Is there a better grape than Riesling? Is there a better value? Its fruit purity, its perfume, and its mineral nuance are all unparalleled. And for centuries, the top German Rieslings were priced accordingly: at least as expensive as the top red wines of Bordeaux and Burgundy. But nowadays you could spend a lifetime exploring Germany’s great Riesling-producing regions while staying well within your budget. You might take an occasional break to try Germany’s other white grapes or perhaps a glass of Spätburgunder (the local name for Pinot Noir). It’s time to get started!
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Julian Haart, Riesling J.J. Kabinett, 2020
This Kabinett is known as “J.J.” – not (necessarily) an homage to J.J. Prum but to Julian’s son and many of his ancestors, all of whom are called “Johan Josef”. This is 100% Grand Cru Goldtropfchen, made in the traditional German prädikat style: “fruity” as the Germans like to say, while we would more likely say “off dry”. Julian Haart is a genius wine-maker. He learned to make wines from the very best: Egon Müller and Klaus Peter Keller. He remains best friends with Keller and would no doubt be happy to be thought of as the Klaus Peter Keller of the Mosel. Certainly some people already think of him that way. His approach is extreme rigor: constantly tweaking, constantly experimenting, both among the vines and in the winery.
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This single vineyard expression of Pinot Meunier belies the variety’s reputation as a second tier grape in the Champagne hierarchy. Fine richness and salted plum on the attack, with a long, expansive finish there is a fine core of mineral zang that should become more articulate as the fruit knits with the underlying structure. Fine stuff and worth the tariff. Organic viticulture and all that good stuff contribute to the coiled energy here.
La Gritona tequila and I are a match made in heaven. Since my wife’s boss gave to me for Christmas I haven’t stopped drinking it. Love the flavor and sippability.
Our circle of friends are mostly red wine drinkers, but we do love a good rose on a warm summers day. When we do drink rose, we are partial to southern France and more accurately, the Bandol region. We had the opportunity recently to have a Domaine de Terrebrune, Bandol Rose, 2015. It may be the best Bandol Rose we have ever tasted, making it the best of the best! We immediately went back and purchased a case from Flatiron wines, our go to wine store. We are now ready for the warm weather!
This wine is spectacular. By far the best Chablis that I have ever consumed!!
A refreshing take on a classic equation of brioche, green apple, strawberry and bubbles this was an enjoyable drink, indeed
As noted, this Chablis is truly outstanding.
Sorry, I have not tried the wine yet. It is resting comfortably in my cellar.
I have shared this Amaro with bartenders and craft cocktail creators, it's so darn delicious. Based on a medicinal tonic from the 1700 and crafted at a New York distillery, 36 various roots, herbs, spices, and raw honey all blend together to form a stunning spirit that is lighter and sweeter than some Italian counterparts. Marseille is delicious alone, with soda, on the rocks, or accompanied by brown or clear spirits, and elevates the liquor you pair it with. I simply adore it in a Black Manhattan, as a 2:1 with rye whisky and a Peninsula cherry, but I have also created stunning cocktails with Marseille and either gin or tequila. Lastly, try replacing Benedictine with Marseille in a Vieux Carré- WOW! Let's keep it quiet, and not tell everyone, ok?
What a find. Beautiful burgundy with elegance and enough body. As good as many Village wines.
Cantina del Pino, Barbera D'Alba, 2020
Red fruit on the nose; blackberry and cherry rest on palate, nice with food.
Most enjoyable; cherry, very modest tanins, and smooth especially with a wine so young. A great weeknight wine; we enjoyed it with chicken breasts and baked potatoes. Will definitely buy more.