The Art of Wine at Hess

April 10, 2018

There are few wineries that so intimately demonstrate the notion of wine making as art than the Hess Collection.

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Revisiting Argentina

January 15, 2018

A look at some recent releases from Argentina.

The first Argentinian vineyards were planted in the mid 1500s by Spanish conquistadors. Winemaking became increasingly popular in Argentina over the ensuing centuries but the quality didn’t keep up with the quantity.  The 1990s saw a dramatic improvement in their wines and now Argentina is now among the world’s leading wine exporting countries.

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Best Whiskey of 2017

December 28, 2017

The Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend is Grapelines 2017 Whiskey of the Year.

It has been fascinating to observe the whiskey renaissance. It wasn’t too long ago that Scottish distilleries were being shuttered and bourbon was disdained.  Single malt Scotch led the rebirth followed somewhat later by a renewal of bourbon appreciation. There are those that credit this resurgence to clever marketing, the proliferation of craft distilleries and other external factors. But fundamentally, the liquor has to first taste good to gain any market share.

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Orange Is Not The New Rosé

July 31, 2017

Orange wines have become conspicuously less visible on wine-lists and retailer shelves over the past several months. These darlings of the uber-sommelier set were extolled as the “next big thing” in dozens of articles while being predicted to supplant rosés as well as deserving of their own chapter in wine encyclopedias.  But now they seem to be vanishing. Frankly, it’s not surprising.

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Summer Wine Adventures

June 9, 2017

Some 2017 Summer Wine Suggestions.

Beyond the Memorial Day barbecues are several months of warmer weather that call for a different wine drinking strategy. Cellar those big Cabernets and move to a lighter style with bright fruit and crisp acidity for balance that will work well with the typical summer foods and as a sipper to enjoy on the deck with friends. These wines are to enjoy right away and their reasonable price points allow for a bit of adventure without a huge financial risk.

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Award Winning Cedar Ridge Distillery

May 26, 2017

It is not particularly remarkable that a state with 90 % of its land devoted to farming would have a portion of its agriculture end up in distillation columns. What is a bit surprising is that the state that produces the most corn in the US didn’t get it’s first distillery since Prohibition until 12 years ago.

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Magical Wine Drinking

November 14, 2016

Does the glassware make a difference or is it wishful thinking?

All good magic tricks occur in the mind. Like watching Penn catch a bullet in his mouth shot from a pistol Teller is holding on the other side of the stage. Rationally you know that it cannot be true, yet there is still a part of you that wants to believe that it really happened.

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A Toast To Chef Paul

February 8, 2016

Paul Prudhomme

Chef Paul Prudhomme was among the first American cooks to embrace their food heritage.

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Taste When You Can

January 28, 2016

Review of Hagafen Estate Syrah 2012 and the Hudson Four Grain Bourbon by Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery.

One of the big pleasures of booze tourism is to be found in the tasting room. A recent article by Lettie Teague of The Wall Street Journal, one of many wine columns we read and enjoy regularly, reminds us of some of the behind-the-scenes activity that goes into making a winery’s tasting room a successful and enjoyable experience.

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