Vin Jaune and Comté – A Perfect Combination – #Winophiles

This month's #winophiles is all about French wine and cheese. Martin Redmond of Enofylzwineblog, our host, posted a preview about the topic here. While some lucky few received samples, I bought my wine and cheese from local purveyors and had the occasion to speak to the lovely Hortense Bernard of Millesima USA. I used to... Continue Reading →

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Lambrusco from Vitivinicola Rota – #ItalianFWT

Today's monthly #ItalianFWT blogger group is concentrating on Lambrusco, in anticipation of Lambrusco Day which is June 21st. Jennifer from Vino Travels, our host, posted this primer here. I have been drinking Lambrusco for a long time. I've always appreciated it both as a stand alone wine and for pairing with certain foods such as... Continue Reading →

Wine Wednesday: Vinarstvo Rebula

Today's wine of the week hails from Slovenia. I was gifted this red sparkling wine made from what they call Teran, a local variety, last year at the American Wine Society conference by Martina Rebula. The family farm is called Rebula.  The farm Rebula dates back to 1900. This family run farm is managed by ... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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