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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Wines for a Jack$on (under $20) – Pitch Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008

For this week I’m bringing simplicity to the (picnic)table in honor of Memorial Day weekend; a Washington State – Columbia Valley – Bordeaux blend; Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, 30% Cabernet Franc and Merlot. I enjoy the wine as an incredibly affordable Washington table wine. The producer is a famous rock climber, though that really means nothing […]

Interview with the Winemaker – Renzo Cotarella

At the school (La Scuola) at Eataly NY, we recently had the pleasure of hosting one of the most significant figures in Italian winemaking: Renzo Cotarella. Originally from Umbria, Sign. Cotarella has been working with the Antinori properties since 1981 and is the chief enologist and CEO of all Antinori winemaking estates. He is ultimately […]

Wines for a Jack$on (under $20) – Jermann “W….Dreams….” 2006(half bottle)

*Special Treat* Head to Broadway Liquor Warehouse on Broadway between Waverly and 8th Street they have this bottle for $9.99 for the half…meaning that two halves for $19.98 (pre-tax) gives you a $40+ bottle. Don’t ask questions on pricing logic because there are no answers. This is one of those wines that you just buy […]

Wines for a Jack$on (under $20) – Txakolina, Ameztoi – 2009

For my second post I’m going to push the envelope a bit, both on the price of the wine and the variety – $19.99 (before tax, so I guess it’s only under a Jackson pre-tax).

The wine is a Basque specialty named Txakoli, pronounced shaw-co-li (super layman phonetic). It is a blend between two indigenous […]