Wine Folly Book Launch – Week One

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This has been a crazy week!

Being a first-time author attempting to make a blip in the book world is not like riding a pony. To sum up: both Justin and I have been working 7 days a …read more

State dinner wines for President Xi


Tomorrow night, President and Mrs. Obama will host President Xi Jinping of China for a State Dinner at the White House. And we have been able to procure the menu for the “Autumn feast”–with the wine pairings!

The White House has a tradition of serving only American wines. This …read more

An Italian wine cellar grows in Austin at Italic

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Above: the soppressata and taleggio pizza at Italic, Austin’s latest Italian entry.

Tuesday found me in Austin where I finally got to eat at Italic, the latest Italian-concept to open there and just one of the seemingly countless new Italians to open or to launch before year’s end.

The wine director …read more

My latest wine reviews

This is the latest of my occasional wine reviews. I hope you enjoy.


Vina Robles 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles); $24. There’s a tartness to this Cab that gives it a cranberry-like bite. The acidity is quite high, which makes me wonder if it was added or is …read more

Next NYU wine course – starts Oct 14


The air is getting cool. The undergrads are swarming campus. And they are cheering the NYU football team! Oh, wait, there is no football team…

But there is a wine class! Yes, a real, live, in-person, wine class! My next NYU wine course starts October 14 and runs for …read more

Does it Matter what School you go To?

Earnings of students 10 years after starting at college:

As another son of mine starts up his Junior year in high school, thoughts turn to college applications, tuition and test scores. A lot of hard work will decide where you get accepted–but do enough people think about the earning potential they will have after graduation. I don’t …read more

Pennsylvania’s Latest Attempt To Alienate Its Wine Lovers

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In what apparently is Pennsylvania’s latest attempt to prove that it is, in fact, the single worst state in the Union for wine lovers, a recent ruling by Chester County Judge Edward Griffith has put the kibosh on saving a few thousand bottles of wine confiscated from resident Arthur Goldman …read more

Top 10 Reasons Why Madrid is the Best Place to be Single 

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Being single can be a blessing, or a curse, depending on what you’re looking for. Over the years, I’ve found it mostly liberating and occasionally frustrating, like the day you’re nixed from the Valentine’s couples-only discount at the Collisseum, because you’re a lonely party of one. Suddenly you envision an …read more

Blue Apron adds wine delivery – and huge ambitions


Another day, another company that wants to deliver wine to your home!

Today, it’s Blue Apron who is adding wine delivery. The Brooklyn startup offers “fresh ingredients, great recipes delivered weekly to your home.” Although I haven’t tried it, lots of people have since the company says they deliver three …read more