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Category - Wine

2001 Chateau Rieussec

Had a rockin’ sauternes after dinner last night at a nice little jardin restaurant in Lille, a 2001 Chateau Rieussec. It was like someone put a huge overflowing basket of ripe melons and pineapples on my lap and hired a cute exotic belly...

Wine (Good for Women)

Seen today on a menu in Sapa, Vietnam. The differences weren’t clearly explained, only that the sex-specific wines were distinct types made of rice, and the ‘strength’ one from apples. I didn’t try any but now regret...

Roman Baggage.

No visit to Italy is complete without a quick wine shopping trip to push the limits of my baggage weight allowance. Any thoughts, suggestions, notes, and/or observations would be most graciously appreciated. Above: La Braccesca (Antinori)...

Slovenian wine notebook

Actually, not really. But hopefully this pic taken yesterday in a friend’s cellar will act as reminder to catch up with a small stack of tasting notes assembled in recent weeks. This cellar is in the village of Vodol, near Maribor. I was...

Hungarian Baggage

A few bottles that jumped out at me at Budapest airport last week. Any thoughts, suggestions, notes, and/or observations would be most graciously appreciated. – Bock Villanyi Royal Cuvee 2004 – Chateau Dereszla Tokaji Aszu Eszencia...

Obama Wines

Keeping with the St. Martin’s day theme and before I forget, notes on a few wines that were uncorked before the champagne during the election watching party the other night: First was this 2006 Bonvin Humagne Rouge, made from a little...

In the Raw: Nude Sushi Modeling

The first wave of anxiety hit me during the subway ride to Ambassador Wines and Spirits, at 54th Street and Second Avenue, in Manhattan. I wasn’t overcome by a fear of stripping, or the thought that the fish might leave some kind of smelly...

Wine and Hard Times

Don’t dive out of the window into a shallow pool of cheap jug wine just yet. From Robin Garr‘s 30 Second Wine Advisor last Friday: Your 401(k) is a mere shadow of its former self. Your house is now officially worth less than you...

A Wine Writer’s Existential and...

“It’s like a puff of dust in the back of your throat.” That’s how a salesman at a trade tasting once described a wine he was pitching. No, I didn’t buy it. Nor do I remember the wine. I only remember wondering why...

60 Second Motovun Advisor

When you’re bopping through Croatia’s Istria peninsula, don’t forget to look inwards. Inland that is. Smack dab in the center of Istra is the village of Motovun (population 400 and decreasing rapidly), a spectacular hilltop medieval...