Wild at Heart

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
As we move purposefully through our overly scheduled, technologically advanced lives, we probably all still think of ourselves — in our darker, more-secret moments at least — as wild at heart. The same is true of wine grapes. Vast, picturesque vineyards might be planted in well-tended rows, but precious few of those grapes owe their existence to human ingenuity.  

Gambling on Gravner

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We recently ate at San Marco, a Mario Batali restaurant at the Venetian Las Vegas. The food was good and the service wonderful but the real star was the encyclopedic wine list assembled under the direction of Joe Bastianich, Mario’s business partner and wine director of their dining empire.  

Everything Old Is New Again

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Angelo Mariani was a Corsican chemist who, like many Victorian-era entrepreneurs, was fascinated by the potential physical (and economic!) effects of a peculiar New World plant called Coca. In the 1860s, he blended red Bordeaux wine with coca leaves — and a legend was born. Now, as I understand it, ingesting cocaine produces two main metabolizing compounds, neither of which has any extreme physical or psychological effect.   

Better with Age

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I'm often asked whether a particular bottle will "improve" with age. Of course, all wines change with time: Tannins resolve (or soften) while primary fruit characteristics fade, allowing subtle, complex attributes to show. Whether this evolution results in a "better" wine is largely a matter of personal taste.  

Another Seven Days of Alcoholic Disputes and Voter Resolutions

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
John McCain today did his best to try to halt Barack Obama's increasing momentum, arguing during the final presidential debate that the liberal senator will raise taxes, spread everyone's money...  

Don't Want to Die Before I Get Old

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The very knowledgeable Evelyn Ignatow, certified sommelier and owner of Hyde Park Gourmet, recently invited me along as she assessed the value of an estate wine collection. Behind some creaky doors, we finally located an astonishing stash of old wine.