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In My Glass: Fall Pinot Noirs from Germany’s Pfalz and Rheinhessen Regions

No other varietal evokes autumn with its bright skies, colorful foliage, brisk days, and crunchy earthiness like Pinot Noir. Quite simply, it is simply fall in a glass. No doubt, my impression can be traced back to having traveled to some of my favorite Pinot regions, including Willamette Valley, North Fork Long Island, and Sonoma […]

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In My Glass: El Malbec 2006 de Ricardo Santos (Mendoza)

It’s been so long now, that I cannot remember how Eleni and I became fascinated with Mendoza’s Ricardo Santos and his wines. But in any case, this bottle of Malbec from the 2006 vintage had been waiting for a comparative tasting of aging, mid-priced Argentine Malbecs that never happened. It was finally time to open […]

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In My Glass: Tierra de Léon’s Prieto Picudo Shines

Though it is nearly impossible to know and taste all of the grape varietals grown in Spain – there are, after all, several hundred types of grapes being cultivated there today – there is one that every rosé lover needs to know: Prieto Picudo. I recently compared two Prieto Picudo rosés: Tampesta Rosé and Rubus […]

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In My Glass: 2001 Pugliese Vineyards Riesling (North Fork, Long Island)

I don’t consider myself to be overly sentimental, but sentimentality is the only way I can explain how I managed to keep a bottle of Pugliese Vineyards’ 2001 Riesling. It was the last bottle of a case that my father, who passed away several years ago, and I brought back from a quick trip to […]

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Beyond Malbec: 2011 Bodegas Escorihuela Gascón Colosal

I braced myself as I poured the 2011 Don Miguel Gascón Colosal red blend for the first time. Colossal: the name suggests enormous, immense, powerful. Would this be a tannic monster of a wine? Will my teeth be stained purple permanently? Would it need to sit and breathe for hours before being drinkable? Not at […]

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In My Glass: 2010 Fischer Sauvignon Blanc (Baden, Germany)

It is not often that one finds German Sauvignon Blanc on US wine store shelves. In fact, as recently as 1995, Germany did not grow any Sauvignon Blanc. According to the Deutsches Weininstitut’s annual report, a mere 0.5% of Germany’s vineyards – a grand total of 581 hectares – were planted with Sauvignon Blanc in […]

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Beyond Malbec: 2007 Bodega Sottano Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Bodega Sottano is a relatively new winery based in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.  The winery focuses their efforts on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and has a fairly small production of less than 60,000 cases per year. In the glass, the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva was a deep, saturated, fresh-looking purple. The nose was complex and […]

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In My Glass: Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé

The Château La Tour Grise ZEC Rosé undoubtedly will be one of the most memorable rosés – if not the most memorable – I enjoyed during the summer of 2013. Made from 100% Cabernet Franc grapes, which are certified biodynamic and organic, the ZEC is both evocative and delicious. We enjoyed the wine over two evenings. […]

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In My Glass: 2008 Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer

I knew better. I knew better than to buy this bottle of Alois Lageder Pinot Grigio Benefizium Porer from the 2008 vintage, and released a year later, in 2013. I knew better after having perused the store’s dusty, dark aisles laden with straggler bottles of wine from vintages long past.  And I certainly knew better […]

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In My Glass: 2009 Bonny Doon Ca’ Del Solo Muscat

It might have had me fooled.  If I had blind-tasted the 2009 Bonny Doon Ca’ Del Solo Muscat I might have guessed that it was actually an Argentine Torrontés. It bears some of the hallmarks I associate with Torrontés – floral notes, orange blossom, honeysuckle. The association should not be surprising given that the Muscat […]

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