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How to find a new favorite wine

Last month I was invited to dinner at one of those splashy Miami restaurants. I arrived early and decided to order a glass of wine at the bar. They had an eclectic, by the glass selection which immediately raised my good vibe of the establishment. As I sat there enjoying a glass of Franciacorta, I grew increasingly disheartened listening to what people were ordering. I must have heard at least a dozen times, “I’ll have a glass of Chardonnay/ Pinot Grigio/ Cabernet”, and that’s OK if all you want is something in your glass you are familiar with. The longer I sat there the stronger my urge grew to ask someone, “Don’t you have any sense of adventure? They have such a great selection of wine by the glass!”

In French Wines, Spanish Wines, Wine, Italian Wines, Wine Expert, Wine Tips

High Elevation Wines

You’ve probably heard or seen it before: A wine label reads, “grapes grown on high elevation vineyards.” Perhaps you've heard a winemaker or salesperson brag, “The grapes for this wine were grown on a mountainside.”

In Argentine Wines, Wine, Italian Wines, California Wines

6 Wines Picked by a Real Wine Expert

There are "wine experts" and there are wine experts. "Wine experts" tell you that Bordeaux is split between the Left Bank and the Right Bank. Wine experts tell you the type of soil that is on each bank. Shayne Hebert is a wine expert.

In Cabernet Franc, French Wines, Wine, Italian Wines, Red Wines

Opera Wine 2017

Last week I had a dream I was in a majestic residence in the heart of Verona Italy. I was upstairs in this palatial building overlooking the Roman Arena while enjoying lunch with more than 100 of Italy’s top winemakers.

In Wine, Italian Wines

Create a your own slice of Italy tonight

Americans have been having a love affair with ‘Cucina Italiano’ for years. Right alongside our love of Italian food is our passion for Italian wines

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It’s Vinitaly Time Again! 

Ah, one of my favorite times of the year has arrived. I’m not talking about the start of baseball season, however I am looking forward to seeing my beloved Red Sox make another run at a World Series title. No, I’m talking about what happens in the wine world this time of year. This is the season for many of the world’s biggest and most influential wine trade shows.

Prowein (Dusseldorf, Germany) and Vinitaly (Verona, Italy) both take place in the next couple of weeks and I’m delighted that ABCFWS has once again asked me to attend Vinitaly in search of more great Italian wine.

Vinitaly is regarded as one of the preeminent trade shows in the wine world. This year over 150,000 visitors are expected to turn out.  Attendees include distributors, wholesalers, importers, bars, restaurants, sommeliers, the trade press and serious retailers like ABCFWS. It will be four days of non-stop meetings, tastings, workshops and events designed to encourage contacts between exhibitors and those of us in the trade. For anyone who thinks I’m going on vacation I would love to invite you along for just one day.

In Wine, Italian Wines