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...

William & Selyem, Bucher, 2009

Wine Rating: 94 “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”  – André Tchelistcheff Pinot Noir: the impossible grape varietal that should not be. It’s a tough vine to grow, from its immensely delicate...

Thanksgiving – Fine Wine and Family Hell

Wine Rating: 94 I received a call this afternoon from my sister. A call I usually get this time of year. A call about our plans for Thanksgiving. The dread I could hear in her tone matched that of the dread I...

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...

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...

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Jaimee Motley Wines, Mondeuse 2017

Now she has a small waiting list for Motley’s wine. Her wines are wonderfully priced, and they sell out quickly, so if you're into unique varietals and want to experience what the future of California winemakers are...

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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Kosta Browne, Gap’s Crown, 2009

Wine Rating: 95 If over the years you’ve read my articles, then by now, you know, “I love Pinot Noir.” I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing more bottles of that beautiful grape than any other. In this piece, for the first...

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...