Duckhorn Chardonnay 2013

duckhorn chardDuckhorn Chardonnay 2013 far better this evening than yesterday, always the mark of a superior, if young, wine.

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Slovenian Wine Reborn

Mitja Herga smallInteresting dinner with Mitja Herga of P&F Wineries. He’s trying to remake image of Slovenian wines after 50 years of Hitler & Tito.

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Ready-To-Drink Chateau Palmer







Sotheby’s Wine Retail NY has terrific deals on ready-to-drink Bordeaux Third Growth (it deserves better than that) Chateau Palmer.

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Krug Stumbles But Ruinart Soars.





The Krug 1995 was stale and lifeless after twenty years, what a waste, but the Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blanc 2002 was a gentle, subtle delight.

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Roussillon Wines Shine

Rouissillon 1 smallEye-opening tasting with Eric Aracil export manager for #RoussillonWines.

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Italian Wine Dinner

italian winesJust some of the 90 bottles poured at an Italian wine dinner for a corporate client yesterday evening. The standouts: Villa Antinori Chianti Classico 2010 and the Elena Walch Pinot Bianco, Kastela, Alto Adige 2013.

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Multi Vintages of Chateau Margaux On Sale!

margauxGood news for fans of Bordeaux’s Chateau Margaux. In October NY auction house Sotheby’s will sell 239 lots of wine directly from the chateau’s cellar, with vintages from the 1900 vintage to 2010 on offer. A veritable collectors’ El Dorado.

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Grey evening on the Hudson

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But bright pink rosé from @LoireValleyWines #RoseLoire in the glass. Best: Sauvion “Chemin des Saules 2014 ($14)

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Do French women not get fat because the eat so many oysters?

Mireille Guiliano, author of big best seller French Women Don’t Get Fat

Mireille Guiliano








is back in NYC this week promoting her latest, Meet Paris Oysters, a languid stroll through the Parisian sub-culture of all things oyster.


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Great Chips, Bad Wine List

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I’ll forgive a bar a lot – even if, like NYC’s Bottega, they feature a wine-by-the-glass list that mentions neither vintage nor producer and a bartender who hasn’t heard of Cutty Sark — when they serve free home-made potato chips.

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The whole basket disappeared in under two minutes.

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