Oct 09

More on Vintage Port

Be sure to visit this older post to learn much more about Vintage Port. And this link for the basics of wine tasting. In this post I will share tasting notes on a bottle of Vintage Port that I opened after an extended stay in the cellar. Warre’s 1997. 20 years is generally a minimum …

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Oct 08

The Culinary Institute of America

Many regular readers know that my first career was in the restaurant industry and my first college degree was from the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, N.Y. The school is recognized as the world’s premier culinary college. The recent weather has been splendid. Dry days with glorious sunshine and pleasant temperatures. This is …

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Oct 07

Vintage 2000 Bordeaux

While many people consider wines from the Burgundy region of France to be the very best in the world, I think Bordeaux offers wines that are more complex and nuianced. I prefer these blended wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (and to a lesser degree Cab. Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot) more than the …

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Oct 06

Blueberries

In previous posts I’ve written about many kinds of berries; from berries found in the wild, including strawberries, also tips for cultivating raspberries and blueberries. In past seasons I have had to battle with the birds and the local deer population, but by using nets to cover the bushes I have been able to keep them from …

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Oct 05

A Day in Manhattan

In early October, I had a chance to go into the city for a bit of shopping. Some window shopping along 5th Ave. and some wine shopping at Astor Wines, in Greenwich Village. On this visit I also connected with long time student, Momo. She is in her final year at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Sadly, …

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Sep 25

New Garden Fence

Deer have been an almost constant annoyance as I have spent nearly a decade developing the yard and garden. For the main vegetable patch, a fenced area measuring roughly, 30 feet long by 20 feet wide (10 meters by 7 meters). Inside that area I have 7 raised beds, a section with 2 blueberries and …

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Sep 24

On a Golden Autumn Day

Autumn, when the leaves change colors, the days are golden and the air is crisp. It is my favorite time of year. The morning often greets us with heavy dew. The afternoons fade with strange dancing shadows and “each moment never is the same”. To experience these days consciously is a “pure joy” and it …

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Sep 13

Some of the finest wines…

During the many years I have engaged in this hobby of oenology, I’ve had the pleasure of tasting some wonderful wines. Here is a good link to learn about some of the technical elements of taste as it relates to wine. Referring to the notes I have compiled a list of some of the finest wines …

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Sep 05

The How and Why of Wine Storage

You may wonder why anyone would go to the trouble of buying wines and storing them for 10 or 20 years. It is a good question. You may think it would be easier just to buy the wine you wish to consume and drink it directly. The fact is that fine wines that have been …

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Sep 01

A few very nice wines

To go along with several end of summer BBQ feasts I opened up a few wines that I’ve had on hand. Most of these wines were from Spain, a producer of quality wines if you know what to look for, and a couple from Italy, including a seven year old bottle of Amarone. If you …

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