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Love to @punch_drink s guide to the current state of #californiacabernet, which recommends Napa Valley Legend Philip Tognis second label, Tanbark Hill 2014. This is Cabernet for those who dont want training wheels...its a growling, tough mountain Cabernet, but decant it and try it over a couple of hours and you see the full magnitude of Cabernet in its classic form. Word @jbonne ! Link in profile. : @luxecompass

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Reading up in @sciencemagazine on an 8,000 year old jar that contains traces of wine, pushing back the estimate of when our species first tippled by about 1,000 years! #georgianwine

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Thank you to @mgvsol and @christoph_hoch for making it, to @toa_fhj for bringing it to our attention, to @winewonderwoman for managing it, to @grandesplacesselections and @grandes.locaciones.selecciones for distributing it in California and for @rawwineworld for celebrating it. #rawwine ...And we cant forget @mpiaker for taking pictures of it!

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Champagne on the brain, all over the world But if you happen to be in NYC tonight, check out @jmseleques #solessence, BTG at @terroirny. We like @peterliems description in his amazing new tome: ...rich in texture, while remaining lively and buoyant. #champagne #growerchampagne #pierry #coteauxsuddepernay #organic #3rdgeneration #vigneron #vigneronindependent

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Boca, pictured here, is the highest growing region in all of Piemonte at 450-500 meters. It is also tiny, with a mere 30ha of vines across 5 hilly villages. Santuvario has 2.5 of those hectares, and we are thrilled to add them to our portfolio from @louisdressnerselections. #altopiemonte #boca #nebbiolo #croatina #uvarara #santuvario #vininaturali

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These are some of the most powerful, structured Blanc de Blancs readers will come across. Best of all, the wines are bursting at the seams with personality and character. -Antonio Galloni, writing in @vinousmedia. For more on Le Brun Servenay, imported by @beckywasserman.co, click the link in our profile. #champagne #growerchampagne #cotedesblancs #chalk #chalk #chalk #chalk #chalk #chalk #chalk #chalk #chalk #salt #chalk

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Meet the @rawwineworld winemakers at the opening party at @thetenbells on Saturday Nov 4th! 8:30 til.....? #rawwineweek

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One of our favorite wine vendors Kristen Lee Sargeant of @twonoteswine performing live at one of our favorite NYC restaurants @bluefinny. Go see, hear, eat and drink! (This week!) #jazz #nycjazz #sushi #wine
I worked in a wine store on New York’s upper west side in the 1990s. It was called Nancy’s Wines For Food and I learned the wine trade there by working my way up from cellar rat to manager. The original wine buyer was Willie Gluckstern. Given the personnel, it won’t surprise anyone to know that we had the largest selection of German wines in New York, over 100 of them at our peak. A lot of it was Terry Theise wine, thanks in large part to the efforts of David Bowler at Skurnik. Rudi Wiest’s wines did not have a large presence in New York in those days (unlike today, ...
VITTORIA, Sicily — The red wines made in the vicinity of this midsize town in southeastern Sicily can be elegant and beautiful, with a crunchy freshness and a reticent austerity. They can be intriguingly mineral, gorgeously perfumed and astonishingly pure, while still displaying rich, focused fruit flavors. They offer a lot to love.... read more ...
From Chablis Gets the Côte de Beaune Treatment from Mother Nature, July 2016by Stephen Tanzer"...Négociant Patrick Piuze, who offers a very full range of Chablis bottlings from village to grand cru, told me his 2015s were already tender wines and should make for “a good commercial vintage, in between 2009 and 2011 in style.” Piuze, who is able to choose his harvest dates and picks by hand with his own team, began in Courgis and Fyé on the afternoon of September 1, barely 12 hours after the hailstorm at 1:30 that morning; he brought in his top hailed- ...
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In his most recent "Drinking Out Loud" column at Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer describes a Canary Island education that started with a complete tabula rasa. "It was just a handful of years ago that Canary Island wines were unknown and unseen in America. I certainly knew nothing about them," he writes. "Then the wines began to trickle in, sporting obscure varietal names such as Listán Negro, Listán Blanco, Negramoll, Vijariego, Marmajuelo and Tintilla, among others. The producers’ names were equally unfamiliar. Even with the labels in full view it was, at least for ...
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"Sommeliers approach Clos Rougeard’s Cabernet Franc on bended knees, said one wine professional." Wall Street Journal Columnist Lettie Teague travels to the Loire Valley’s Saumur region to see if it’s worthy of the adoration. Our own Jake Halper, LDM Portfolio Manager, is quoted. Check out the full article by clicking here.  ...
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Burgundy has been pumping out wine since before the Magna Carta was written, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing left to discover. Jon Bonné writes in PUNCH on the ten rising star winemakers who are shaping the region's future, featuring our very own Domaine Berthaut! Check out the article here. ...
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Nusserhof, located in the center of Bolzano in the Südtirol, squeezed between the Adige river and the A22 highway, is a tiny 4 hectare estate specializing in local grape varieties such as Lagrein, Teroldego, Schiava and Blatterle. The family have been farmers in the area since 1788 and the city has literally grown around them. What used to be farmland is now industry and their estate is a little patch of green alongside the river.The estate is well-known not only for its wine but because of the family history.  Josef Mayr-Nusser (27 December 1910 - 24 February 1945) was an Italian Roman ...
“Porter Creek is like a snapshot from Pinot's past… The approach Davis takes is the opposite of the modern style; it's nuanced, pure in its fruit and informed by his time in some of Burgundy's greatest cellars. It harks back to a much defter view of what Russian River could yield.”  -Jon Bonné, San Francisco Chronicle Certain things make me nostalgic; one such thing is film. Actual film. Not because I think digital photos are missing anything necessarily—I’ve seen plenty of lousy photos from both mediums and I’m honestly not sure I ...
This just in from PUNCH's "Crib Sheet," your monthly shortcut to what's hot in wine right now, in four bottles, courtesy of Jon Bonné.This month: the Canary Islands, the Spanish archipelago off Africa that is home to a grab bag of volcanic wines. Read the article here! ...
Two of our wines were amongst the top selections in the recent “Wine Without Walls” competition at Vinitaly this year. This is a new competition that was established by Alice Feiring, who was one of the judges. The competition focused on natural wines. The other judges were Pascaline Lepeltier from Rouge Tomate, Diego Sorba from Tabarro, Pietro Vergano from Convivium and Mike Bennie—consultant and writer. To be eligible the wine had to be organic and have no additives or adjustments--except minimal So2.   Our two wines were:·      ...