Shut Up, Kiss Me, Drink Rosé

Look, no-one needs a bloody reminder to drink rosé in 2017, I know. The entire population of New Jersey could probably drown in the amount of canned rosé sold to customers in NYC this summer alone. I want you to put down your phone for a second and check your fridge. Is there at least…

SA Winemaker Profile: Wayne Ahrens

Have you ever stuck your hand into warm, sweaty garbage? I’m not taking about putting your hand in a trash can stuck in the sun. I’m talking about going full hog into a New York City black bag mountain in the middle of July. Have you ever felt hundreds of decomposing fruit peels and half-eaten…

SA Winemaker Profile: Tom Shobbrook

“The best secret to keeping wine cool on the go? Airplane sick bags.” Tom Shobbrook is full of these little kernels of WTF knowledge; one has the impression the if he wasn’t a busy winemaker, he could be Australia’s Mike Rowe. His property invokes the idea of reclusive professor in a wild college town. Having…

Does “Vintage” Really Matter (Especially for a 20-something?)

The term “old wine” used to mean something. When someone opened up a so-called classic vintage of Bordeaux or came up from their cellars with twenty-year old Burgundy, there was a magic in the air that everyone at a table could feel. To drink a truly old wine was to take a step back into…

Shout Out to Sancerre

It’s movie-selling time in the south of France this week, meaning that the creme de la creme (and actual festering pile of dung, Woody Allen) are all going to be sipping rosé on the beach, while we simple folk enjoy turbulent pre-summer weather and potential Zika virus infection. Très charmant! Thankfully, this means more hidden…

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…

The Queen of Barolo – A Tasting with Chiara Boschis

“I want to address the ladies in the room for a moment.” Chiara said, quietly interrupting Tim Farrell, Brooklyn Wine Exchange’s head buyer, as he was discussing the sediment in the bottom of our glasses. “This sediment, it is pure antioxidant!” She mimed rubbing the sediment all over face. “I go to my dermatologist as…

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: 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…