A Meritage by Any Other Name…

California Cabernets, especially from Napa, are well known for their power, richness, tannin, high alcohol…and too often, astronomical price. Those in the “cult” category such as Screaming Eagle or Harlan Estate can fetch hundreds of dollars or more per bottle, and are difficult or impossible to get unless you’re a

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A Barolo of Monkeys: Great Piedmont Wines

The Barolo region of Itlay’s Piedmont is home to one of the world’s most distinctive wines…and often one of its more expensive. There are 59 wine regions in Piedmont (Pee-ah-mon-tay) and it’s home to a lot more great red wines: Barbera, Brachetto, Dolcetto, Friesa, and Grignolia, but for my money,

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How Many Brunello Di Montalcinos are Enough?

On January 27 I spent a couple hours at NYC’s Gotham Hall at Broadway and 36th for Benvenuto Brunello, a grand tasting of Brunello Di Montalcino wines. Put on by The Consortium of the Brunello of Montalcino Wine, established in  1967 on the day that the region gained DOCG (Denominazione

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