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New Jersey Wineries: Old York Cellars in Ringoes

In my continuing quest to visit and support New Jersey wineries and the state’s wine industry, I recently visited Old York Cellars in Ringoes.  Old York is a small winery – only about 3,600 cases a year, which in Napa would be the rough equivalent of a “garage” winery.  Previously

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A Wonderfully-Improved Alba Vineyard in New Jersey

I’d been to Alba Vineyard & Winery years ago, and walked away unimpressed.  There was a distinct lack of friendliness in the tasting room, and the wine I liked most at the time was a sparkling wine that Alba didn’t actually produce, just private labeled. Alba is a fairly new

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Last Bottle Wines: A Mixed Bag (or Mixed Case)

I’ve been a very steady customer of Last Bottle Wines (LBW), an interesting and fun wine sale and delivery service. The way it works is simple – you subscribe, and they send you emails–daily–with an offer of a specific wine that is supposedly at a moderate- to deep discount. You set up

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New Jersey Wineries: Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes, NJ

Jersey is actually home to some very good wines, but unfortunately doesn’t really enjoy that reputation among wine aficionados, at least as far as I can tell.  Having volunteered there in the past during crush, and knowing Unionville Vineyards’ winemaker Cam Stark, I went back this past Sunday to Ringoes,

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Jersey Restaurants: INC in New Brunswick, NJ

You’d think it would be easy to get a good whiskey sour in any decent restaurant. After all, it’s a pretty simple and very classic drink, right? Well, I’ve had more watery sours in the last year than I can count, from Chicago to New York and several places in

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Jersey Restaurants: Hotoke Restaurant–Hot or OK?

I dined at Hotoke in New Brunswick on Friday night for the first time since at least 2011. I’d remembered the place fondly, and it was wildly popular at the time, so I was anticipating a fabulous meal. Sadly, not so much. Laura and I started out with cocktails—she with

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Jersey Restaurants: Chez Catherine in Westfield

This tiny place in Westfield, adjacent to a highway-type franchise hotel, bills itself as “one of the best French restaurants in New Jersey.” That is nonsense. It’s got to be the best French restaurant in New Jersey. And one of the best of any kind. I had lunch here years

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Legendary #wine expert @JamesSuckling says something I've never heard before: "I have been tasting new barrel samples in France’s most famous wine area (#Bordeaux) for 39 years now and I have never encountered something like 2021. Amazing.
https://bit.ly/3welcIR

#ChinaLockdown, a 600% increase in container shipping costs, and even stranded #wine corks are hitting the wine industry hard: https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/supply-chain-bottlenecks-spoiling-napa-valley-wine-country

#Wine luminaries are offering in-person and #online fine and rare wine auctions in regular and large formats, dinner experiences, and winery tours to raise money for for victims of #RussianWarCrimes and @WCKitchen. https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/drinks-industry-ramps-up-efforts-to-raise-money-in-aid-of-ukraine-crisis-479869/

#BoxedWine is increasing in popularity, and ultra-premiums from #Napa are gaining traction with consumers and producers! https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/article/industrynews/rise-of-california-north-coast-ultrapremium-boxed-wine/

Researchers at @dartmouth say they've written an algorithm that writes #wine reviews. They're not bad...but they have to scrape info and keywords from existing "people" reviews. #Software can't taste wine. Not yet, anyway. https://www.foodandwine.com/news/artificial-intelligence-sommelier-writes-wine-beer-reviews

Been there. Love them. Much prefer right-bank wines especially those from #StEmilion. https://twitter.com/jgreco/status/1521131937452249088

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