May 2, 2010

1 Lucas Paya: the Genuine Article

Lucas Paya, Bar Centro, The Bazaar, SLS Hotel Just as Picasso shown extraordinary talent decades before his journeys into cubism and surrealism, the best abstract painters can also replicate uncanny likeness of the human form.  Accordingly, the c...

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March 8, 2010

0 Six-dollar Vouvray

The 2006 Lacheteau, Loire Valley, Vouvray, Chenin Blanc 12% [Imported by Plume Ridge Negotiants, Industry, CA] is medium-gold in color; with an elegant, intriguing nose of melon, honeydew, golden apple; with subtle green elements, pineapple, faint tr...

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March 7, 2010

0 Gigondas: simple salvation

2005 Domaine Grand Romane Gigondas Pierre Amadieu [caption id="attachment_214" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="Gigondas: Simple Salvation"][/caption] So, there I was, at Gelson’s, knowing that they didn’t have my kind of wine—b...

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March 6, 2010

0 Nicolas Joly—the Father of Rebirth

Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant 2003 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant 2003 Medium-dark golden in color, with hints of orange.  Deep, rich fruit, with faint sweet candied nuances— golden apple, lime, caramel,  bright n...

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March 5, 2010

0 New York Wine: Bedell Cupola

Bedell Cellars 1997 Cupola North Fork of Long Island 70% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% Cabernet Franc 10% Merlot Cutchogue, NY. Deep red in color.  Incredibly complex aromas of black fruit, persimmon, Asian spice, faint soy, mature black plum, brown spice,...

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March 4, 2010

0 Wine:  1945 La Tâche

I had the rare opportunity to taste the ’45 La Tache again, recently—it has been quite impressive to watch it evolve over the past decade since first tasting it in 1999.  Some seven decades after its bottling, it is surprisingly youthful and sta...

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February 28, 2010

0 Wine: Breathing Time

2005 Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc “La Crau” Every once in a while something remarkable happens along one’s journey of endless discovery in the world of libations.  I have learned that, unless you spend a great deal of tim...

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December 18, 2009

Comments Off New York State of Wine

It’s remarkable what we can sometimes take for granted—perhaps less today that say, two years ago. But, an example that quickly comes to mind is Trader Joe’s, which was critically influential in the development of wine-culture in Southern Cali...

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