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...

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...

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...

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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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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Lemon Limoncello, 2017

Limoncello Rating: 98 I’m ten years old, sitting in my Grandfather’s home in Capistrano, California. The afternoon sun is sneaking through the wooden shutters. The small kitchen is mixed with natural and man-made light...

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 skin to...

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...