Tag Archives: Winetasting

Happiness is Picking Community Over Competitive Edge

Around a month ago, just before the Paso Robles masterclass kicked off here in New York City, I was able to hear the story of renowned importer Robert Haas, who passed away earlier this year, as told by Robert’s son, … Continue reading

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Curiosity is the Most Powerful Thing You Own

The dark purplish-blue sky seemed to drape over the mixture of stone carved buildings contrasting with metal and glass skyscrapers looming above me in midtown Manhattan. It seemed like, overnight, we were losing more daylight as the mystic night came … Continue reading

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Accepting Challenges

It was unbelievable to realize that not only was the exquisitely grand château I stood in front of actually, at one time, was only a hunting lodge to a more expansive estate in the Brouilly Cru of Beaujolais, in France, … Continue reading

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We Need More of This in the World

When it comes to the wine world in New York City, you never know where you will find yourself… it could be in a hole-in-the-wall space on a somewhat unsavory street or you can enter a grand space that evokes … Continue reading

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The Extremes of Wine

Around 11pm on October 8th, 2017, Pierre Birebent was abruptly woken up from a deep sleep by his daughter saying that his phone had been ringing several times… in his half-dazed state, Pierre looked at his phone and saw messages … Continue reading

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Tearing Down Snobbery & Embracing Generosity

***Disclosure: Avery Books gave me a free review copy of the new Wine Folly book that I talk about in this post. As some of you may already know, not only was I on the other side of the wine … Continue reading

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Our Existence Shaping the World

As I sat on top of a limestone escarpment towering up from the ground up to 1617 feet (493 meters) in the sky, I couldn’t help but feel a little uneasy about the thoughts that flooded my head… if my … Continue reading

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You Can’t have a Rainbow without Rain

Once we get to a certain place in our lives we sometimes find ourselves revisiting places we had once thought we would never see again. This was my experience going back to one of the most beautiful coastlines in the … Continue reading

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The Road that will Last

Rambunctious laughter along with the faint smell of Pringles snack chips drifted around the huge bus that was speeding down the main roads from Venice to Bologna in Italy. One would think we were a bunch of long-time friends as … Continue reading

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Co-Fermentation – Being Our Best Selves Together

America is a crazy experiment when it comes to mixing a diversity of races and ancestries without one distinctive culture uniting all of us. It is messy, chaotic and just plain scary at times… the fierce, in your face, clashes … Continue reading

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