A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass. Copyright 2013; Race Point Publishers, NY. 224 pages. Forward by Mario Batali.

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A Vertical Tasting of Catena Zapata a la Benjamin Button

Ask ten people what they know about wine from South America and the majority would say, “Malbec”. Some might say,

Catena Zapata’s Adrianna Vineyard Malbec and flagship wine, Nicolas Catena Zapata

“Malbec from Argentina”. Perhaps a few would chime, “Malbec from Argentina…goes well with meat”. Needless to say, Argentinean Malbec has been carrying the […]

Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology of WINE

It’s March Madness – a great time of year if you’re a hoops fan. There are many parallels you can draw between college basketball and wine such as blending, strategy, scandals and cheating, steroids, marketing, and sales. In the spirit of Joe Lunardi, the ubiquitous name when discerning the field of 65 to 68 teams, […]

“Wines for Thanksgiving” as seen on NBC

In case you missed it, and/or in case you’re re-celebrating Thanksgiving today or this weekend with extended family and friends, check out the video for some recommended tips. The following aired on NBC on Wednesday.

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Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Zolo Torrontes 2010; Mendoza, Argentina

One of my favorite white varietals is Malvasia. Clean, crisp, refreshingly full, served chilled it is the perfect accompaniment to a picnic plate of charcuterie or grilled seafood. In the fall it is a perfect sipper, and going into the winter I enjoy a glass(read “bottle”) while cooking risotto or more gamy roasts – before […]

What’s in a name? The grapes behind the labels

What’s in a name? The linguistic nature of wine labels can be discouraging for the avid student. There’s little joy to exploring wines when one knows little of what’s inside or fails to have the resources to find out which grapes are responsible for the deliciousness in the glass. Names such as Bordeaux, Champagne, Rioja, […]