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​​The Grapeshot




Summer Wine Recommendations
Part 2:  Spain’s Verdejo: The New Challenger to Sauvignon Blanc?

Worth Trying and Comparing!
Read here 



Summer Wine Recommendations

Part 1:  Seek Out Chateau Sainte-Marie of Entre-Deux-Mers 

Read here 



​Lallier Tasting at Vaucluse

L is for Lipsmacking Good Lallier Champagne!

Read here about the tasting. 



Terroir Guru’s Minimalist & Penny-pinching*              
Wine List for Easter 2016

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Book Review

The 24 Hour Wine Expert, by Jancis Robinson MW                                                                                                              

Penguin Books (To be published in the U.S.

by Abrams in September)

Read the review here



New Jersey Winter Wine Festival                                                                                                        

Short Hills Hilton, 2-26-16                                                                                                                      

Tasting of Wines from Importer/Distributor T. Edwards Wines

We visited the Domaine Henri German at the end of January. We met Jean-Francois Germain at 11 a.m. for the guided tasting of his 2014 wines. Courteous, soft-spoken and with a clear-eyed look of a frank Burgundian, we followed Jean-Francois across the street into the cellar with tasting glasses in hand.  It was a mild day except for the cold mistral that reminded us of winter.

Read more on this event here. 


Barrel Tasting of Domaine Henri Germain’s 2014 Wines

By Lionel Fritz
French Wine Correspondent of Terroirguru.com

We visited the Domaine Henri German at the end of January. We met Jean-Francois Germain at 11 a.m. for the guided tasting of his 2014 wines. Courteous, soft-spoken and with a clear-eyed look of a frank Burgundian, we followed Jean-Francois across the street into the cellar with tasting glasses in hand.  It was a mild day except for the cold mistral that reminded us of winter.


Read more on this tasting here



Battle of the Doms: Encountering High End Champagne in New Jersey

In the TG’s favorite movie, The Big Lebowski, Sam Elliott’s cowboy character turns to the Dude and says, “Sometimes you eat the bar….and sometimes the bar eats you.”

For a sommelier conducting a tasting, that clearly means sometimes the wines are okay and mildly interesting, and other times you hit the jackpot. At a tasting on Feb. 5 in Short Hills, New Jersey, the Terroir Guru hit the Powerball of Tastings: Bollinger RD, Dom Ruinart, Dom Perignon and many in between. 


Read more here.


A New Year Begins with "Old" Europe: Overview of Piedmont/Tuscany at Corkbuzz 

​​One of my resolutions for 2016 was to focus more on wine regions that are my favorites and learn more from the experts. 

Read here a full line-up of wines we sampled at Corkbuzz in New York focusing on Piedmont/Tuscany region.



Terroir Guru's Thanksgiving 2015 Wine Picks


For some personalized suggestions of what’s available in the northern provinces of New Jersey and Manhattan, please take a look at the Terroir Guru’s list below. We have updated it with new finds and up-and-comers: Assyrtiko, Torrontes, Gruner Veltliner; plus we kept some of our old favorites.  


Read more here to get the in on this Thanksgiving's wine picks. 



Serious Training for the Sommelier Certification Exam

In order to pass the Court of Master Sommelier’s second-level “certification” exam, you have to work your palate and your olfactory memory. Hard.

And it takes practice and more practice! You also need an experienced teacher and a good group of fellow masochists, er, fellow test takers.


Read more on Terroir Guru's training session leading up to Friday's Sommelier Exam.



​Serendipity and Generosity at Corkbuzz


There are a lot of winebars in New York.  One of the TG’s favorites is Corkbuzz, on E. 13th St. Why? Because sometimes extraordinary things happen there.

You can discern the ethos of a place by its regulars.  One recent Thursday in July, the TG and his social media director met at Corkbuzz to discuss development plans and enjoy some of the fine wines always on offer at this relatively new but consistently first-rate establishment. 


Read more on Terroir Guru's serendipitous encounter at Corkbuzz.

​Masterful Master Class on Napa Wines at Corkbuzz


Paul Giamatti, or at least his character in Sideways, would have to rethink his notorious line about drinking merlot if he had been among the dozen or so oenophiles attending a “master class” on Napa wines at Corkbuzz on a recent weekend in June.  This is because Chris Raftery, the head sommelier at Corkbuzz who led the class, astutely decided to include Robert Sinskey’s POV Merlot Blend (2010, Carneros) in the selection of three whites and three reds. The 2010 POV, a top cuvee from this long-time producer of organic and biodynamic wines on the Silverado Trail in Napa, was a delicious blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc—a nuanced concoction hinting of black fruits, graphite on the nose and a lingering finish that had you reaching again for the glass.  This was the Terroir Guru’s first-ever sampling of a wine from Sinskey, and we will be looking for it in retail or winebid.com.

Read here the full line-up of wines we sampled at the Napa Master Class.



Terroir Guru's Inaugural Interview

We will start with full disclosure: the Terroir-Guru is distantly yet proudly related to the Papapietro Perry Winery in Sonoma through the happy hazard of marriage (an uncle on the maternal side is the brother of one of the founders, Bruce Perry).

Bruce Perry and winemaker Ben Papapietro, along with their critical supporting cast of family members, have turned a veritable “garage wine” with roots in San Francisco into an iconic and consistently awesome producer of fine Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Their Zinfandels have also developed into mouth-watering wines in their own right.

We thought it would be fitting to launch our regular “Grapeshot” interview feature by checking in on our “country cousins” in the Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, California.

Read our interview with Papapietro Perry Winery here.


​​Terroir Guru 

​In vino veritas et felicitas