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NYC wine power list #4: Daniel Johnnes

Date: Tue, Mar 26, 2013

Daniel Johnnes is the fourth most influential person in wine in New York City according to our survey of industry elites. Johnnes, who has been aptly called the dean of NYC sommeliers, wears many hats. He made a name for himself at Drew Nieporent’s Montrachet in the 1980s and 1990s, building it into a not [...]

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NYC wine power list #5: Joe Dressner

Date: Mon, Mar 25, 2013

According to our survey of industry elites, polling for the fifth most influential person in NYC wine today was extremely close. But the award goes to Joe Dressner, the pioneering importer who died in 2011 after a battle with cancer whose influence continues to be felt. Dressner started importing wine over twenty years ago. He [...]

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The five most influential people in NYC wine

Date: Fri, Mar 22, 2013

New York City is the best wine city on the planet. The shops are amazing–if you want a wine, it’s almost always possible to find it. The sommeliers are in the vanguard of the sparkling young sommeliers across the country, creating long wine lists and short lists, all-American lists and all-Spanish ones and everything in [...]

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Parker sues Galloni

Date: Thu, Mar 21, 2013

Yesterday, Robert Parker posted to his site that the Wine Advocate is suing their former critic Antonio Galloni. They charge him with misappropriation of confidential information, defamation and fraud among other things. Courthouse News has a summary and Jeff Leve has published the full text of the complait to his site. At the crux of [...]

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Confronting climate change in Germany – four views

Date: Wed, Mar 20, 2013

Thomas Haag of Schloss-Lieser, Andreas Adam of A.J. Adam, and Dorothee Zilliken of Zilliken. Confronting a warming climate was one of the main topics at a panel discussion at the recent Rieslingfeier. Historically, Germany has been at the northern limits of wine production where the grapes struggled for ripeness. Now, warmer vintages are becoming more [...]

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A flight of sommeliers, Tang auction, Bordeaux laxative – sipped and spit

Date: Mon, Mar 18, 2013

SIPPED: Sleuthing and spring cleaning Don Cornwell raised questions about the authenticity of some lots at auction in Hong Kong including a 1971 Methuselah of DRC La Tache, which was withdrawn from the sale. The wines were from the collection of Henry Tang whose bid to become Hong Kong chief executive was derailed by a [...]

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Jim Barrett and the Irish Order of the Wine Geese

Date: Fri, Mar 15, 2013

Jim Barrett, who purchased Chateau Montelena in Napa Valley in 1972, died yesterday at the age of 86 (see bio). Chateau Montelena burst on to the international stage just a few years after Barrett purchased the property when its chardonnay outpaced other whites to win the Paris Tasting of 1976. This was captured (with a [...]

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A few NYC wine happenings

Date: Thu, Mar 14, 2013

Even with the March weather here oscillating furiously between lion and lamb, it’s nonstop for wine events. Here are a few worth flagging. Chambers St Wines holds an annual tasting of Louis/Dressner wines to benefit Partners in Health. March 16; reservations required. Mike Steinberger will lead a conversation with Jancis Robinson about her new book, [...]

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White Smoke – great name for a communion wine

Date: Thu, Mar 14, 2013

In the inaugural year of a papacy, at least! And it sure beats Fumé blanc… And as it came up over on the Twitter: “Pope Francis is only the second most famous Argentinian to know the hand of God.” “Mysterious Customer Orders 115 Bottles Of Wine To Be Sent To Vatican City” [losangeles.cbslocal.com] “Vatican Calls [...]

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Pepe Raventos on leaving Cava and making the new Conca

Date: Wed, Mar 13, 2013

While he was pouring bubbly at the spring tasting of his his NY distributor (Skurnik), I spoke with Pepe Raventos of Raventos i Blanc. Late last year, Raventos announced that they had decided to withdraw from the Cava D.O. and will file for a new D.O. Conca del Riu Anoia. I asked him why. Pepe [...]

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La Paulée grand tasting

Date: Mon, Mar 11, 2013

On Saturday, the Grand Tasting at La Paulée de New York brought hundreds of consumers and 35 domaines from Burgundy together under one roof. There were only three brief hours to savor the event and since I arrived an hour late, my task made even more difficult–a difficulty that I would gladly shoulder any Saturday, [...]

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Benjamin Leroux, Auxey-Duresses, 2010

Date: Fri, Mar 8, 2013

In honor of La Paulée de NYC happening this week, the wine pick this week is from, well, Burgundy. No, this isn’t a Bonnes Mares or a Chambertin, images of which have have been overtaking twitter feeds the past few days. In the language of a panel from La Paulée a few days ago, this [...]

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Kobe Bryant, aka Vino

Date: Wed, Mar 6, 2013

Kobe Bryant recently tweeted that he loves his new nickname: vino. Is the 34-year-old Lakers star insinuating he gets better with age? Apparently. But the Bleacher Report suggests convincingly that he’s not getting better with age, just getting better at managing his age-related limitations. Either way, he’s only about two to three years away from [...]

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TSA gives corkscrews a wheels up

Date: Wed, Mar 6, 2013

The TSA, in its infinite wisdom, has deemed corkscrews safe to bring on planes again. And knives! (Blades must be under 6 cm.) And whiffle ball bats, hockey sticks, golf clubs, and other items that will be fun to see jostling for space in the overhead bins. But the big question for wine geeks is: [...]

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