Home For May, 2013

Secrets of Sherry Food Pairing

Now that summer has arrived and the temperatures have risen well into the 90´s in many parts of the country, there is no better time to enjoy a glass of well chilled pale dry Sherry. It’s [...]

Can California Wineries Temper Their Style?

Alice Fiering, prominent critic of the ripe, low-acid, high-alcohol international style of wine, examines a trend among some California winemakers moving away from the standard, jammy California style. But blazing this path may prove more difficult [...]

Pinot Noir Shines at Anderson Valley Festival

Longtime Pinot Noir lover William “Rusty” Gaffney, M.D., aka The Prince of Pinot, continues his outstanding coverage of the varietal with three pieces on Anderson Valley AVA Pinot Noir. He provides his usual insightful reviews, including [...]

Top ’08 & ’09 Oregon Pinot Noir Picks

Longtime Pinot Noir lover William “Rusty” Gaffney, M.D., aka The Prince of Pinot, continues his outstanding coverage of the varietal with four pieces on current Oregon Pinot Noir releases, almost all 2008s and 2009s, as of [...]

2007 Brunellos: Top Picks from a Top Vintage

New York — Snooth wine reviewer and food writer Eric Guido visits the 2012 edition of the Italian Wine Masters tasting and tastes through 2007 Brunello di Montalcino’s. He finds the well-hyped 2007s ripe, yet vibrant [...]

NY ‘At Rest’ Law Threatens Fine Wine Choice

The two biggest players appear to be at it again to push out the small and medium sized wholesalers that bring a wealth of fine wine options to New York Consumers. The “At Rest” law would [...]

1982 Bordeaux, Judgement of NYC

One of my favorite vintage taste offs was a blind tasting of the now legendary 1982 Bordeaux reds. The tasting harkened back to the seminal “Judgement of Paris” blind tasting of 1976 in which California wines [...]

A Precise Take on Top 2009 & 2010 Burgundy

Noted Burgundy collector Douglas E. Barzelay visits a mix of top class Burgundy producers to scout out their 2010s and revisit some 2009s. He supplies detailed tasting notes that not only offer precise assessments of the [...]

Reviving Old Technology for Better Quality

One of the threads in today’s Spanish wine scene is the recovery of lost traditions. In Spain and elsewhere enterprising winemakers are re-discovering and exploring techniques that have been forgotten or abandoned as newer technologies have [...]

Insider Insights on the Rudy K Fraud Story

Longtime Burgundy wine collector Douglas E. Barzelay provides a detailed and perceptive account of the Rudy Kurniawan saga of alleged wine counterfeiting. He recounts his brushes with Kurniawan in the rare Burgundy collector and auction circuit, [...]