The Most Beautiful Wine Cellars In The World, Revisited (Now With Drool-Inducing Pics!)

Vinted on May 4, 2010 binned in book reviews

After my review last week of the newly-released book by Astrid Fobelets, Jurgen Lijcops, The Most Beautiful Wine Cellars In The World, I received requests (one in the comments, and a few more via email) for some pictures from that haughty tome.  After all, if you’re gonna drop upwards of $60 on a coffee table book, you want to know a bit about what you’re in for (well, a bit more than me telling you that it’s very pretty, anyway).

I’m happy to report that I received permission from the publisher, VdH Books, to share a few images with you, which I’ve watermarked and reduced in size from the hi-res to reduce the temptation of stealing them (not that any of you would do that, mind you, we’re just protecting the world from those thugs who might come and snatch them up after a Google image search…).

Anyway, five shots are included below, which are (in order of appearance): Château Neercanne (Netherlands), Radisson SAS Wine Tower (London),  Palais Coburg (Vienna), Weingut Brundlmayer (Austria) and the imposing Marques de Riscal (Spain).

Enjoy…

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“A Wine for Any Food”: Master Sommelier Interview with George Miliotes

Vinted on May 3, 2010 binned in interviews

I first met Master Sommelier George Miliotes during  a press dinner at the Cherry Hill, NJ location for Seasons 52 (for whom George holds the beverage director chair).

George is a down-to-earth, affable guy with a clear passion for sharing the joys of our favorite beverage, and he has a wry smile that came out whenever I talked with him about wine; it’s the kind of smile that suggests that he knows some great insider information, the kind of smile that says “yeah, well, just wait until you hear about this…”

During the press dinner, I sat at the far right-hand corner of a table filled with a handful of journalists and “seasoned” Seasons 52 frequent customers.  George, directly on my right at the head of the table, picked up on my intense wine geekiness during the dinner and for a while I more or less monopolized his attention as our serious wine geek antennae came out and we spoke the enthusiastic but often obfuscated language of those for whom wine knowledge has become a borderline obsession.

In other words, it was great, and I instantly liked George.

I thought it would be fun to pick George’s brain about the life of an M.S., what it’s like to put together a wine list that has to pair successfully with a menu that changes frequently and incorporates different local ingredients by location, get his insights on blending wines for Seasons 52 and see what he thinks of important trends in the industry.

Hope you all agree about the fun part – and enjoy!…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-05-01

Vinted on May 1, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 08 Pellegrino Passito di Pantelleria (Marsala): The orange rind & dried apricot are intense, but for this $, where's the acid? $27 B- #
  • 09 Dancing Coyote Gewurztraminer (Clarksburg): Light on the spice, but big on the tasty florals & citrus (& ultra-light on the wallet) $11 B #
  • 08 Dancing Coyote Petite Sirah (Clarksburg): Over-delivers on the nose (blackberry & smoke). But on palate… not so much, alas. $13 C+ #
  • NV Loose End Sparkling MSM (Barossa): An instant candied blue fruit mouth party, but w/ a steep cover charge & promise of a hangover $20 C+ #
  • 2005 Majella Sparkling Shiraz (Coonawarra): Peek under that American oak & you'll find some focused & tasty blueberry waiting for ya. $25 B+ #
  • 06 Deerfield Sangiovese (Sonoma County): Bright cherry & spice that might as well be fugitives, since they're running from the 'heat.' $30 C #
  • 06 Deerfield Buchignani-Garcia Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley): A finish hot enough it could be used by fire-eaters. $60 C #
  • 05 Deerfield Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): Currants, raisins & spice. Not just for breakfast anymore (thanks to the good acids) $30 B- #
  • 05 Deerfield Shiraz Cuvee (Sonoma County): Everything is amped up in this blend, from the tannin & booze to the blue fruits & pepper. B- $24 #
  • 06 Roanoke Vineyards Cabernet Franc (North Fork, LI): Very impressive & almost lush CF, with just enough green action to beguile. $32 B+ #
  • 07 Winter's Hill Pinot Blanc (Dundee Hills): As Alsatian as you'll get in OR. For the $, it's a citrus-laden triumph (& a bargain) $18 A- #
  • 06 Winter's Hill Pinot Noir (Dundee Hills): Clearly well-made but a touch too heavy on the oak on all of that gorgeous berry fruit. $29 B- #
  • 06 Winter's Hill Pinot Noir Cuvee du Vigneron (Dundee Hills): Delicate & balanced for all of its richness, spice & pure cherry fruit. $39 B+ #
  • 08 Billsboro Winery Riesling (Finger Lakes): All peaches & limes. Tastey and without pretense (but also without any real drama). $16 B- #
  • 06 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (Alexander Valley): Dark Cherry rode into town, guns blazin' & wearin a lot o' leather $35 B+ #

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