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Speed-Dating Brunello, An Industry Tasting

“Benvenuto Brunello” translates to “Welcome Brunello,” an aptly named event for a first-time industry tasting Brunello-novice like myself. [...]

Santa Barbara Wine Country Part III: Wines 2

Concluding our series on Santa Barbara County Wines with Part III: Santa Ynez and Buellton Wines Carr Winery Carr Winery makes its wines in Santa Barbara and has a tasting room at that urban location and [...]

When Good Becomes Grand: Chianti Classico Gran Selezione

They said that the category had got diluted, that “Chianti Classico Riserva” as a quality indicator had lost its oomph, its integrity. They said this and we said “Ok, right” and they said “We’ll show you” [...]

Chianti Shows Food Friendly Value & Diversity

Last month’s Consorzio Vino Chianti Grand Tasting and seminar in NYC reinforced my growing feeling that Chianti today offers a higher level of consistency, quality and value than ever before. The region’s upward trajectory mirrors that [...]

Vineyards to Table: Pairings and the Bestia Experience

It’s 9:25 pm on a February Tuesday night. Snow could be falling, crowds hibernating in the warmth of home, and the weekend still too far away to even consider. And then the one remaining table, a [...]

Vino247 Profile: Maxwell Leer of Bestia, LA

The first image that emerged in my mind when wine director Maxwell Leer presented me with the wine list during a recent dinner at Bestia in Los Angeles was the map. This wasn’t a grand map [...]

2014 Vancouver Intl Wine Festival: Trade Tasting

There's a reason why the viticulture Illuminati descend on Vancouver at the end of February each and every year: pantheons whose names are carved on the modern history of wine. Mondavi, Antinori, Chapoutier, Perrin, Tattinger... the [...]

Flor NV Prosecco DOC, Italy

What do you get when Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich decide to put their collective heads together to import Italian sparkling wine? If your answer was anything other then “Quality”, “Value” or “Excellence” then you [...]

COS di Vittoria, Organic/Bio-dynamic Wines, Sicily

www.CosVittoria.it The first time I tasted the COS Vittoria wines, it was at a very large, very loud, very crowded industry-event. Hundreds upon hundreds of purchasers, sommeliers, writers, winemakers, merchants, etc were (by their nature) hawking their wares, [...]

Mixed Mature Italians @ Corvo Bianco NYC

To round out our summer wine outings four of us joined together on August 22nd to try out Upper West Side newcomer Corvo Bianco, the latest from acclaimed chef Elizabeth Falkner. Despite an overly harsh—especially for [...]