Where to Buy Great Older Wines

Where to Buy Great Older Wines

In a separate post, I wrote before about buying your wines aged and ready to drink rather than heading to your local retailer and buying some “fresh” stuff.  There are several online retailers that specialize in these older gems which have a great selection of...
A Brief Tour of Italian Wines

A Brief Tour of Italian Wines

We can thank the Romans for bringing the art of growing grapes and making wine to all of the areas they conquered over the centuries. But the homeland of the empire, Italy, has been making delicious wines for thousands of years. That means they know what they are...
Why You Need to Trust Your Sommelier

Why You Need to Trust Your Sommelier

Every restaurant tries to strike a balance between offering an impressive and encyclopedic wine list with one that its customers can pick a selection from with relative ease. But the kinds of restaurants we typically wine-and-dine clients at usually fall at the phone...

Never Buy Fresh Wine Again

There’s a famous line from the movie “The Jerk” where Steve Martin finishes a bottle of 1966 Chateau Latour Bordeaux the waiter asks if he would like another. Martin says no, he’d like to splurge and get some fresh stuff – “no older than this year.” While we laugh at...
How to Bring a Bottle of Wine to a Restaurant

How to Bring a Bottle of Wine to a Restaurant

We all have a few favorite restaurants that deliver amazing service, great food and … an uninspiring wine list. Fortunately, there is an alternative to forcing yourself to drink something you don’t want: it’s an ideal time to bring that special bottle of wine, or two,...