Most people look to food, art & architecture for insight into a culture when they travel.  I also like to get out into the suburbs to see how the middle class live and possibly pop into a shopping center or mall.  In France, LeClerc is a lot of fun–a Home Depot and Walmart Superstore rolled […]

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On the left bank, the chateaux are big, the vineyards are big and the wines are big.  On the right bank, many properties, especially in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, are darn-near Burgundian in comparison, eg 10-20 hectare vs 100.  If I had to pick just one spot in Bordeaux to visit, I would vote for charming […]

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There are pros & cons to any travel destination.  With left bank Bordeaux, it is hellish city traffic and great distances to cover between towns in the Medoc and perhaps a little rain–this is France, after all.  However, the majesty of the great chateau and beauty of the vineyards  more than rewarded the early a.m. […]

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It was an epic blur.  The 16th annual Nantucket Wine Festival began on Wednesday, May 16 with a Veuve Clicquot champagne reception on the deck of the White Elephant hotel on Nantucket Harbor, and persisted day and evening through the Grand tasting on Sunday afternoon.  As wonderful as the festival is each year, it is […]

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currentVintage was featured in two articles in Nantucket’s Inquirer & Mirror this week (05/17/12 Nantucket Wine Festival issue). Under the heading “Celebrating the Fruit of the Vine”,  one article was an interview by Assistant Editor Josh Balling on how to host a stellar wine tasting at home.  The second was an article by food & […]

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In October 2011, I was invited to Champagne by Veuve Clicquot, along with 3 champagne-o-phile friends from Nantucket.  As I mentioned in my previous post, we did not waste a minute from the moment our chauffered car arrived…Day 1 was sightseeing and tastings with grower champagnes Pierre Peters and Rene Geoffroy;  Day 2 was a […]

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In October, I flew overnight to France, where I met up with 3 champagne-savvy friends from Nantucket and off we sped to the city of Reims for an epic Champagne adventure…We dropped our bags at Hotel du la Paix and Carlos, our driver, delivered us to La Banque in Epernay, for a bit of sustenance […]

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First quarter 2012 has been off to an epic eating, drinking and traveling start…Nantucket, Napa, Sonoma, San Francisco, Carmel, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica/LA, NYC, Boston, Charlotte & Beyond! Here are few snaps of some of my favorite currentVintage experiences YTD…Actually, this was just January! Salut et Bon Appetit!

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ANYTHING ON THE WINE LABEL IS FAIR GAME… As a sommelier, I do a lot of wait staff wine training.  Many people think that this means we drink all afternoon, but in reality, there is a good amount of discussion with an open forum question/answer period .  One of the many things that I stress […]

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Is that a 2X4 that I smell in my glass? Wine tasting notes will often refer to wines as being oaky, but what exactly does that mean?  The use of oak in winemaking can play an important role in the final product in several different ways. First of all, you must consider the source of […]

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