The wine journal

Tastings notes, wine stories, and adventures from the road.

What No One Understands About Champagne

First of all: Congratulations to all of you who were able to purchase Italian cases!  We sold out much faster than we expected. Demand was so high, in fact, that we’re already trying to secure a few extra cases of our upcoming French shipment (which will include a...

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The Mysterious Case of the Missing Malbec

Baltimore, MD If you looked closely at the notes we included with your first shipment of small-batch, Argentine wines, then you know that aging your Tacana and Puramun malbecs for another decade could yield remarkable results. High-altitude malbecs, in general, are...

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What a Jordan Insider Told Us

Annapolis, MD “Hopefully she hasn’t read what we’ve written about that buttery Chardonnay,” we thought.  We were talking to Maggie Kruse, new head winemaker for Jordan Winery in California. Don’t worry, we’re not about to sell you a $90 California Cab (though if you...

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A Desert Island With Europe’s Oldest Vines

Annapolis, MD Out in the Atlantic, under a boiling, cloudless oven of a sky, green vines grow on the steep, pitch-black slopes of a sleeping volcano over 12,000 feet high. The vines, some 300 years old, have woven into dense braids to produce grapes with names that...

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How Virginia Won World’s Best Wine

Sperryville, Virginia The air hangs heavy on the front porch of this old Colonial house. White paint flakes off the column to our left. In front of us, off in the distance, the crests and troughs of the Blue Ridge Mountains roll on westward.  For a moment, we...

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Trickery at America’s “Highest Winery”

“Anyone can produce a great wine… But it takes a genius to sell one,” our neighbor, the wine magnate Donald Hess, told us once.  Sometimes the geniuses try a little too hard, as we discovered in Colorado recently. America is not known for its high-altitude wines. Not...

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Your Wine Tasting Video Is Ready

Your Italian wine tasting video with French winemaker Julien Miquel is ready for release. By now, you should have received your shipment of Italian wines. If not, don't worry, they've been shipped and are on their way to you. You’ll discover snapshots of the producers...

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How We Protect Your Wine From the Heat

Annapolis, MD So, we’ve received queries from a few members to the effect of: “It’s the dead of summer… and I live in Texas… I’m afraid that my Italian wines are going to get cooked before they reach me.” That’s a real concern; you’re right to bring that up. There’s...

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I Love Brett

New York, NY “I want it to taste like someone stuffed gym socks in the bottle.” Across the table, C. raised her eyebrows. The sommelier smiled and walked away. “Dear, this is a nice restaurant,” C. began. “They’re not going to have wine that tastes like...” Suddenly,...

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Argentina Awarded Top Wine Spot

Delray Beach, FL Shockwaves rippled through the wine world last week with the release of the annual Top 50 World’s Best Vineyards list.  The top spot – chosen by the “Academy,” a group of 500 sommeliers, wine connoisseurs, and hoteliers – went not to France, Italy, or...

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