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Finding history in a glass of Cognac

We taste 19th century Cognac, Armagnac, Port and Madeira By ALAN J. WAX It was a once-in-a-lifetime tasting of liquid history. Twenty plus connoisseurs, spirits merchants, and media gathered in the cellar tasting room of the Brandy Library in Tribeca … Continue reading

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A new style Barbera, made from dried grapes, reaches the U.S.

An approachable, affordable, elegant red wine from Italy’s Piedmont region By Alan J. Wax An Italian wine producer little known to many in the U.S. is about to launch a new style of Barbera. This new Piedmontese red, sold under … Continue reading

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars’ top Cabs offer reminder of restrained California wines

 SLWC wines, especially Cabs, show well at a retail tasting By Alan J. Wax I’ve never been a big fan of California wines, but a recent tasting at a shop near my home happily reminded me of the fine wines being … Continue reading

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Little-known Lemburger is a big winner for a Finger Lakes wine producer

Lemberger, growing in popularity, garners top honor for Ventosa Vineyards in New York State’s 2015 competition. By Alan J. Wax When was the last time you sipped a Lemberger? Likely, not lately. But that could change as this little-known grape variety, originally … Continue reading

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An impulsive visit to Chateau La Nerthe proves to be a worthwhile decision

By Alan J. Wax Our day of touring Avignon and its Palais des Papes had drawn to an end. What else to do with just a few hours of daylight remaining? Visit a winery, of course. Which one? I turned … Continue reading

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New York’s top winery accolade goes to Long Island’s Macari Vineyards

  By Alan J. Wax A multi-generational, family-owned Long Island wine producer founded almost two decades ago is getting long overdue recognition. Macari Vineyards, which now produces about 14,000 cases a wine annually from 200 acres of vines in Mattituck, … Continue reading

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Long Island vineyard funded through Kickstarter offers different wines

Southold Farm+Cellar, an upstart winery, is producing distinctive wines made from familiar grapes.   By Alan J. Wax A little more than a year ago, the owners of a Southold, Long Island, vineyard were seeking crowd-sourced funds to plant 9 acres of what … Continue reading

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Forget beer and tea: She picks the right wines for high-end Chinese food

Christine Parkinson, the worldwide wine buyer for London-based Hakkasan Group’s Michelin-rated restaurants, reveals some of her secrets. By Alan J. Wax  What wine with Chinese food? An oft-debated topic with Riesling or Gewurztraminer the usual answers— or beer, or tea. … Continue reading

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Gallo Marks 50th Anniversary of its iconic blend, Hearty Burgundy

What was your first real wine? For me, it was probably a bottle of Gallo Hearty Burgundy. That’s after dismissing all the sweet kosher wines I drank on Jewish holidays and the fruity Yago Sangria and Boone’s Farm fruit wines that … Continue reading

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Thieves steal 16,000 bottles of BrewDog prototype beers from UK retailer

British police are investigating the late night theft of 16,000 bottles of rare beers produced by the iconoclastic Scottish brewer BrewDog. The beers, worth an estimated £40,000 ($71,000), were stolen from the Essex, England, warehouse of beer retailer Ales by … Continue reading

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