January 30, 2020

Elio Altare has often been heralded as the father of modern Barolo, and rightfully so. His singular commitment to quality brought a grape that was considered somewhat lowly in the 1980’s to the iconic and age-worthy wine of kings it is known as today. That legacy conti...

January 15, 2020


Much uncertainty looms over the wine world currently as members of the wine industry gather in Washington this week to protest the potential 100% tariff on French sparkling wines. As of October 18, there is already a 25% tariff on all imported European wines and...

August 29, 2019


In the northeast of Italy, only a few kilometers away from the town of Soave, lie the vineyards of Tenuta di Corta Giacobbe. These vineyards are situated upon two extinct volcanos, Calvarina and Colcetta, and the volcanic soils lend a distinct mineral component a...

May 8, 2019

On the topic of Rosé, Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday and I can think of no finer gift

for Mom. The annual release of the highly acclaimed Domaine de la Mordoree Tavel Rosé’s are

due in this Thursday. Gorgeous in their youth and among the most age-worthy in their cate...

April 17, 2019


It’s Easter week and I must admit I am completely unprepared for what will likely be the

throngs of humans taking over my home. Yet, my taxes are done and finished in a relatively

stress-free fashion, so I will take the little victories as I have them. This ema...

December 14, 2018


I’ll keep this short, simple, and easy today in an effort to translate that mentality to my

entire holiday shopping experience this year. Sometimes you want nothing more than for

someone to just tell you WHAT to buy. I’ve attempted to elicit this answer from both m...

December 5, 2018

Good afternoon,

That infamous (almost irritatingly so) Wine Spectator Top 100 list has just been released

in the last couple weeks and the wine world is clamoring to snag as much of these wines and

their correct vintage as they can. Truth be told, many are long gone and m...

April 5, 2018

As the legend goes, Saint Frontonio, a man of great faith, was put to death by the Romans for his beliefs. He was beheaded; the body was buried and the head cast into the River Ebro, as was customary for the times. The people of the nearby town of Épila, presumably goi...

February 1, 2018

Good Afternoon,

I am pleased to announce the arrival of a brand new winery, Lingua Franca, to Ohio in the coming week. Though only in their first vintage, their 2015 Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s are already garnering large amounts of critical acclaim and rightly so. I...

June 13, 2017


When I was summoned to the “luxury wine tasting” last Wednesday, the clouds were billowing and unruly, the wind was blowing angrily, and the sky threatened rain. As I followed the map down an industrial side road filled with construction workers and mechanic shop...

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