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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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Night Train Express

Night Train Express, 2019

During my rebellious punk rock teenage years, I was considered by some of my friends the Ed Wood of mixed tapes. Armed with a Pioneer turntable, a Kenwood dual cassette tape deck, a Marantz receiver, and a JVC VCR...

Jaimee Motley Wines

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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Bertani Amarone, 2006

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 raisin...

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...

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...