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Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Amity Vineyards Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley Oregon

Pinot Blanc is a popular grape to grow in cooler climate areas such as Oregon, Washington, France, Germany, and Italy. Wines produced from Pinot Blanc typically exhibit crisp citrus flavors of apples and pears with notes of almonds and cream. At one time, Pinot Blanc was thought to be related to Chardonnay, but after numerous […]

Italian Wine For the Student Textbook - All Proceeds to Benefit Haiti Earthquake Victims

Enjoy learning about wine? Want to help others?

You can do both with your purchase of my recently finished textbook, Italian Wine For The Student. For five years I’ve been working as a sommelier in New York City with exposure to tens of thousands of wines. After sifting through pages of notes and research […]

Interview with Giancarlo Nada of Azienda Agricola Ada Nada, Piemonte

The origins of the Nada family can be traced back hundreds of years in the Piemonte region of Italy. Starting in 1800, Francesco Nada began selling some of the grapes that he grew in his vineyards. It wasn’t until 1919 that his grandson, Carlo Nada, decided to make his own wine from the select parcels […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) - Casillero del Diablo Pinot Noir 2008

Chile's main winegrowing areas

Casillero del Diablo is a brand produced by the Concha Y Toro Winery in Chile. The estate is one of Chile’s most successful commercial wineries, and is responsible in part for Chile’s emergence as one of the primary wine exporting countries in the world.

I’m always interested in tasting Pinot […]