Archive for April, 2008

I was checking out Decanter.com to follow up on my favorite wine story of the week — wine impressario Bruno Magrez trying to bribe journalists with free Cartier watches — when I stumbled across this much, much juicier piece of news. Apparently Acker Merrall & Condit, a former employer of mine for a very brief […]


Check out Lenn’s site for my latest posting on our recent European grab bag tasting.  I’ve lived more or less across the street from Zap Wines for almost three years but only walked in for the first time a few weeks ago. It never seemed that promising. (See here for yourself.) But damned if it isn’t […]


One of the unexpected consequences of tasting a few dozen wines a week is that my preferences are changing. Up until now, I’ve been a fan of what I like to think of  as Wines to Drink with Grilled Leg of Lamb. Dark, high-alcohol, ripe fruit, rustic, with big ol’ tannins. Zinfandel, Primitivo, New World […]


Wine Dressage

01Apr08

So it came to me on Tuesday night as I was chewing on a mouthful of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and trying to decide if I could call the tannins both “firm” and “drying”: the Diploma is to wine what dressage is to horseback riding – arcane, academic and interesting to an extremely small, and […]


OK, I admit it. I’ve been feeling a little smug lately. Maybe it was the fact that I did pretty well on my study group’s blind tasting exercise. Or that I devoted a good part of my President’s Day to researching the slopes and soils of Burgundy. Or perhaps it’s just that many of the […]


So in honor of the fact that 1)it’s Opening Day and 2)I’ve had several people ask me what the deal is with Winemutt, I’m going to deal with myself and start posting again. In part I’ll be putting up posts from Lenn’s site, where I post more or less weekly, and adding some “original content” […]