Walter Massa: The Mad Master of Barbera

Where to start with this one... Walter Massa has been producing wine the hills around Tortona (Colli Tortonesi) in Eastern Piedmont since  1978... ...and I've tasted his '78 Barbera Monleale twice now... ...and if you think Barbera doesn't age, well, then I urge you to pay attention to this one.

Two Absolute Stunners from the Jura

If you see the labels in the above picture, they're probably ringing a bell.  I've offered the red wines from Fabrice Dodane, proprietor of Domaine Saint Pierre, a few times already and, each time, they sold out within a day, and you all gave them some pretty rave reviews.  Today, I'm offering two

Three Great Wines I've Had Recently
(Two Old, One Young)

This is a really fun offer, and not the type that I get to do all that often.  A lot of times, new customers will walk in the door and be surprised to not see many older and/or higher-end wines sitting on my shelves.  The reason for that is quite simple.  Most of the time, when I receive older or

Spanish Styles


Single Malt Scotch


Prog Rock Pinot

(Yes, I know it's 4:25pm on a Friday, but I just had to get this one in front of you.)   Every possible little nuance you can imagine from great Oregon Pinot Noir. That would be my answer if you asked me what today's wine tastes like.  I say that because it was my immediate reaction to tasting the


I've done it this year! I've managed to resist taking my Peyrassol allocations as long as I could so that we don't have the same issue we always have...which is that the wine arrived in April or May and then was gone by early June and the rest of the summer was spent disappointing people as to its

Old...and French...and Cool (and also really Tasty)...

Being that it's 16 years old at this point, I think you can say today's wine is 'old'...or at least 'mature'. It's French, though from a part that's probably not top of mind when you think 'France'.  And in terms of overall feel, I think it's really 'cool'.  And it's definitely tasty.  'It' is t

New Releases from My Favorite (and IMO, the most important) Winemaker

Yes, that's right, I believe Luigi Tecce is the most important winemaker in Italy (and perhaps the world) right now.  Those of you who've been on the list for a few years aren't surprised, but if you have only been reading these for the last year or so, you might just now be lowering your eyebrows.

My Pound-for-Pound Favorite of Elian's Wines

Elian da Ros, the Superstar of the Southwest returns to the shelves today in the form of the wonderful Vignoble d'Elian, which is probably (pound for pound) my favorite red in his lineup.   Oddly enough, it's the one that we have in stock the least frequently.  The Vignoble, in terms of price at l

More Summer Delights from Southern Italy

It's (finally) a Summer day in NYC, so naturally, I have one thing on my mind... ...Southern Italian whites...   Yeah, yeah, I know, I just wrote a newsletter featuring Southern Italian whites, but the fact is remains that, in my opinion, of course, no category offers as much character, versatilit

Icons & Classics

New World or Old, these are classic wines that carry the weight of winemaking history on their shoulders. In each case, these wines come from renowned producers that have helped define the wines from their regions.

Guillaume Gilles Cornas 2015

Allow me to transport you back in time for a a time called 2010.  In the early days of my shop's existence, there was a wine I had on my shelf that I was so excited about, but couldn't give away to anyone but the most adventurous casual fans.   It was a wine that, when I made the recomme

German Chablis

How's that for a splashy subject line?   I suppose it could also be what we'd now refer to as 'clickbait'. And, full disclosure, I'm conflicted in using it because 1) I think (and hope you feel the same) that the wines I select don't need gimmicks to be sold and 2) I've never been too big a fan of

Gahier's Crystalline 2016 Reds

In an article he wrote about the Jura for Punch a few years ago, Jon Bonné said the following - I’ve never quite understood why Gahier’s wines didn’t catch fire the way that Overnoy’s or Puffeney’s did. His reds are a perfect demonstration of that Jurassic ability to offer both depth and weightles

From Italy, With (Some) Age

The theme of today's offer is simple, I suppose.  All three wines are - - from Italy - have some age on them Instead of rambling on at length about each one in separate offers, I thought that rambling on about all of them in one offer was a great idea.  It's a you!  BISCI VE

Fourcas Dupré Delivers Again...this time from 2001...

Twice in the past few months, I offered up shipments of the lovely 2004 Fourcas Dupre as a stellar Bordeaux value from an underappreciated vintage.   Both times, it was a big hit.  Just the other day, though, I was offered a similar lot, at a similar price, of the fabulous (and by fabulous I mean

Forey's 2015s

I'm just going to start this out and say right off the bat that Regis Forey's wines have been favorites of mine for a long time.  Their cool, pure, highly floral style is, for me, one of the more pleasant experiences in the Cote de Nuits.   He's got great 1er Cru holdings in Nuits, Morey and Vosne

Everybody's Favorite Volcanic Wine

You know, The Volcano One...   Do you have that Rosé in the cool bottle? ...that one with the spout?   ...from the island? ...that delicious smoky/spicy one?   You know...the 'volcano' one...?    The 'One', of course, is the Los Bermejos Listan Negro Rosado from the island of Lanzarote in the C

Dolores Cabrera's Stunningly Good Listan Red and Rosado

I can't believe I'm about to say this, but well, before I finish that thought, I will qualify it with a very big 'if', first... 'IF' there were a lot more of these wines available, and not the tiny amount I received (which is almost certain to decrease with each subsequent year as these wines get d

Clos Saron: Beauty in Simplicity

'When I'm in California, nobody knows my name...but I come to NY city and I am a celebrity...people want to take my picture!' So said Gideon Bienstock, proprietor of Clos Saron, right after I asked him to pose for the above picture so that I could use it in this email.  It was a funny comment kind

Cerbaiona 2013: The One

Just a few weeks ago, I cracked the Brunello 2013 floodgates with what I referred to as 'the old standby' (Il Poggione). Today, I'm happy to smash the gates wide open with the one of the most legendary producers in the appellation.  Along with the region's other two immortals - Soldera and Biondi

Austria & Germany


A Stunning 2008 from Coutier

Right about a year ago (last June, to be exact), I wrote a newsletter about this lovely 2008 Brut from Coutier.   We'd gone out to dinner and, of all the items we'd brought along to drink, it was my favorite wine of the night AND it ended up being my favorite Champagne on the shelf for the months t

A Purely Delicious Summer Burgundy

I skip a week of newsletters because of the holiday, and it seems like it's been a month since I've sent one. Regardless, here we are, and today's is a real goodie.   Back in March, we had some of this wine on the shelf and we liked it so much that we 'reco'd' them all out the door before I had a

Another Bordeaux Value from 2004

By now, most of you have either come to know Greg from dealing with him here in the shop or over phone/email and he stays on top of the incoming and outgoing wines.  Greg joined us at the end of last Summer after nearly 30 years in Paris, the last 10+ of which were spent managing a wine shop not al

A Beautiful Little Gevrey

A few years back, I was introduced to the wines of Derey Freres in the form of their fantastic 1er Cru Marsannay Champs Perdrix from the 2010 vintage. It was a delicious glass of proper Burgundian Pinot Noir that punched way above its weight class.   Needless to say, the 15 cases we had on hand wer