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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Not Just Red Wine Country – Bordeaux Produces The Bubbly

Cuvee de l'Abbaye is produced entirely from Semillon, one of the most important and unique grapes of southwestern France

Bordeaux is unequivocally famous for red wines, but low and behold there are other types of wine produced within the Bordeaux appellation, including sparkling wines. While not as complex as their counterparts from Champagne, sparkling […]

Wines for a Jack$on (Under $20) – Onabay Vineyard’s Brut Blanc de Blancs 2007, Long Island

California produces nine out of every ten bottles of domestic wine. That doesn’t leave much room for every other state, but thankfully the small producers in places like New York’s North Fork of Long

Onabay's vineyards near Peconic Bay on the North Fork of Long Island

Island are really making strides, and OnaBay Vineyards […]

The Art of the Bubbly with Cantine Ferrari

In the world of wine, the sparkling category is sometimes viewed as a strange appendage to a bulbous body. Many of us acknowledge we enjoy bubbles in wine, but very few of us understand how it’s made. Luckily, I was recently a participant in the inaugural class of Sparkling Wine Camp in northern Italy. For […]

Franciacorta: Italy's prime bead of sparkling wines

Lombardia is one of Italy’s northernmost territories and winemaking has long been a farming practice with records of vineyard plantings dating to the thirteenth century. Winemaking is often overshadowed by the fashion industry based in the capitol city of Milan. Many agricultural products, such as wine, often play second fiddle to the plush silks and […]