Live That Müller-Thurgau Life

“Müller-Thurgau” isn’t a name that inspires a lot of confidence. It sounds like the last name of a German politician or a fancy dog breed Jane Lynch might train in Best in Show. Hunty doesn’t get a lot of attention because most wine advocates in the United States are still busy hustling Müller-Thurgau’s mamma, Riesling (M-T…

Finger Lakes – The Promised Land Part 2

With Dead 7 behind me, I can finally resurrect (get it?) this blog and finish discussing the joys of The Finger Lakes before you all go out and stock up on rosé for the season. In our last installment, I discussed the fantastic wineries surrounding Keuka Lake. One winery I did not mention – for…

Finger Lakes – The Promised Land Part 1

Don’t worry – I haven’t gone sober on you all. It’s been a crazy few weeks at Ratapu HQ (aka, suburban Brooklyn) and I haven’t had a spare moment to rave about the beautiful bottles that have very briefly graced my wine shelves. Any minute I’ve not been hustling for zombie boy band westerns (yep, that’s…

Wild Horses: Tasting the Reserve Wines of Wolffer Estate

When I first moved to New York, I assumed – based on knowledge gleamed from Gossip Girl and The Great Gatsby, natch – that eventually someone would invite me to a polo match in the Hamptons. Isn’t that how rich people in the Northeast got their kicks? I have a general disinterest in 90% of domesticated animals (not…

50 States Project: Idaho

Growing up, I knew Idaho for three things: The parts of My Own Private Idaho that actually take place in Idaho. The state where Napoleon Dynamite lives (more specifically, Preston, Idaho, more specifically YO TINA) Potatoes I spent a short period of my childhood in Washington State and for reasons legitimate or not, Idaho got…

50 States Project: North Carolina

I’ve had a rough couple of weeks, the economy’s had a rough couple of weeks, Ted Cruz had a rough couple of weeks… 2016 hasn’t got off to a great start for everyone. However, just like Steven Avery’s interactions with the criminal justice system, we always know there are downs before some serious ups (and…

50 States Project: Oregon

OREGON Chances are if you are a Pinot fan (and not just a “Peeno Noir” fan) you have tasted the wonders of Oregon. Ten years ago, your parents might have been talking about how much they love bold, deep colored Pinots from California and every winemaker in Oregon probably winced in pain. Pinot Noir, the…

50 States Project: New Mexico

In tackling the tasting of America, it seems right to start with a state which’s wine production is relatively unknown in the East Coast, but which is making a heck of a lot of wine. Good wine. What makes New Mexico even more appealing as a developing wine region is that these wines are cheap: the…