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Dry Rieslings

by SANDY BLOCK, MW IT’S A NEVER CEASING SOURCE of amazement how marginalized Riesling remains in the market.  Restaurants and stores featuring dramatically lesser quality white grapes continue to underrepresent Riesling.  Why? The most common answer is that it’s perceived as being too sweet.  Each year though, as more Sauvignon...
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VIEUX CARRÉ COCKTAIL

ENDANGERED COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH by PINK LADY IN THE WINTER MONTHS, we enjoy hunkering by the fire (or any source of warmth really) with a strong, spirit-forward cocktail.  There’s nothing quite like the velvety texture of a properly stirred (not shaken!) aperitif drink, and this is even more true...
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BEDELL CELLARS of NORTH FORK

by HARVEY FINKEL THE NORTH FORK of New York’s Long Island juts out into the Atlantic Ocean less than 7O miles from southeastern Massachusetts, as the seabird flies or marine critter swims, somewhat farther via the ferry from New London or the long eastward-leaning reversed J drive.  But the climate...
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AN ARRAY of SEASONAL BREWS for the WINTER MONTHS

by ANDY CROUCH THE AMERICAN CRAFT BEER scene is nothing if not subject to constant change.  Consumers, driven by experience- hungry millennials, constantly want the new, the untried, the next great beer.  Many are often content to experience a beer only once before moving on to the next pint, can,...
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WINE DRINKERS with COLORECTAL CANCER LIVE LONGER

by HARVEY FINKEL, MD THE RISKS AND BENEFITS of alcohol consumption vis-à-vis cancer remain murky, confusing, and conflicted.  We all can agree that heavy drinking is unhealthy, and most believe the great weight of scientific evidence developed during the last 3O years strongly suggesting light or moderate drinking is healthful,...
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COOL CLIMATE CHARDONNAYS, CHABLIS and the WILLAMETTE VALLEY

by SANDY BLOCK, MW IT’S NO SECRET that Chardonnay’s growth has stalled and that it’s perceived as losing ground in the market, particularly among younger consumers who profess a preference for Sauvignon Blanc.  Chardonnay, however, is anything but monolithic.  Handled properly it shows subtle differences in soil, climate, weather, and...
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STOCK this STUFF

by KIRSTEN AMANN Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the holidays are here, which means the busiest few weeks of the year are upon us.  We’ve searched far and wide to create this tidy list of gifts items that will appeal to the time-crunched shoppers streaming into your store.  From serious...
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MARQUÉS DE VARGAS

by HARVEY FINKEL PELAYO DE LA MATA, the 13th Marqués de Vargas, wears three vinous hats, heading wine estates in three distinct traditional regions of Spain, each producing notable estate-grown wines in modern wineries.  The three-headed marqués, a youthful and active 71, enlivened my day with a recent visit, bearing...
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THE JAPANESE COCKTAIL

by PINK LADY AS THE COOL WINTER months set in, our thoughts inevitably turn to darker spirits.  Who can resist a little barrel-aged something when hunkering down in front of the fireplace?  The snow may not arrive in full force until January, but as the leaves make their final turn...
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