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September 13, 2023

Remembering Melvyn and Janie Master

When I first met Melvyn Master, he was a larger-than-life personality in New York City during the heady 1980s. He […]

September 08, 2023

Some thoughts on Chablis & the 2022 vintage

The rural and gently rolling hills of Chablis, with their open vistas, interrupted only by scattered woods, conjures up the […]

September 06, 2023

Clos i Terrasses Vintage Reports 2014-2021

Daphne Glorian has sent me vintage assessments of Clos i Terrasses since 2014, so I’ve gone through my files, and […]

September 05, 2023

Priorat & the Black Slate Project

by Steven Spanbauer A BIT OF HISTORY In 1194, the Carthusian priory of Cartoixa d’Escaladei was founded at the foot […]

August 30, 2023

Four Wines for Unwinding

We all have our favorite ways to unwind. For some, it might be a late summer hike to observe the […]

August 09, 2023

The Heart of Catalunya

Xavier Gramona was among the rare individuals one feels privileged to have met and spent time with. He was knowledgeable […]

August 04, 2023

Four for the Barbie

by Steven Spanbauer Having been raised in Northern Wisconsin, cooking over a fire was just part of daily life, and […]

July 31, 2023

Our Delectable Dozen for Surviving the Dog Days of Summer

by Steven Spanbauer, words and pictures guy at European Cellars, caretaker of Chowder (above) Having worked two decades selling wines […]

July 18, 2023

Who Delivers? The Grenache vs Pinot Debate

For centuries, Pinot and Grenache grapes have been the subject of winemaking debate and enjoyment. But what exactly sets these […]

April 13, 2023

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the vintage game

by Steven Spanbauer Despite being a region noted for its diversity of permitted varieties, in reality, the performance of Grenache […]