Monday Musings: Tasting Events

Today's post is about tasting events. Everyday of the week in New York City, you can go to an amazing event. The problem however is when do you get your other work done if you are out at an event. My new strategy is to choose wisely and well and try to attend a few... Continue Reading →

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“A Wine from Gérard Bertrand: A Larger than Life Figure – #winophiles”

Today's post, the first in a long while, is about a wine that I received as part of the French #Winophiles group. The wine is from Gérard Bertrand and is called Cigalus Blanc, it's a 2018 Biodyamic wine from IGP Aude Hauterive. In my title I say Bertrand is larger than life and that's for a... Continue Reading →

Wine Wednesday: Pinot Noir From Stoller Family Estate

May is here and it’s Oregon Wine Month. I am reposting this one about Stoller for Wine Wednesday. I can’t wait to try more of their wines when they return on Monday for Oregon Wine Trail NYC.

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Today’s post for Wine Wednesday is all about the Stoller Family Estate Vineyards. I had the good fortune to visit this vineyard two summers ago as part of the Society of Wine Educators conference in August. As you might know from reading my blog, I fell in love with Oregon as a state and the wines in general. I have written a lot about their Chardonnay wines but the Pinot Noirs captivated me as well. I think I was more surprised by the Chardonnay which I hadn’t expected to like as much as I did while the Pinot Noir came with very high expectations.

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My first job in the United States after 15 years in Italy was as a wine salesperson in New York. I didn’t last too long on the street but I was introduced for the first time to Oregon Pinot Noir. We sold one from a company…

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Monday Musings on Climate: Do You Buy Wine In Heavy Bottles?

Now that Eric Asimov of the New York Times is talking about this topic, I hope more people will pay attention. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/dining/drinks/wine-climate-change.html?action=click&module=Editors%20Picks&pgtype=Homepage

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SUPER TEANECKLast week I wrote about using corks or screw caps as closures and which one was more environmentally sound. This week, my Monday musing is about buying very heavy wine bottles for making one’s own wine or buying wines that are sold in very heavy bottles.

When I made wine this year, I used bottles I had bought years ago. Some were very heavy and others less so. Like many people, I had fallen into the trap that heavy bottles made a more appealing wine package. In the years since I bought those bottles, my views have changed. I now am against very heavy bottles. I’m not talking about larger formats but normal 750s. I’ve seen and experienced many of these types of wines. I have often tasted wine from a very heavy bottle that looked quite attractive but  is often too hard to pour elegantly.  I also find it…

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Monday Musings: Women In Wine

Today's Monday Musings is about a little discussed fact. The promotional arm of the wine industry is dominated by a couple of firms- all of which are run by men. Today as happens on so many days another potential client and one that touts themselves as being pro-women in wine and a strong supporter of... Continue Reading →

Oregon Exploits: Visiting the Willamette Valley

Here’s another re-posting ahead of upcoming Oregon Wine Month. In addition to our Oregon Wine Trail event in New York at the Altman Building on May 6th, here are some other great events that are happening in the coming week or two.

Boston / May 2: 60 Oregon wineries are coming to you for Willamette Valley Wine’s Pinot in the City.

Boston / May 3: Willamette Valley wineries join together for a pairing dinner at City Winery.

Washington, D.C. / May 7: Eight stellar producers are bringing 40 wines to ZachysDC.

And so much more because of course, May is Oregon Wine Month everywhere.

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Last fall with members of the Society of Wine Educators conference, I was able to visit Adelsheim in Oregon. I confess I had no idea about the importance of this winery to the founding of the Oregon wine industry. I had heard of David Lett, whose winery I wrote about last week, but I didn’t know much about the other founding members of the Oregon winery industry. Adelsheim bought their property in 1971 in the Chehalem Mountains. They were the first winery in the area. David Adelsheim planted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay thinking it was the perfect terroir for these grapes. Time has proved him correct.

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They own more than 200 acres of land in the Willamette Valley, with 180 acres planted to vines. The soils in the area are a mix of volcanic and sedimentary soils. Their winemaker is Gina Hennen.

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Adelsheim is also a member of “LIVE”, …

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New World Gems: Trisaetum Wines from Portland, Oregon

I’m reposting my articles on Oregonian wine because May is Oregon wine month and because the Oregon Wine Trail is coming to town on May 6th. There is something for everyone both a trade tasting and a consumer tasting that day. For more information on these amazing wines and to attend the events, check out Oregonwine.org/trail. I think you’ll find the wines are a revelation.

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The wines from Portland were a real revelation to me this summer when I visited Portland for the Society of Wine Educators conference. I thought many that I tried were really worthy of note. I also took a number of seminars on the wines during the conference. I learned a lot about how things were in the past and what to look for in the future. One grape that everyone kept mentioning was Chardonnay. Apparently, the original clones that they used for the Chardonnay wines were not the ones that were appropriate for the terroir in Oregon. One of the wineries whose Chardonnay I really liked was from Trisaetum. The winery with this very complicated to pronounce name was started by Andrea and James Frey in 2003. It is a conjunction of their children, Tristen and Tatum’s names. The winery is located in the Ribbon Ridge AVA and…

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