Montsant and the Famous Neighbor Strategy

When you are seeking wine values I suggest that employ the Famous Neighbor Strategy (FNS). The FNS is an easy one to follow. You find a wine appellation that you love but cannot afford to drink on daily, or weekly, basis. Chances are that these wines are also famous. Instead of waiting for a special occasion to enjoy this favorite wine you could look...

The Wines of Spain – Why you should be drinking more

Learning the wines of Spain could take a lifetime and what a life it would be. Spain being a peninsula with the Pyrenees to the north along the French border, the Atlantic to the west, and the Mediterranean to the east and south with influential rivers and high, arid lands in the country’s center. Spanish wines have changed significantly in the past few decades....

Labor Day – Keep Summer Alive

Somehow the calendar got set to fast-forward and now Labor Day weekend is soon upon us. It is widely believed that Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer but I’m not having any of that. Before the winter scarfs are taken from storage and the snow blower is tuned for winter I have more summer living to do. It’s time for new traditions...

Navigating the Corkage Fee Conundrum

The subject of corkage fees in restaurants has been a topic of great debate, for both restaurateurs and patrons alike, for many, many years. In fact the circumstance of navigating the corkage topic has been the source of some of my most uncomfortable moments – from both sides of the negotiating table. In truth, I rarely bring wine to a restaurant other than those...

A French Wine Primer

If you love wine, or perhaps you’re just considering a relationship with wine, you will certainly come in contact with the wines of France. Many Americans are deeply intimidated by French wines. That’s understandable as the names are foreign to American eyes and ears and the all familiar grape names are missing. These French – it’s like they speak another language. In general terms...

Raid the Cellar – Brunello di Montalcino

Occasionally I like to have a structured tasting with a purpose — of older vintage that have been slumbering in the cellar. I wanted to share this recent “raiding of the cellar” as an example of the joys that can come with the patient act of cellaring wine. True, most of the wine made around the globe is meant to be consumed within a couple...

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