wine lover that means another year that the wine in your collection has aged and has (fingers crossed) matured properly in the shadowy caverns of your wine cellar or temperature controlled refrigerator. Those lovely young bottles that you purchased a few years ago are another year older, another year bolder and some may be ready for drinking.

So winter is making its way in, starting to surround us and depending on where you live, that could mean very cold weather for many of you. Climate has a real effect on how your wine holds up and that is why properly storing your wine is very important. Hot temperatures spoil wine and dry out the corks that much faster, but cold weather can halt the proper aging and cause the shrinking of your corks, allowing moisture inside. Drinking spoiled wine; also known as ‘corked’ wine is not pleasant. You will know it when it happens. Of all the wines I drink throughout the year, which, including unique bottles of wine, would be about, Hmm, let’s see – carry the 6, plus 30 days, minus an afternoon, skipping a couple of breakfasts, plus holidays – I drank about 200 different bottles of wine this year. Out of that 200, about 2% are corked. That’s actually a pretty low number, but when it is a bottle that cost you $100+… it sucks.