You Say Rosé, I Say Rosato

Ok, so I actually say both and you may very well do the same but as pink wine extends its unrelenting run of summer wine dominance into a now second decade, I am increasingly feeling compelled to distinguish between the catch-all French designation 'rosé' and its lesser-used Italian and Spanish ver

Why You Should Age Rosé...Well, This One for Sure...

Emily and I had dinner last Saturday at our friend's place and I'd been tasked with most of the cooking (the proteins) and, naturally, brought a few wines along as well - two of which were both 'last year' Rosés.  The first was the Le Clos Peyrassol, Commanderie's top-tier pinky.  That was so lovel

White Burgundy Dreams in Summer: Domaine Corsin and Domain Rollin

Ah, summer in France. Warm sunshine, picturesque beaches, outdoor markets teeming with fresh produce, lazy afternoons on the café terrace, four weeks of vacation, salade Niçoise, roast Provençal chicken and of course, delicious wine. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? I personally will not be making it

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.

Vintage Italian

Our current selection of Italian wines with some age on them.   ALL PRICES ARE PER BOTTLE Umbria Paolo Bea Montefalco Sagrantino Vigneto Pagliaro 2012 $91 Paolo Bea Umbria Bianco Arboreus 2012 $64 1 x Paolo Bea Montefalco Sagrantino Vigneto Pagliaro 2012 1.5L $240 Piedmont Cantalupo Ghemme Collis

Vajra's Langhe Riesling is the White You Didn't Know You Absolutely Ne

Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of being invited to the La Festa del Barolo Gala Dinner by Giuseppe Vajra and his American Sales Manager, Kevin.  This is the dinner where every producer in attendance hosts a table where attendees get to interact with the producer and each other, but also brin

Two Gorgeous Sets of Italian Island Wine

FIRST, A REMINDER THAT WE'RE TASTING BOTH OF THESE SETS OF WINES HERE AT MCF TOMORROW (Wed, 6/19) from 5-7pm.   Now for the good stuff...because this stuff is good... Even though it's not my usual format, I'm sending a 'dual' offer today, so apologies for the length.  It's a 'dual' offer in the f

Two Delicate Favorites Return

It's a bright April Saturday.  As I sit at my desk, the brisk, fresh air gently breezes in my window.  For the last two weeks, I've been hearing birds, loudly and clearly, all day long - the same bird calls I used to hear as a kid in NJ.    Despite the horrible situation I know the people down the

Two Deals on Two Great American Pinots

There are a lot of things that we associate July and August with - warm weather, light, fresh foods, lazy Summer days - but one of the best aspects of the dog days are wine deals!  I mean, at least that's what I say...   There are so many things that make Pinot Noir so special, not the least of whi

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 New Gems from Mimi at Hope Well

Mimi Casteel's Hope Well winery has been among one of the many tiny-production wineries from Oregon that we love here at MCF.  I first wrote about her back in September, and you go to the website to read that one, if you want to know more.    I dig what Mimi has going on so many levels.  She grew u

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

The Spectrum of Chénas

On Friday, I attended a lunch with Paul-Henri Thillardon at Momofuku Ssam that was organized by Thillardon's importer, MFW.  Aside from the excitement of knowing that I'd be drinking delicious Beaujolais while stuffing myself with Momo duck, I was also really excited because this would be the first

There's So Much Good Wine to Be Had...

If you told me that supplier after supplier would be sending me the kinds of lists of availability that I've seen this past week for wines that I normally get in, well...waaaaay lower numbers, I'd have probably told you that the world must be upside down. Well, in case any of you haven't noticed, t

The Legendarily Electric Wines of Hofgut Falkenstein

I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Italy that also included a few visits in France and Germany at the tail end.  Over the next few weeks I hope to highlight each of the winemakers we visited.    Everyone we met with is doing absolutely extraordinary things right now and I intend to do my best

The Jewels of Spain (Four of Them)

FIRST OFF : We will be tasting these wines in-store tomorrow (WED) from 5-7pm. (If there are any left) There is just so much great, micro-production wine on the market right now., so many tiny operations working with such care producing wines of such singular beauty that it's a great time to be a w

The Great Big 2016 Barbaresco Blast: Part One, At Least...

I know I've been ranting about the off beat vintages lately, and about how avoiding the 'non-benchmark' vintages means that you're missing out on a whole lot of unique character - especially in a place like Piedmont, specifically with Nebbiolo, a grape that is endowed with so much longevity, that ev

The Big Three, Part Two: Peyrassol

MCF Rare Wine It's trying to become Spring here in NY.  One of these days we'll get there, and perhaps buying a bunch of yummy pink wine from one of the most iconic Provençal estates that we sell will 'will' it into existence.  Whether or not that works is of little consequence I suppose, because

The Best $15 You Can Spend Right Now

I offered today's wine in a 'mixed case' newsletter a few months ago (as I've done a few times), but I've had it quite a few times recently, and have been so happy (and so have many of you), that I thought I needed to give it the undivided attention it absolutely deserves.   So, I talk a lot about

That Pinot was Great...but Where's it From Again?

I'll admit that this one might be more for you non-locals on the list, because most of you who walk in the door have probably already been turned on to the beauty of Pascal Henriot's Coteaux de Champlitte Rouge 2017 from the Franche-Comté department in France.  Whose what from where?    Yeah, you'

Teutonic Wine Company: I Can't Believe How Long It's Been...

Since the early days of the existence of MCF, Barnaby Tuttle's wines from his Teutonic Wine Co have been some of my hands-down favorites.   And for some reason (well, there are a few, but whatever...I blame myself), it's been an unforgivably long time since I've written up an offer for them.  Like

Sunday Special - La del Vivo 2017 is (still) the Perfect Wine for Now

In what I am pretty sure is the first instance of me plugging the same wine from the same vintage THREE times, today's offer is for a great deal on a wine that has continued to impress me over and over and, since it's now officially August, aka the Dog Days, the deals are really beginning to bubble

Sunday Evening Special (Club) from Marc Hebrart

I know, the dog days of August are perhaps an odd time to be promoting a higher-end Champagne, but, then again, it's really hot out here in NYC, and, this very special 'Special Club' bottling from the fantastic grower Marc Hebrart is as refreshing a glass of anything that I've had recently.  For th

Summer Rosés

I'll be short with this one (or something like that). There are three Provençal rosés (The Big Three) that are far and away the most anticipated of every passing year - Chateau Peyrassol, Chateau Pradeaux and today's (which tends to go the fastest), Domaine du Bagnol's Cassis Rosé.  The first drop

Summer Reds from Oregon

I've been getting lots of requests for 'Summery' reds - you know, light, bright, fresh, chillable, etc. - and I've been filling many of these from a bunch of really cool, tiny production wines from Oregon.   And given how many 'can I get a more of that?' responses I've been getting, I thought it wis

Something Mineral: Raventos' Mas del Serral and Three Fantastic 2008 C

Back in October, when Pepe Raventos was in house to debut the 2009 Mas del Serral, he'd been of the mindset that it still needed a bit more time in bottle to come into its own.  He'd planned on waiting until Jan or Feb to release it.   However, all of you who attended expressed such enthusiasm for

Six Summer Selections

So, if you're like me, you can't believe it's June 27th...just a week away from the 4th. And if you're like me, all you're probably thinking about is a) what you're going to cook over the weekend and b) what you're going to have on hand to drink with whatever that is.   So I thought of these, and

Single Malt Scotch


Simply Etna: Girolamo Russo's Etna Rossi

I went to dinner at Roberta's the other week with my friend Ray - he knows everyone there, so we get a table right away and get to BYO...yeah, it's pretty sweet.  I'd grabbed my last bottle of 1999 Lisini Brunello from that wonderful parcel of old Lisini I offered last year and he brought a '99 Sag

Sidonio de Sousa's Super-Special Vinho d'Autor 2005

A lot of times I taste a wine, get really excited about it, and then sit down to write one of these up and find that I don't even know where to begin. This is definitely one of those times.   Sometimes a wine has so much going on, flying in so many directions at once, that, yeah, it's hard to know