Wines I’m Drinking

An old friend recently asked me to provide him with some wine selections as he’s a relative novice and wanted to step up his game. Below are some not-necessarily-life-changing-wines but ones that have the potential to change your entire perspective on wine if you haven’t ‘dug deep’ for a bottle in the $80 – $200 range. All red, no two quite alike, representing California, France, Australia, Italy, Spain, and Chile.

  • 1991 Dominus
  • 2001 Paul Jaboulet Aine “La Chapelle”
  • 1997 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
  • 1999 Bovio Barolo Riserva Parussi
  • 1996 Lynch Bages
  • 1999 Hosanna
  • 1998 La Fleur Petrus
  • 1998 Trotanoy
  • 2003 Torbreck Run Rig
  • 2002 Torbreck The Struie
  • 1996 Dunn
  • 2001 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta
  • 2003 Kilikanoon ‘Oracle’ Shiraz
  • 2001 Elderton Command Shiraz
  • 2001 Beringer ‘Private Reserve’
  • 2001 Stag’s Leap ‘Cask 23’
  • 1993 Ridge, Monte Bello, Santa Cruz Mountains
  • 1985 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rioja
  • 1998 Clarendon Hills Shiraz, Piggott Range Vineyard
  • 1998 Talenti Riserva, Brunello di Montalcino, Vigna del Paretaio

To treat yourself this holiday season, what are some of your favorites?

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It has been a most interesting and enjoyable experience attempting to create wine with the WinePod so far.  You can read more about my adventures here:

Over the past couple of months I’ve been taking inventory of the various ways in which I communicate, whether is be for myself to keep track of news and information (on NetVibes), externally through tweets, Facebook updates, NYGrapes updates, dojo updates, or this blog.  In short, while I hope to keep this site fresh, you are more likely to catch what I’m thinking about or doing via my Facebook (which is connected with Twitter) feed.  As the song goes (name that band!), “Time is the measure before it’s begun, Slips away like running water…” and I’m just out of time to write down at-length prose on all of the various topics I’m interested in.

So, if you know me (and by know I mean more than just we met once and/or we’ve communicated more than once since we were in highschool), have a look for me on Facebook.  Better yet, rather than pseudo-conversationalism through blogs, tweets, and the like, just pick up the phone and call.  Cheers.


Great show:

’88 Cos D’Estournel
’88 Margaux
’88 Latour

Good conversation about relevance of ratings and storage, etc.

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Check out my nygrapes site for some nifty articles on all things wine related.

A shameless promotional plug for, a Web site I started a year ago for a wine group I started a year ago.  Lots of tasty wine articles, tasting notes, and links to other oenophilic delights.

A good friend who moved out to the west coast introduced me last year to Greg Snell, co-founder and CEO of ProVina, the makers of the WinePod, a state-of-the-art tool for small lot artisan winemaking.  Check out his appearance on CNBC’s Power Lunch segment today.

Have drunk some…want to drink more!  Click here for Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines of 2006.  Includes videos, charts, archives, etc.