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 […]
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 […]
Jimmy Metta studied business and Italian at the European Business School in London and graduated trying his hand at importing consumer electronics from China relying on a word of mouth distribution channel. He had no experience with wine and certainly no affinity for Bordeaux first growths when he serendipitously purchased a magnum of ’61 Petrus for […]
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 […]
Robert Parker and his Wine Advocate have shaped wine markets and consumer behavior more than any other contemporary critical influence. The newsletter continues to fulfill its role as the most useful independent review source available. During the early years as the Wine Advocate cemented that position, Parker did all the tasting. Now, Parker relies on a wider network of regular contributors. The publication navigates a love/hate relationship with buyers […]
Our group of six moved purposely into Sportello a couple of nights ago, Barbara Lynch’s latest addition to her standout group of Boston eateries. Hosting dinner at Sportello for out of town guests on my first visit felt safe. I knew the space was invented to provide superior service and included twists (our New England […]
There are better and harder to find Chianti and sangiovese in the market, but a wine this good in most years from a large program like the Antinori’s is my kind of “go to” wine.