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A critical issue to the very existence of the fine wine industry in New York

Mar 7th, 2012
A critical issue to the very existence of the fine wine industry in New York has been brought to our attention and we wanted to make you aware of it.  One of the largest liquor wholesalers is lobbying the State Senate to include an “at rest” provision in their 2012 budget. The practical effect of “ ...
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Grapes Born of Volcano and Sea

Jan 15th, 2012
TO drink only the best-known wines from time-honored regions is a little like eating in the same restaurants over and over. You can’t go wrong, perhaps, but without the rewards of exploration, you are missing out on so much more. This has never been truer for wine lovers than it is today, when more ...
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The New Rules of Wine

Sep 30th, 2011
You chill your whites but not your reds, pair your fancy bottles with fancy food, and skip right past the pink champagne. Guess what: You're doing wine all wrong. We talked to the best sommeliers, vintners, and career winos around to rewrite the book on this fermented-grape-juice thing. And we ...
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BIRTH OF A SALESMAN: A new type of wine merchant emerges

Aug 8th, 2011
Call it the boomerang effect. As the wine world has embraced small growers of late, a shadow has fallen over the once-common concept of the négociant, a merchant who makes wine from bulk amounts of purchased fruit. But that meaning has been shed recently thanks to a different kind of  ...
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What's so good about Beaujolais 2010

Jul 29th, 2011
"The 2010s are much more typical Beaujolais, a bit lighter in body with less obvious tannin but absolutely stuffed full of the unusually succulent fruit of the Gamay grape, in much purer form than used to be the case when so many Beaujolais winemakers depended on speeded-up fermentations and added ...
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Psst: A Secret for White Burgundy Lovers

Jun 12th, 2011
HERE in the heart of the Côte de Beaune, the epicenter for white Burgundy, vignerons in their cellars are offering samples of their 2010 vintage, which is aging in barrels, and pouring tastes of their 2009 wines, which for the most part have just been released. But if you love white Burgundy, lean ...
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Vouvrays With an Element of Surprise

Apr 25th, 2011
PERHAPS you have not yet been bitten by the chenin blanc bug and transported to a world of luminous wines made in an astounding range of styles. If so, then opportunity is about to pull a cork for you.Right now in the marketplace are a bevy of superb Vouvrays, many priced gently given their high ...
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Looking for Renewed Magic in Beaujolais

Apr 10th, 2011
YOU don’t have to scratch too far under the surface of most wine lovers to find fond, possibly romanticized memories of a special bottle that changed everything for them. Before that bottle they may have liked wine well enough. But then, often by chance, they drank a particular glass that opened ...
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Canary in a wine glass: Drinkers flock to islands' distinct wines

Feb 19th, 2011
Four years ago, wine from the Canary Islands was unheard of in America. Unless you were one of the tourists who visit the archipelago each year, you might have assumed that quality grapes couldn't exist 80 miles off the southwestern coast of Morocco.But these days, Canary Islands wines have become ...
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Porter Creek's Alex Davis: Winemaker to watch

Jan 15th, 2011
Porter Creek is like a snapshot from Pinot's past. If you pulled a Rip Van Winkle for the past decade, as Pinot Noir was transformed from porcelain goddess into bodybuilder, you'd feel a certain kinship with winemaker Alex Davis. "I've made ...
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Huge pleaures from obscure pinot noir

Jan 4th, 2011
Start 2011 with a glass of 2006 Domaine Thenard Givry Clos Saint-Pierre, a reasonably-priced red Burgundy from a very good producer. Givry is a village in the Cote Chalonnaise district of France’s Burgundy region. South of Burgundy’s prestigious and ...
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Son follows in late winemaker Didier Dagueneau's storied footsteps

Oct 13th, 2010
The Frenchman's untimely death in 2008 led many to wonder what kind of legacy would emerge from his vineyards. His son surprised everyone with his inherited perfectionism and deep understanding of wine.
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Zinfandel Steps Back From the Abyss

Oct 11th, 2010
SAD to say, I don’t drink much zinfandel these days. That wasn’t always the case. When I first awakened to the joys of wine back in the 1980s, I was excited about zinfandel. All right, I was excited about any wine, but zinfandel in particular intrigued me. It was full of gorgeous fruit, yet rarely ...
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The Evolution of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Aug 1st, 2010
CALIFORNIA chardonnays are not nearly what they once were. This makes me very happy. Not so long ago, California chardonnay was thought of by many as a kind of litmus test. Your stance on the wines signified your position on cuisine, culture and, no doubt, politics, religion, the afterlife and the ...
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A Montrachet Lunch

Jun 24th, 2010
Earlier this month I attended a lunch with Jean-Baptiste Bordeaux-Montrieux, whose family owns Domaine Baron Thenard in Givry. The domaine covers 57 acres of vineyards from Givry, in the Côte Chalonnaise, to Grands Echézeaux, just north of Vosne-Romanée ...
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Champagnes Below $40 Regain Pop

Dec 22nd, 2009
WARNING: You may assume that what you are about to read is the usual dutiful holiday roundup of Champagnes and sparkling wines. But you would be wrong. Ignore this at your own peril.Hmm. Wrong tone. Too grim. Not at all the light, exuberant note I’m seeking. Let me try again. Ah, Champagne! Ah, ...
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