Restrained but glorious flora, service staff whispers, John Ragan’s selections, the Daniel Humm aura, soaring ceilings, Madison Park fauna, a team-in-motion “whoosh”, and Will Guidara sets the Eleven Madison Park tone. Like explorers’ in the deep rain forest, your senses are pumped with addictive tonic to lure you back; again and again. Returning recently after a regretfully long hiatus, I anticipated another evening of wine and food wizadry with my colleague who […]
Castle Rock Rocks
There is so much value built into the wine market today that with careful picking you could pass a few months drinking a different high quality, inexpensive wine every night and never get bored. In the midst of a value wine streak of my own, I found it worthwhile pausing on the Castle Rock 2007 California Cuvee Pinot Noir ($10-$13). The […]
Popping the Question at Zaytinya in Washington, DC
Like a switch triggered by the passing of a restaurant wine list, my gears go into swift motion, “What’s the right budget for our group, even though I am hosting? Was this the vintage I had tried? Where’s the value on this list? The cheapest wine is $50 and it is insipid swill. There are so many […]
Hello Facebook Goodbye Mailing List?
Many limited production wineries use “the mailing list” as a marketing and loyalty program tool. I have watched with interest as wine drinkers sign up, remain on mailing lists, and continue to buy the wine in fear of lifetime banishment for passing up even one vintage’s allocation. Could that finally change? There are three good reasons to hang in with a winery’s […]
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