• The Age of Champagne

    5/15/15 - Stand at the seashore or by the fogbank of a fragrant forest and the aromas of place will seem to be the concentrated essence of sea-spray or pine. This is more than just romantic fancy because the tiny water droplets of a fog can contain supersaturated solutions of aromatic compounds. Thanks to the research of Prof. Gérard Liger-Belair at the University of...
  • On Coelacanths and Unicorns — A Living Fossil

    11/19/14 - There’s a fairly common and fairly banal expression among wine cognoscenti for rare bottles from bygone years or long-since retired winemakers: Unicorn Wines. Some love the term; others deride it. Implied is that the wines are nearly mythical due to their rarity. There’s another sort of wine – equally rare – which takes one back in time by virtue of having never...
  • Great Values from the Côte d'Or: Prudhon, Lafouge (on Sale!), Rateau & Jane et Sylvain!

    10/07/14 - (Gilles and Jean Lafouge. Photo Brooklynwineguy.) It gives us great pleasure to offer (and drink) great quality Burgundies at reasonable prices. We're very happy to be working with a number of superb producers who remain relatively unknown, either by their aversion to self-promotion or their absence from the various point-scoring publications, and whose prices remain reasonable given the oustanding quality of the...
  • Natalino Is Our Favorite

    5/9/13 - (Natalino del Prete at Villa Favorita, April 2013) Puglia is known for producing huge quantities of ‘value’ wines, but making ‘value’ wine means chemical farming, high-volume yields, mechanical harvesting, and industrial production methods. There are some exceptions, and quite a few new or newly-revived Puglian wineries make polished and elegant wines, many of them trying to compete with other internationally-styled wines (including...
  • Rum, Brooklyn Style

    5/8/13 -    New York City has recently become awash in quality artisanal spirits, but few producers have quite the independent character of Bridget Firtle.  Bridget is a native New Yorker who entered the financial world at a fairly young age.  Although successful, she found herself unfulfilled by this path despite the financial rewards it brought.  At the time her firm had a role...
  • Everyday Wines from the Mosel's New Guard

    9/7/12 - It's September, which means the boats are soon arriving into our harbors with new releases from Europe. This is happy news for lovers of German Riesling, as the pre-arrivals we've been eagerly awaiting are about to dock; soon we'll be able to load up on all the best wines from the delightful 2011 vintage, which happen to be drinking really, really well...
  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009: Best Value - Monpertuis Classique! Also Starring - Bosquet des Papes, Mont Olivet Papet, Texier Vieilles Vignes, La Janasse Chaupins, Le Vieux Donjon, Clos des Brusquieres, Lucien Barrot!

      9/21/11 - As a resident of New York's East Village since the seventies, I might say that gentrification has brought some advantages, although the soul of the old neighborhood is largely gone. The same might be said for Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where old foudres have been replaced by barriques, Grenache has been softened with more Mourvedre and Syrah, and every estate seems to have one...
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