Slow Wine New York 2022

After a 2021 hiatus due to Covid, the Slow Wine Tour returned to New York this year with a tasting at Eataly Downtown following its 2020 wine tour.

This wine tour recognizes wineries that reflect local terroir and practice environmentally-sustainable methods.

Most of the wines are from Italy, but there were also sustainable wines from Oregon, California and Long Island.

One of my favorites, Troon Vineyards, poured their Kubli Bench Amber, which is the best orange wine I’ve ever tasted.

I tasted lots of Barbera d’Asti and white blends which I adore.

In addition to the trade/media tasting they also host a public tasting portion that you can buy tickets for in case you’re interested in being a part of this experience next year.

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Spain’s Great Match New York City 2021

I attended Spain’s Great Match 2021 in New York City for it’s first post-Covid show held at Mercado Little Spain in November.

As part of the experience I got to attend several seminars including one on volcanic wines from the Canary Islands taught by Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein, Sommelier Ferran Centelles.

Cesar Saldana, President of The Regulatory Council for the Designations of Origin “Jerez-Xérès-Sherry”, “Manzanilla-Sanlúcar de Barrameda” and “Vinagre de Jerez” led a Sherry master class.

And Master Sommelier Kathy Morgan led a mini-seminar on Tempranillo.

I adore Sherry and Spanish wine and being able to attend this event two days after I arrived back from Jerez de la Frontera and Sevilla, Spain was the perfect way to acclimate to being back in the U.S.

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An Update on the Cava D.O.

I attended great presentation by Adam Waddell on the Cava DO held at CorkBuzz NYC.

I adore cava as the proletariat’s traditional method wine and enjoy it more often than any other bubbly.

We tasted Pares Balta Blanca Cusine 2012, Maset L’avi Pau Gran Reserva Brut Nature, Anna de Cordorniu Blancs de Blancs and Anna de Cordorniu Brut Rose.

A vintage 2012 cava costs just as much as an entry-level Champagne and is such a greater value complete with notes of brioche.

There are some new classification rules going into effect in January 2021 that you may be interested in learning more about.

Download the highly-detailed PowerPoint presentation for more details.