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Schug Winery; 1996 Heritage Reserve Cab

http://www.schugwinery.com/ In 1976 California was celebrating victory at “The Judgement of Paris”.  Their wines took first place not only for white wine, but also for red in a blind tasting; paneled by some of the greatest [...]

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 [...]

2000 Bordeaux Tasting

The Wine Tasting Circle of Vancouver Vancouver in August can be a garden of riches; the surf rolling gently into Spanish Banks, the warm glow of fading sunlight bathing West Vancouver in the evening, and of [...]

Top Chef Tangled in Bogus Burgundy Dispute

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti is one of the most, if not the most, sought after wine producer in the world, and its most sought after wine, its Romanée-Conti monopole cru, is at the center of this [...]

CVNE Verticals Dinner Back to 1939

One of my highlight vertical wine dinners was without a doubt the luxe CVNE dinner at La Fonda del Sol. It was put together by Acker Merrall & Condit’s Wine Workshop and featured guest hosts Christopher [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]