The word ‘balance’ comes up frequently in wine discussion. ‘This wine is well balanced’ is a pointer towards a high-quality wine, while ‘this wine is too oaky/sweet/acidic/alcoholic’ means a wine is unbalanced and usually (in the opinion of the taster) mediocre. The use of ‘balance has at times led to some controversy; In Pursuit of … More Balance in Food and Wine
A few days ago, I had the opportunity to taste a few of the wines of Billecart-Salmon. Although one of the smaller great Champagne houses (Grande Marques), they are also one of the oldest. Founded in 1818, they are the oldest Champagne house to still be under family ownership as opposed to being part of … More Billecart-Salmon Champagne
For someone who is serious about wine, I’m pretty young. I only started seriously exploring wine a year ago when I walked into Sherry Lehmann the day after I turned 21 and was handed a glass of Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque 2006. And yet when I look back at the wines that I’ve tasted and … More A Golden Age for Wine Drinking?
December has always been one of my favorite months. My birthday, Christmas, and New Years all coming within a few weeks of each other has usually meant a month of nearly nonstop fun, festivities, and drinks. To add to this fun, festive cheer, most of the best wine stores in NYC are holding free tasting … More A Guide to Holiday Winetastings in NYC