We’ve Got People Coming Over — Help!!

In the last few weeks, I’ve had more than one person ask for help with planning their holiday parties. They want to serve wine. They want to serve decent wine, but they don’t want to go broke. Or, they don’t want to serve expensive, high quality wines because they know that at a party very […]

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**UPDATE** Tasting Notes

Latest entries include offerings at various price points from the Finger Lakes, Napa Valley, Burgundy, the Southern Rhone, Washington State, and Corsica. Cheers! WHITE 9/26/12 2011 Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling, Columbia Valley (11% abv., $9, Safeway): Moderately off-dry with a residual sugar of 2.23 g/100ml, this simple riesling is a blend of grapes from throughout […]

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Geek Of The Week — Sereksiya Chernaya

I have gone far too long between Geek Of The Week postings, so I thought I’d return to this feature in extreme fashion, with a brief look at Sereksiya Chernaya, a variety indigenous to Moldova and Romania. Known in Romania as Băbească Neagră, “grandmother’s grape,” where it is the second most planted variety after merlot, […]

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**UPDATE** Tasting Notes

Latest entries include two superb New York State rieslings, a beautiful rosé from the south of France, and four special reds from Italy, California, and the Basque Country. Cheers! WHITE 7/10/12  2009 Ravines Dry Riesling Argetsinger Vineyard, Finger Lakes (12.5% abv., $29.95, Empire Wines NYS): A pale green-gold wine with a clean nose filled with mint, apples, […]

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The New York Wine Mind — More Questions Than Answers

Before discussing the challenges that face many of the wineries in attendance at the recent “America’s Grape Country Wine Festival,” a few more words about the event itself and some small things organizers can do to take their performance up a notch. What I’m about to suggest is not rocket science; these are part and […]

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If I Can Make It There, I Can Make It Anywhere…

If you think of yourself as someone who loves wine, and, maybe as importantly, someone who cares about the American wine industry, then Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes, Evan Dawson’s warm but incisive examination of New York State’s most important and fastest-growing wine region, is required reading. […]

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