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Seghesio Family Vineyards 2011 Barbera

Seghesio Family Vineyards 2011 Barbera


Price: $38

Rating: 14/20

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Apr

"Provence in the City" wine tasting event at Lafayette in New York

“Provence in the City” wine tasting event at Lafayette in New York


Provence in the City

by Michelle Kwan


Crisp, chilled rosé is commonly considered to be a warm weather drink, but that didn’t stop Provençal rosés from coming to New York City early this year. To be precise, they arrived ten days before spring at Lafayette restaurant in NoHo on an overcast Monday in March. This year’s “Provence in the City” tasting and seminar featured more than 60 different wines. Six were paired with four Provençal-influenced courses from Lafayette.

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Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Winemaker's Cuvée Pinot Noir

Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2011 Winemaker’s Cuvée Pinot Noir


Price: $32

Rating: 15.5/20

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Prunotto 2008 Barolo DOCG


Price: $55

Rating: 15/20

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Chamisal Vineyards 2013 Stainless Pinot Noir


Price: $24

Rating: 13.5/20

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Canoe Ridge 2010 Reserve Cherry Street Red Blend


Price: $17

Rating: 14/20

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Lieb Cellars 2013 Bridge Lane Rosé


Price: $18

Rating: 13.5/20

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Soléna 2011 Pinot Noir Domaine Danielle Laurent


Price: $50

Rating: 14.5/20

Region: Willamette Valley (Yamhill-Carlton District), Oregon

Varietal: 100 percent Pinot Noir

Production: 1,200 cases

Alcohol: 13.7 percent

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Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $95

Rating: 16.5/20

Region: Napa Valley (Spring Mountain District), California

Varietals: 95.5 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 3 percent Cabernet Franc & 1.5 percent Petit Verdot

Production: 1,606 cases

Alcohol: 14.1 percent


Tasting Notes: Hal and Fiona Barnett founded their eponymous vineyards in 1983 on the top of Spring Mountain on the west side of Napa Valley. With steeply sloped vineyards and an altitude of 2,000 feet, the region produces distinctive mountain wines. First released in 2006 and now aged nicely, the 2003 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon boasts incredible balance Continue reading “Barnett Vineyards 2003 Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon – Wine of the Week Review” »



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Feb

The Fifty Great Portuguese Wines Tasting

The Fifty Great Portuguese Wines Tasting at the New York Public Library


A Tour of Portugal’s Wine Regions

by Michelle Kwan


Portugal, surrounded by its venerable neighbors of wine making, has long been overshadowed by France and Spain when it comes to the ubiquity and prominence of its wines. Even paella and tapas (or petisco as it is known in Portugal) was until recently thought of as primarily a Spanish tradition with a Spanish heritage. But like Portuguese cuisine, Portuguese wines have a distinct character and quality that is worthy of discovery. Moreover, as the Fifty Great Portuguese Wines Tasting held at the New York Public Library recently demonstrated, there is no better complement to Portuguese fare than Portuguese wines. The diversity of flavors in its 250 grape varietals also make them good candidates for pairing with other cuisines; an array of cheeses, tapas and fruits at the tasting paired well with the vinho verdes, whites and reds on offer.

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