• Drink More Pink Bubbles.

      Sometimes you just need a glass of bubbles. Maybe more than sometimes. In the wake of the holidays (Thanksgiving!? Christmas?! New Year’s?!) I like to have an arsenal of happy-making-sparkling wines at the ready. Like this one. The Jousset “Exile” Rose is frothy and fresh and smells like summer. Perfect for an afternoon on a boat on a lake in Montana.

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    • 15 Vintages of #Sassicaia, the Super-est. @republiqueLA @moderntaylor

      I had one of the most incredible food and wine experiences of my life recently, all thanks to Dan Pirelli at the Wine Hotel. Who else would have the ability (or the vision) to put together a vertical tasting AND paired-wine-dinner with 15 vintages of Sassicaia? Nobody else. Never been done before. May never be done again. Lamb Tartare to start, alongside 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983.

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    • Peace, Love & Pizza @OGSgtPepperonis #BYO #NebbioloNight

      I am super proud to be part of the hospitality industry. Supplying Italian wine to restaurants and shops has become an amazingly satisfying career for me- I love our community! Recently we started a monthly “Industry Night” in Orange County, California, where we get together to network, to relax, to get to know each other, and to taste wine.

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  • On Spaghetti Westerns and Brunello. @michaelnemcik

    … Thanks to Michael Young of Palm Bay Imports, I had a chance to enjoy this bottle of Brunello the other night at Union restaurant in Pasadena. (if you haven’t tried this place yet, do yourself a favor and get over there. Seriously.) Col d’ Orcia 1997 Brunello di Montalcino was the perfect wine to compliment Chef Bruce Kalman’s hearty, local…

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  • I say take no thought of the harvest…

    … … but only of proper sowing. (T.S. Eliot) Ripe Prünent grapes waiting for harvest at Cantina Garrone. These powerful words by T.S. Eliot remind us that in these frantic, labor-intensive days of harvest, and through these sleepless nights and anxious moments waiting for the right weather, the right temperature, the exact moment of ripeness…

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  • Kings of the Carso. @winestories

    … Friends of mine are going to the Carso soon. I am ecstatic for them because, even as this is a place I have not yet seen in person, I feel like I know it already. There will be a stiff breeze from the Adriatic and an electric, razor-sharp quality to the sunlight here. There will be lots of wine, cured pork, lovely cheeses. Bright red soil…

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