Bertani Amarone, 2006

Wine Rating: 95 The sun was rising as I sat comfortably in the captain’s chair on the quarterdeck of a 48’ Clipper sailboat named It’s Hedly. A beautiful, near-perfect bottle of Italian Amarone wine with rich...

Cherry Pie, Three Counties, 2016

Wine Rating: 90 In my experience, if you want to do something and do it well, whatever it is, you need two things. You need to love it, and you need to be obsessive about it. Some people can get away with...

Sine Qua Non, Resiste, 2013

Wine Rating: 96 No other collectible piece of art is appreciated by destroying it, except wine. You must open the bottle, drink and therefore, consume the actual art. Then and only then, can you experience its...

The Seduction of Dom Perignon

Wine Rating: 96 “You can put the still water in the cabinet… there.” Kneeling tying her tennis shoe, she pointed to a white oak cupboard, next to a stainless-steel Viking refrigerator. I looked at her...

Boxed Wine, Madness Takes Its Toll

Things don’t exactly go as planned when the 1% drinks like the 99%. For the last two weeks (or there about) I did something I really didn’t need to do or necessarily want to do, but when I thought about it, I...

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Summer Wines Under $20

Summer Wines Under $20

With summer right around the corner, I will inevitably be going to various BBQ’s, weddings, picnics and dinner parties throughout the warm summer months. Every year, I pick three wines that will work for any of the...

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Jolie-Laide, Trousseau Gris, 2017

Wine Rating: 96 Who is Scott Schultz? The name had been coming to mind, followed by one echoing question; who is this guy and why does he seem so familiar to me? It was late in the day, the sunlit room was beginning to...

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Cherry Pie, Three Counties, 2016

Wine Rating: 90 In my experience, if you want to do something and do it well, whatever it is, you need two things. You need to love it, and you need to be obsessive about it. Some people can get away with ‘calling it...

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Alsace, France

Rieslings of Alsace, France

A little bit of history that is worth revisiting. In 1500 B.C. the land was cultivated by the Celts. Around 58 B.C. the Romans conquered, took the land and made it the center of their wine region. Grape growing for the...

Frantoio Grove, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

“You gotta have good olive oil. You should have a cooking olive oil, and you should have a finishing olive oil, like an extra-virgin olive oil.” – Emeril Lagasse Growing up, there were always two things on our...