I was able to take a trip to Oregon in May to do a little bit of wine tasting as well as a little bit of bike riding with a group of friends. I had 2 take aways from the trip; the wines of the Willamette Valley have never been at a higher quality, though … More Willamette Valley Tasting Trip
Sangiovese is a lovely grape that produces great wines throughout Tuscany. Montalcino with its Brunello is probably the highest quality region for sangiovese, but my favorite happens to come from Chianti which is arguably the spiritual home of sangiovese. I have always liked sangiovese; when I was in my early stages as a wine drinker, … More My favorite sangiovese
I have had 2 celebrations recently with some great wines consumed. One was my wife’s birthday celebration (which was more than one day for the record) and then we had some great friends come in for the weekend and in honor of them we opened several great bottles. Here is a review of some of … More Tasting weekends
Circa 2007 Valentine’s Day in Charlottesville, VA; I was a student and while I had lots of interest in fine wine, I had little experience due to the cost. Luckily for this particular dinner out, I had a date that was not a student and she offered to pay! In an attempt to impress at … More Domaine Michel Lafarge – Benchmark Volnay
It’s been quite awhile since I’ve had the time or energy to get on here and post anything, but don’t let that make you think I’ve not been enjoying wine! I most certainly have been. So I figured I’d post a few highlights of recent times and then hopefully get on with a more educational … More Some killer wines recently
Ruchottes-Chambertin is one of the grand crus of Gevrey-Chambertin. I only recently had my first taste of this prestigious vineyard and while it does not carry the fame of Le Chambertin or Clos de Beze, it is probably close to the top of the rest of the Gevrey grand crus in my opinion. This is … More Ruchottes-Chambertin
During this uncertain and somewhat scary time in the world, wine sometimes seems a bit of an afterthought. I would be lying if I said I haven’t wondered why I spend so much time and money on a trivial subject. Certainly in my overall world view, wine is trivial; it is after all a beverage … More Puligny-Montrachet Le Cailleret
These are certainly strange days. With most of the U.S. and the rest of western world on full lockdown during this crisis of COVID-19, many people are stuck inside with not too much to do. As for myself, I work in a hospital so unfortunately my days have become busier and more stressful. I am … More Quarant-wine?
Nebbiolo is a fabulous grape that produces some of my favorite wines. Not just from the famous areas of Barolo and Barbaresco, but lesser known areas of the Alto Piemonte like Carema, Boca, Gattinara etc. They all have their own fabulous producers and can produce stunning wines. One of the things I enjoy the most … More Ancient Barolo!
Now that we’ve had a little foray elsewhere, lets get back to Burgundy! The other night I drank a fabulous bottle from a producer that I had never tried. The wine was Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Les Cazetiers which is a fabulous 1er cru. Cazetiers is located in the northern end of Gevrey on the “Cote … More Cazetiers classic!