T.G.I.Friday! Cheers everyone–here’s to a hard week at work! Let’s stop by the bar and grab a couple of drinks to get the weekend started off right. We did our best this week, whether that was signing a big sales contract, dealing with unseasonably warm weather in …read more
Capture Date: October 2, 2010
Location: Lagos, Punta Piedad, Algarve, Portugal
About: The light in the Algarve is fantastic. To draw the curtains each and every morning to see soaring blue skies, gentle waves and radiant rays of sunshine, lifts your spirits and makes you feel alive. It’s a region filled …read more
As European Union ministers prepare to gather in Riga on Monday for meetings on Health and Consumer Affairs, including a discussion of EU alcohol policy, Matilde Poggi (above, president of the Italian Federation of Independent Grape Growers [FIVI]) has previewed a brief she plans to send to send to Italian …read more
Part Four: The Wine Enthusiast Years
My career really took off when I joined Wine Enthusiast. No longer just second (or third) fiddle, as I’d been at Wine Spectator, but the California guy. To tell you the truth, though, it was several years before I was allowed to review wine. …read more
Most people probably shrug off a wine that costs $25 on a restaurant wine list but that they’ve seen for $10 in a store as just a cost of dining out. What you might not know is that the restaurant didn’t even pay $10 for that wine and it …read more
Plus, a French wine bar sanctioned by Pope Francis, celebrity chefs come to Harlem for charity, California introduces the Green Medal for sustainable winegrowing, and the NYSLA fines another N.Y. wholesaler …read more
Wine Review: 2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Seldom are we fortunate enough to have the pleasure of tasting such a fine example of the Sangiovese grape fermented to near perfection. Monsanto has grabbed my attention and kept it focused with this 2011 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva. …read more
The following are just a few of my still wine highlights from my Vinitaly 2015 tastings. Still working on putting together my notes for the sparkling tastings…
It would be too easy to simply post a panegyric on Valter Fissore’s extraordinary expressions of Barolo. I was blown away by the focus …read more
In November, the Great Wine Capitals Global Network will hold its Annual General Meeting in Rioja and Bilbao.
Part of the Network is the Bilbao | Rioja Committee, made up of the Chambers of Commerce of Álava, Bilbao and La Rioja, the Bilbao City Hall and the Grupo Rioja.
From November …read more
Part Three: The 1990s
You know that story about the Broadway understudy who gets his big break when the star falls ill and he has to stand in? That’s what happened to me one day, when Jim Gordon called and told me Harvey Steiman, who was supposed to write about …read more
If I knew then what I know now, I would have saved myself a lot of trouble. These are the words of an expatriate and those of a traveler. They are the words that I utter after every trip gone awry and also after those that went off, mostly, …read more
Most sparkling wine isn’t Champagne and that’s not a bad thing.
Champagne is an awesome sparkling wine but the cost for a entry-level bottle usually starts at $36–40. And, while this is by no means a bad price for a good wine, it’s not exactly what most of us imagine spending …read more
Ok, geeks; REMAIN CALM.
That’s the message we need to repeat to our geeky wine selves after reading the article “Science has spoken: Big wine doesn’t mean more flavour” by Beppi Crosariol in The Globe and Mail.
In case you missed it, the scoop is that a rather cleverly executed …read more