Gleanings: 9-14-14

I’m behind on everything, including passing along nuggets from my experiences at home and on the road. Some recent notes, quotes and anecdotes:  •During a wine-soaked afternoon, we were yacking about Gerald Asher (left), and my friend Larry recounted a dinner with one of my favorite wine writers that included a great assessment (non-vinous). Turns out Asher is […]

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Wines of the Week: Sept. 8-14

Everyday: Sometimes torrontes can be too floral and ripe for its own good, or at least for my good. Not so the 2011 Alberti 154 Salta La Rioja Torrontes ($13), which pulls back just enough on the aromatics and sweetness and nails the juicy/soft part, plus that whole delicious thing. It’s also for surprising length for Argentina’s […]

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A certain ‘je ne sais quoi’

“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russell (left) Wise words, these, and I recognize their wisdom more and more as I age. The phrase I have adopted is “Certitude is the enemy.” And it applies to much […]

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Wines of the Week: Sept. 1-7

Everyday: It’s often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. For example: looking for a truly great domestic pinot noir for under $20. I guess, then, that the 2011 Paro Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($19) must be the proverbial exception that proves the rule. There’s lovely red […]

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Wines of the Week: Aug. 25-31

Everyday: Gascony is best known as the home of “The Three Musketeers,” but at my house it’s also regarded as a fantastic place to find wine bargains, especially on the white side. Made with the colombard and ugni blanc grapes that are part and parcel of Cognac and Armagnac, the 2013 Domaine de Pouy Côtes […]

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Wine wisdom hits home

Wine wisdom comes from many places, including these shores. Some of my favorite quotes from U.S. vintners: • “Some wine flavors are like an amoeba.  A perfect wine would be a circle, i.e. in balance.” — Warren Winiarski (left), Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars • “Wine is food in Europe. Hardly an evening (and in some places, a daytime) […]

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Linkin’ logs: 9-3-14

In today’s lessons at Linkin’ Memorial High, we hit the heights. And the Hamptons: • We know that wine can make us high, but we’re still learning about how high wine can be made. A new vineyard at the highest elevation to date will tell us more. • We also know that wine has been around a long […]

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