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2017 Sherryfest NYC

This year is the 5th anniversary of Sherryfest! Peter and I created Sherryfest in 2012 simply because we thought it would be fun to throw a big sherry party. Never before had anyone in the United States hosted a sherry-only walk around tasting… why not try? With a little luck, the producers supported us and … Continued


In less than a month we’ll finally have the most comprehensive, modern text on Champagne – the region, the wines, the people and the history. As you may know, Peter Liem is my business partner in Sherryfest (coming up Oct 27-29 in NYC), and I am fortunate to count him as one of my dearest … Continued

Weiser-Künstler 2016 Rieslings

My first visit to Weiser-Künstler was in the summer of 2010. I dubbed the Volkswagon Golf rental Silver Stallion, and motored around the Mosel, Saar, Ruwer, Nahe, and Rheinhessen for a couple weeks. It was the only time I drove a car in the nine years I lived in New York City. A handful of early-aught … Continued

Riesling Without Borders

Wednesday, June 14th is the 2nd annual Riesling Without Borders Grand Tasting and Dinner! Held at the Golden Unicorn in New York City, the tasting will feature over 175 Rieslings from around the world. Riesling is often considered the world’s most noble grape variety, and truly transmits a sense of place in ways very few … Continued

Back Vintage Knoll

  Recently, I enthused again with one of you about the magnificent aging potential of Grüner Veltliner. There is no denying the nobility of Austrian Riesling; but it would be a mistake to restrict Grüner Veltliner to the value class or to status as an everyday crowd-pleaser. Given the right conditions, Grüner Veltliner will match the integrity … Continued