Beautiful Label, Beautiful Wine (Again) from Donnafugata

Posted on: August 17th, 2018 by
The label for the Donnafugata Floramundi wine from Sicily.

I love love love wine labels. Mostly because I had to sell/see so many bottles with crap ones. There is a winery in Sicily that always impresses me with what’s inside and outside the bottle. The Donnafugata Floramundi carries on that tradition. Perhaps you may remember Donnafugata from such bottles with great labels as Anthìlia, a [More]

A Wine Shop Bestowing Bottles with Unique, Delightful Notes

Posted on: August 13th, 2018 by
If you want to see the most creative shelf talkers I've seen, head to Flowercup Wine in Cold Spring, NY.

One of my favorite activities as a buyer at the QFC Broadway Market in Seattle was hand-writing notes about wines I personally selected for the store. (I also had crazy things happen there.) We refer to such written missives in the business as “shelf talkers.” What they all have in common is a long profile [More]

Gewürztraminer Greatness

Posted on: August 10th, 2018 by
The Tiefenbrunner Gewürztraminer comes from vineyards in the Alto Adige.

I drink oceans of white wine year-round but there are some grapes that just don’t get into heavy or even light rotation. One of them is definitely Gewürz. Badly/indifferently done, it can be oily, flabby, and overly perfume-y. But, whoa, the Tiefenbrunner Gewürztraminer from Italy’s spectacular Alto Adige region is a stunner. (It was sent [More]

Washington Red Wine Blends Podcast

Posted on: August 9th, 2018 by
The Benches vineyard in Horse Heaven Hills is a source of grapes for many Washington red wine blends.

Its a time of the year when my thoughts are dominated by white wine and rosé. Particularly since it’s going to be 90 degrees and humid in Brooklyn…again. But that doesn’t mean I can’t take time out of my sweltering day to speak about Washington red wine blends. On the latest episode of the What [More]

Greek Rosé Time

Posted on: August 7th, 2018 by
Beautiful vineyard view at Domaine Zafeirakis in Greece.

When I visit a new wineshop I always try and buy something new to me. It’s a way to get a feel for the buyer and what they are into. So I pushed aside my penchant to buy a nearly transparent pale rosé and stepped up to by a bottle with a deeper pink shade [More]

Go to Ruffian in the East Village if You Love Wine and Food

Posted on: August 5th, 2018 by
A view of the narrow, charming Ruffian wine bar in the East Village.

There’s nothing I love more than tiny places and there are a few in the East Village I adore. One is Ruffian wine bar. It’s an extremely narrow spot specializing in natural wine. They also crank out some great food behind the bar in the tiniest square footage. It also reminds me that some of [More]

Domaine Tempier Rosé 2017 is a Legendary Bottle

Posted on: August 3rd, 2018 by
The HQ where Domaine Tempier Rosé is made.

Much time has passed since I last had one of the world’s most iconic wines. It’s not just legendary, but vital year after year. I’m talking about the Domaine Tempier Rosé. Yesterday I enjoyed a bottle as it is best enjoyed (outside of southern France, at least): with a friend over a great, leisurely lunch. [More]

Liquid Geography Rosé is a Feel-Good Wine

Posted on: July 26th, 2018 by
Wine Label for the Liquid Geography rosé.

I’ve been a fan of a small region in Northwest Spain for quite a while: Bierzo. (I first wrote about the region, albeit quite briefly, in 2005!) The main grape you’ll find there, Mencía, makes great red wines. Now I’m delighted to get into some pink examples. Liquid Geography rosé is the most recent bottle I’ve [More]