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Groovy wines tasted in LA last week & an AMAZING Sardinian

Purple teeth and numb gums.

That’s what happens when you taste as many wines as we did last week in Los Angeles.

All in all, my colleagues and I (see below) “tasted through” roughly 120 wines over the course of three days at… 771 more words

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A slice of Emilia in LA...

Traveling today and am slammed with work.

But just had to share at least one image from last night’s Emilia dinner at Sotto in Los Angeles, where I’ve spent the week tasting and rebooting our wine list. 11 more words

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Ray Isle features my friend & client Paolo Cantele in Food & Wine

Ever since we met in 2009, Paolo Cantele (above, right) and I have been close friends.

We bonded over our shared interest in Italian literature, our left-leaning politics, and our appreciation of life’s sensorial pleasures. 293 more words

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Boulder Burgundy Festival, a new & very fun project for me

Above: Rajat Parr (right) is just one of the super groovy celeb sommeliers who will be pouring at this year’s Boulder Burgundy Festival. How friggin’ cool is that? 233 more words

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Our favorite Abruzzo wine & an 03 Allegrini (yes, I liked it)

We drank a couple of interesting wines over the weekend.

The 2013 Cirelli Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo is a wine that only recently found its way to Texas. 569 more words

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Why a bad vintage is good, Super Tuscans @WineSearcher & a special dinner @SottoLA

Above: my good friend from college, chef Steve Samson at Sotto in Los Angeles, is going to recreate an Emilian feast next Wednesday in celebration of his parents’ Brooklyn-Bologna wedding fifty years ago. 257 more words

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Brunello counterfeit update, the name of the "consultant," and the good news...

In a blog post yesterday, Wine Spectator editor Bruce Sanderson set the record straight regarding the recent seizure by Italian authorities of “approximately 180,000 liters—potentially 20,000 cases of from the 2008 to 2013 vintages, with an approximate value of $3.87 million to $5.16 million.” 255 more words

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