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2013 Finger Lakes Riesling Vintage — They Did It Again

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 02:11:48 +0000

On September 27, 2014, the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance (“FLWA”) sponsored its annual virtual tasting on Twitter for members of the wine media (using the term very generously in my case) interested in trying the new vintage of Finger Lakes rieslings. I have long been an advocate of the Finger Lakes as an under appreciated wine […]



The Otter

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:18:51 +0000

A friend of mine is doing a bit of wedding planning and asked for my thoughts on a cocktail to serve to her guests. She wanted to name the drink after her dog, who she described as bubbly, brown, and sweet. Not surprisingly, chocolate and champagne had popped into her mind.  Well, when someone else […]



A Sampling of the 2012 Class of Finger Lakes Rieslings

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 01:52:10 +0000

Every year the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance (“FLWA”) sponsors a virtual tasting on Twitter for members of the wine media (using the term very generously in my case) interested in trying some of the new vintage of Finger Lakes rieslings. As anyone who reads this blog with any frequency knows, I have long been an […]



An Original Cocktail: The French Margarita

Fri, 02 Aug 2013 02:05:07 +0000

I’ve taken a stab at my first original cocktail. Give it a try and let me know what you think. French Margarita 2 oz Tequila 1 oz Lillet Blanc 1/2 oz Green Chartreuse 1/2 oz Lime Juice 1 tsp Light Agave Nectar 3 dashes Orange Bitters Combine all ingredients, shake with ice, and strain into […]



2011 Domaine de Fontsainte Corbières

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 03:26:09 +0000

I needed a wine at the last minute for a cookout. I wanted something a little bit different, so I went to West Nashville’s newest wine shop, Harvest Wine Market on Highway 100 (you can find them on Facebook here), and asked the helpful staff if they could recommend something appropriate. We discussed a couple […]



A Sample of 3 from Giordano Wines

Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:06:38 +0000

Disclosure: I received these wines as part of a free sample package from Giordano Wines. No reviews or any other considerations were promised in exchange for the samples. I recently received a sample set of three wines from Giordano Wines.  Giordano has been producing wines in Italy since 1900. To this day, it remains a […]



A Final Review of the 2011 Finger Lakes Vintage: Sheldrake Point and Dr. Frank

Tue, 12 Feb 2013 04:28:54 +0000

This is the last in a series of posts that I have done reviewing examples of 2011 rieslings from the Finger Lakes that were provided to me in a sample pack by the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance. You can read and compare my prior posts on these wines here, here, and here. Overall, as major […]



Recent Tastings

Sun, 23 Dec 2012 03:55:27 +0000

Two more quality entries from the Finger Lakes’ 2011 Riesling vintage (see here and here) and a solid Virginia Cabernet Franc: Knapp Winery 2011 Riesling, Finger Lakes, NY — Semi-sweet wine with a nose of tropical fruit salad. Bright, medium to high acidity with a slightly heavy mouth feel owing to the 28% residual sugar. […]



A Rare Taste of a Foreign Beauty: Chateau Unang 2009 La Gardy

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:58:30 +0000

A few months ago, I was honored to be invited to a good friend’s wedding.  (Shameless plug: you can purchase his travel guide to Yemen here.) During the wedding feast I noticed an intriguing label on the red wine being served. As my friend is a noted world traveler I asked if the wine had […]



Two More Quality 2011 Finger Lakes Rieslings from Lucas and Ravines

Sun, 18 Nov 2012 02:59:47 +0000

As I noted in my last post, every year, the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance (“FLWA”) sponsors a series of virtual tastings for the media to spread the word about the latest vintage of Finger Lakes rieslings. This is the second year that I have participated. So, here is the disclaimer: I received the wines reviewed in the […]