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The Cannubi Conundrum ~ If 15 was 30

Still life with glass of Lambrusco at Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

Although harvest is in full-swing in Piedmont, the folks who sell the wines have hit the road. This week found me in New York City and Frisco, Texas (not “we’re so sorry”, California) for a barrage of …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

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

Single in Madrid

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

Wine – made by dead people – for people not yet born

With autumn’s beginning, Italian winemakers are now home from the beach and the mountains, and busy working in their wineries. Gone are the long dreamy days listening to the lap of the sea. Faint are the memories of lunch that went from 1:00 until 4:00 PM, and which included a …read more

Drinking 240 year-old Sherry will land you in jail

During a tour through Crimea by Russian president/leader-for-life Vladimir Putin and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi (who all British press add “disgraced” to the beginning of) they apparently drank a very rare bottle of 1775 Jerez de la Frontera Sherry. This has in turned sparked the ire …read more

González Puras Crianza 2012

It’s the case that I’ve been tasting a decent swath of wines from Rioja lately. This is mainly just to see what’s out there these days as in general, I stay quite uninformed as to what is happening in Spain’s most well-known region. Why is this? …read more

WBC15: Historic Seneca Lake Part 2

On the second day of our pre-conference excursion around Seneca Lake, the summer day greeted us in Geneva with a sparkling view, and I wandered down to check out Opus Coffee, owned by local chef Heather Tompkins (who prepared dinner the previous evening).

Thank goodness for caffeine! After an evening …read more

The vertical of the Vall Llachs

On Saturday, August 29th, Albert Costa, the co-owner and winemaker of Vall Llach in Porrera along with famous folk singer and co-owner Lluís Llach, Priorat held a press tasting that featured a vertical of every single Vall Llach wine made from 1999-2008 and we were only missing the 1998 …read more

The vertical of the Vall Llachs

On Saturday, August 29th, Albert Costa, the co-owner and winemaker of Vall Llach in Porrera, Priorat held a press tasting that featured a vertical of every single Vall Llach wine made from 1999-2008 and we were only missing the 1998 and 2009 vintages. 1998 was a rather hot …read more

Flirting with Fire: Inside the Fire Festivals of Spain

Festa Mayor - Fire Festivals

There is a saying in the Catalan language: sense foc no hi ha festa (without fire, there is no festival), and they aren’t exaggerating. Indeed, the region’s pyromaniacal bent may be the most evolved and embraced in the nation, yet flames, explosions, devils, and beasts play a role in many …read more

WBC15: Chasing history on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail

Earlier this month, as some 300 wine writers and industry folk convened in Corning, NY for the annual Wine Bloggers Conference, we were greeted by an overwhelmingly friendly, hometown, local wine culture of the Finger Lakes.IMG_9301

The people of Corning, and the surrounding towns which make their …read more