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Thursday evening, I met Caitlin at Crush, a wine and spirits shop on E. 57th, that was hosting a red Burgundy tasting– four wines from Patrick Bize.  We stepped from the store and into the tasting room/storage space, where a large dour man in grey suit pants paced behind white linened tables, and poured mouthfuls of wine.  Caitlin, who’d arrived ten minutes earlier, had had the displeasure of having her empty glass disregarded in a mix of outstretched arms.  When he finally did pour her a few drops, she tried to engage him in talk–a bait he refused to bite.  The treatment I received didn’t fare much better; as he poured wine into my glass, he said not a word.  Clearly there was something about this guy, in this midtown establishment, that didn’t like our kind. (more…)

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First time we tried Wölffer Estate the skies were bright sky blue and the winery was just closing; two days later, Priya and I dodged rain in Sagaponack, Long Island, at this South Fork winery, open since 1987, and now producing annually over 13,000 cases of wine.  Driving through wire-trained vines, we neared Wölffer’s pale mustard stucco exterior against smoky gray skies, its entrance elevated atop stairs of stone, and adorned with large urns, juniper, and hemlock.  (more…)

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At the onset of spring break, Priya and I drove out to Montauk, for a few days of eternal horizons, crashing waves, and wine.  From the three wineries on Long Island’s South Fork, we chose to visit two (or rather I chose two and Priya offered support), beginning with Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton.  With 50% of their grapes grown on site, and the rest from a handful of vineyards on the North Fork (where land is more affordable in comparison), Channing Daughters offered over twelve wines for tasting, some of which are quite fine. (more…)

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Last night’s wine club meet was a smash–staring Sangiovese and a couple of Super Tuscans.  It was Brian’s first night, and so we were six, but only one of us was tan.  While Kelleigh prepped and cooked a fabulous meal–fuilli with pesto and spring vegetables, and sauteéd swiss chard–we sampled the first bottle, that had been decanted for nearly an hour, Colli di Faenza Sangiovese Col Rontana 2001 ($24). (more…)

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