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Profile: Taylor Parsons of République in LA

When asked recently by the Los Angeles sommelier Taylor Parsons “What style of wine do you enjoy?”, my mind went blank. That’s not because of a lack of wine experience on my part or the type [...]

Burgundy in Six Minutes

What is Burgundy? Probably the most complicated wine region in the world, and surely one of the most famous and highly regarded. Oh, and did I mention one of the most expensive, even at the low [...]

Somm Q&A: Eric Larkee of Michael’s Genuine, Miami

What wine would you pair with frog legs, capers, and a brioche crouton, a gorgeous platter of Florida’s winter finest heirloom tomatoes and homemade stracciatella, a pizza with tender short rib meat, cave aged gruyere, caramelized [...]

Wente “The Nth Degree” Cab Sauv 2004

An impressive wine; immediately upon opening the bottle aromas pour forth: fine tobacco, dark chocolate, pencil lead, darkening blackberries and raspberries, a warm savory herbaceousness. Truly World-Class bouquet by any standards, and the nose is followed by an [...]

De Tierra & Todd’s: Monterey Meets Vegas

Most Sunday nights, Todd’s Unique Dining in the eastern Las Vegas suburb of Henderson is dark and the only dining options nearby are even dimmer with the likes of Joe’s Crab Shack, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Fridays, [...]

Somm Q&A: Christopher Birnie-Visscher of db Bistro Moderne, Miami

Just because South Florida conjures up images of another afternoon with swaying palm trees in Margaritaville and overpriced Caipirinhas in clubs focused more on the scene (cue the thud-thud techno), Miami’s wine culture is now as [...]

Desert Hills, Okanagan Valley, BC VQA

I’m a sucker for a “feel-good” kind of story. Like three brothers who move in the mid ’80s to British Columbia from India and start working the new family farm… [...]

Perseus Wines, British Columbia VQA

A winemaker friend of mine told me recently: "Sending my wine to competition is roughly equivalent to the stress I might have faced, had I sent my children to beauty pageants."... Rob Ingram, owner Perseus Wines... [...]

Somm Q & A: Guillaume Issaverdens of Bouche

No, Rosé isn’t the only type of wine they drink in Provence as much as those lifestyle magazines want you to think they do. Guillaume Issaverdens—originally from the small town of Le Lavandou—and his fellow Provençal [...]

1990’s Burgundies @ Calliope NYC

This informal gathering of wine lovers took place on July 13, 2013. The group: a few from the trade, a few Burgundy collectors and a few that simply love great food and wine. The topic: 1990’s [...]