• Vintage Focus on Bordeaux 2011

    I’m just back from Bordeaux where I tasted and drank a lot of 2011 wines that are now opening up very nicely. On Monday, April 17th at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine…

  • A Dozen Rosés = A Bubbly Bouquet

    Please find here a bouquet of a dozen carefully selected Rosés, any of which will add a thrillingly pink sparkle to your Valentine’s Day. MERCAT Brut Rosé Cava, Penedes, NV…

  • The Friday Fizz: RIDGEVIEW’s English Sparkling Wines

    I’ve been tasting (and liking) English sparkling wines for a few years now … but only when I am in Europe. The wines just haven’t been available here and until recently…

  • Selecting Grower Champagnes

    I first encountered a single vineyard, single varietal, grand cru Champagne back in 1983. It was Mumm Cremant de Cramant (now called Mumm de Cramant), a 100% Chardonnay Champagne…

  • Offering 2015 Bordeaux

    BORDEAUX 2015: A Great Vintage Is 2015 a great Bordeaux vintage? The short answer is “YES!” But that’s a bit simplistic so read on for the more complete – and…

    A CHAMPAGNE FRIDAY

    The Friday before Thanksgiving, Carl Chargois of Favorite Brands and Gabe Howe of Classified Wines showed up in my office with a bunch of Champagne. Favorite…