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Bubbles to Ring In the New Year

Bubbles to Ring In the New Year

It’s the most wonderful time of year: Champagne season!   And while the French sparkling wine is a classic for a reason, consider trying a different sort of bubbly as you spend this week making merry at parties and ringing in the New Year.   So, I present for your consideration:   Cava is Spain’s […]

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Ruffino Bruscetta Board  Brooklyn designers Molly FitzSimons and Christopher Moore teamed up with Ruffino, the iconic Italian winery, to create this Bruschetta Board, available only this fall/winter.   Inspired by Tuscany and its culinary heritage, this board is hand-carved from walnut and polished into a functional yet beautiful piece to grace your table. Partnered with […]

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Wines to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

Wines to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

When I first started in the wine business – a scant 12 years ago – there was a frightful lack of Halloween-themed wines.   In fact, you can probably imagine the parade of people coming through the doors of the Hell’s Kitchen wine store where I worked and demanding Bull’s Blood, their numbers increasing like […]

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Le Miccine: An Emerging Tuscan Superstar

Le Miccine: An Emerging Tuscan Superstar

It’s not every day that a pair of Delta pilots land their jet in Pisa then hop into a rental car to make the nearly two hour drive to your winery.   Unfortunately, Paula Papini Cook wasn’t there to receive the pair, whose pilgrimage was inspired after reading about the winemaker and her winery, Le […]

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Riesling Redux

Riesling Redux

The other night, I ordered jambalaya and a glass of semi-dry riesling. The wine’s sharp acidity and honeyed tones made a wonderful counterpoint to the Cajun spices and it hit me:   Riesling is the best wine you’re not drinking.   I know what you’re thinking, but stay with me.   This poor grape suffers […]

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