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Vino 2009 and good friends

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, January 29, 2009

New York City never ceases to amaze. Just when you think you'll never go back, you do, and it's like you never left, both good and bad. I just returned from 3 days in the Big Apple and just seeing the sea of yellow taxis reminded me why a friend once called it "the city where every cab in the world goes to die." It's also a place where new friends pop out of the woodwork, or in the case of the 360-degree observation deck (Top of the Rock) on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center, out ...


The Big Apple and Vino 2009

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's Sunday night and I'm packed for a quick trip Monday to New York City and Vino 2009, the mid-stop of a three-city whirlwind Italian wine tour. I'm not making the three-city tour; that's for a couple hundred Italian winemakers and their representatives. The first stop was in Boston this weekend, with New York Monday to Wednesday and Miami next weekend. It's a tough venue on the people making the journey but the Italian Trade Commission figures it's necessary. The economics and the ...


The time might be right for Italian wines

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, January 19, 2009

Next week, Vino 2009 comes to America and there's been an interesting dialogue on whether it's a good time to hit these shores or perhaps a time to hold back. Vino 2009 also is known as Italian Wine Week, an industry mega-convention hitting Boston, New York and Miami, bringing hundreds of importers, buyers and key wine professionals together with more than 300 Italian wine producers, many of whom are seeking an in with the American wine market. Which isn't curious, considering how many ...


Sometimes the right wine finds you

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, January 12, 2009

Finding an intriguing wine often is a matter of luck. Sometimes I've followed friends' advice and been disappointed and sometimes I've bought a bottle on a whim and struck gold. That leads me to a couple wines I've had this oh-so-short New Year that surprised me, perhaps because I wasn't expecting much (admittedly had the bar pretty low) or maybe I wasn't quite ready for the impact these wines were going to make. Neither is very old in terms of vintage or aging, nothing at all like the ...


Looking for New Year’s bubbles

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, January 2, 2009

It's Jan. 2 and bit late to partake in my friend Jeremy's "What they Drank for Christmas, The Mini-Series" but you can go here to see what interesting wines some interesting people opened during the holiday. On Dec. 31, I was planning to pop some Champagne when I read Alice Feiring's blog about "Remedial Bubble Assistance" and realized I didn't really want to drink a bit of Moet et Chandon if there was something more interesting to drink, so I set about searching for, well, something more ...


Party survives, wine economy not so well

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, December 29, 2008

Everyone made it through the Christmas party, even though there was the problem with the broken punch bowl, which seemed to fall apart on its own. The Hostess stayed gracious and good-natured, even after repeatedly mopping the sticky floor, and did a great job of saving the day with a lovely porcelain bread-making bowl to hold the punch. It wasn't really made with Champagne but that's understandable. Why waste good Champers when you're mixing it with cognac and assorted other liquid ...


Storms make skiing unearthly good

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, December 22, 2008

I didn't quite make Friday's first ride up the lift at Telluride. The road conditions, even though the snow had stopped several hours earlier, still were pretty bad and that made for slow travel, particularly across Dallas Divide, the high point on the highway between Ridgway and Telluride. It's not really that high (the sign says 8,970 feet) but it gets a lot of wind across the top. This often makes for what Tom Watkinson of Telluride described as a hockey rink. "It can be ice-coated for ...


Waxing heavy on new snow

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, December 18, 2008

The wind and snow stopped about noon at my house and for a while I was wondering if I made a mistake by not heading off early this morning for Telluride. But a friend called a bit after 1 p.m. and said he was stopped for a while on Dallas Divide by a combination of slick roads and a stuck 18-wheeler. So staying home was a good move. This entry really does have something to do about wine, although the fact that Telluride has received more than 4 feet of snow in the last week has my mind ...


Watching the cranes in the desert

By Dave Buchanan
Saturday, November 29, 2008

I spent the week before Thanksgiving in New Mexico at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge south of Socorro. This is way south in New Mexico, fewer than 200 miles from El Paso, Texas, and nine or so hours from home. It's in some of the northernmost reaches of the Chihuahuan Desert, the largest North American desert and a classic rain-shadow desert dominated by mesquite, agave (think tequila) and ocotillo. But the drive is worth the effort, for the Bosque is where thousands of ...


America’s taste for reds on rise

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Americans will consume a record 121 million cases of red wine this year, according to "The Wine Market: Impact Databank Review and Forecast," a report released by M. Shanken Communications,the parent company of Wine Spectator magazine. The report, which analyzes recent trends in the wine market, says Americans this year will drink about 3 percent more red wine than last, the third-consecutive year for an increase in red wine consumption. White wine consumption will grow also but at a ...


Southern reds worth a holiday smile

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, November 7, 2008

We're getting back to the red wines tasted recently at the Southern Wine & Spirits holiday show. This was a fairly small show (35 reds were offered) but the quality was such my tasting sheet has scribbled notes up and down the edges, across the bottom and even squeezed between lines of type. Southern has a good variety of Spanish and Italian reds to go with the New World reds you'd expect. I gravitated to the Old World wines since it's there you're more likely to find some delicious wines ...


Southern tasting shows new stuff

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, November 2, 2008

The holiday wine and spirits show by Southern Wine & Spirits was held this year in the mostly empty expanse of a local florist, an interesting venue in that the smell of recently departed flowers and various greenery competed with the "sniffy sniff," as WineLibraryTV.com guru Gary Vaynerchuk might say. First, though a word or several about Southern Wine & Spirits. When someone, anyone, talks about consolidation in the liquor business, a couple of corporate names immediately come to mind. ...


Winemaking fun but serious

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, November 2, 2008

Last post I talked about my introduction to hands-on winemaking, albeit in a minor way compared to what even the smallest commercial winery will produce. A few carboys of shiraz, now sitting in Sal Sassano's basement/winery, waiting for the yeast to finish off the last of the sugar so the wine is safe to bottle. I've witnessed first-hand how overwhelming the carbon dioxide from fermenting wines can be and some of my winemaker friends have joked about the effects of breathing that rarefied ...


Taking the step, or stomp

By Dave Buchanan
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I've never been foolish enough to suggest winemaking is an easy task. I've hung out with enough winemakers and wanna-be winemakers and even ex-winemakers to realize that winemaking, like farming, takes up too much time and energy to considered "fun," in the diversion sense of the word. It's not actually a burden, because if anything you do becomes a burden, it's time to no longer do that. But winemaking as fun, well, it's seems something awfully akin to raising children in that it takes ...


Is merlot making a sideways comeback?

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm finally getting around to the red wines tasted at the Republic National Distribution Company's holiday show a few weeks ago. It's not the wines weren't nice but rather life got in the way of blogging. My friend Denny Barbour and I tasted through 50 or so reds during the three-hour show, plus another 50 or so whites and sparkling wines. Even when spitting it's nearly impossible not to absorb some alcohol so some of the notes I made toward the end of the evening are not nearly as funny ...


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