1997 Château d’Yquem

Some wines reel you in, while others soothe you. Some wines serve only for the purpose of complimenting the dishes they are paired with, and some work themselves into the intricacies of an evening, lubricating an awkward social event or enhancing an already wonderful one. Read more of this post

2012 Mohegan Sun WineFest

Casinos are no strangers to entertaining events: whether you’re scoping out the buffet lines and catching The Family Stone (missing Sly) in concert or making big cash on the slot machines, there’s always something to check out. My home state hosts two of the world’s most famous casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Having enjoyed some events and restaurants there in the past, I was quite pumped to visit Mohegan and serve as a press correspondent for their annual Sun WineFest. Read more of this post

2012 Boston Wine Expo

Today we made a trip out to Boston to check out the 2012 Boston Wine Expo. The BWE has brought wine distributors, writers, and consumers together for the last twenty two years in the center of the city to drink, learn, and enjoy plenty of fascinating selections and nibbles from across the globe! This year’s selection of events featured seminars with speakers like Mark Oldman and Wine Spectator director of education Gloria Maroti Frazee and live cooking demonstrations by some of Boston’s best chefs. Read more of this post

1998 Château de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape

For every quirky outsider of a wine, there is a classical, downright Baroque bottle  that presents itself simply, like an antique desk, yet is so utterly beautiful in its minimal presentation that it trumps its younger counterparts every time. And that wine is the 1998 Beaucastel. There are few words that come to mind when one drinks this wine. It speaks for itself impeccably. Read more of this post

1982 Château Léoville-Barton

Writing about this wine is difficult, because it isn’t really my place to write about it. This wine, as my dad says, marks the end of his youth, a phase in life that somewhat cripples me for wine critiquing as I’ve no perspective to look back on it for the moment, looking forward as we speak. At 21, I lack the perspective of age but carry the potential of years to come, so my thoughts on this wine are, as always, tainted by my youthful exuberance and inexperience. Regardless, enjoy. Read more of this post

1952 Paul Jaboulet Ainé Côte-Rôtie Les Jumelles

As I write this, my heart is pounding. I think one of the most common misconceptions is that the older a wine is, the better it is. And while I know that that’s not completely true, having suffered through many a corked wine that is simply “over the hill,” part of me wonders how I’m going to follow this particular specimen. And likewise, I wonder if another misconception along similar lines is that the older the critic, the better the writing. While this may seem somewhat presumptuous, both my writing and this wine deserve your full attention. We drank this at dinner a few weeks ago, paired with a medium rare steak and roasted garlic rosemary red potatoes. Most wines pair well with steak, but this 1952 Paul Jaboulet Ainé Côte-Rôtie Les Jumelles renders a ribeye superfluous.This wine tastes like meat in a bottle. If the sci-fi filmmakers of the B-movie genre had tasted this, they surely would have abandoned their food pill conceptions for a food shot. We didn’t decant this, yet roughly five seconds after pouring this, we started to smell meaty, mushroomy scents emanating from the ruby red wine. The wine was rich burgundy in color with little cloudiness and sediment. The first taste yielded a rich and tangy flavor with a substantial mouthfeel, full in the mouth with a bloody, metallic edge. It truly had similar qualities of a rare steak on a wood-fire grill, wafting smoky flavors not unlike the smells outside in the October, New England air, woodsmoke fires, wet leaves, crisp air, and all. Bacon lovers, start saving up. You’ve never tasted porcine goodness like this before.
Of course, every rose has its thorns, and in this case, every steak has its mad cow disease. Consumed within the hour, it was a beautiful thing to behold. Of course, all good things must come to an end, and when the flavors faded, we truly began to see the effects of its age. These flavors had very little staying power, cruelly taunting us with the pure flavors of fall only to whisk them away a mere hour after pouring, leaving behind a tasty, yet weak flavor compared to the manly symphony of muscle and power we’d tasted moments before. While mimicking the classic flavors of a steakhouse, it was simply too fleeting to stand a multi-course dinner. If these flavors had remained consistent throughout the meal, it would be rated much higher. It seems as though it is nearing its aging window, though I cannot say for sure how it will taste in future years.

1952 Paul Jaboulet Ainé Côte-Rôtie Les Jumelles
MSRP $499
85/100