Posts Tagged ‘Zinfandel’


Gary Vaynerchuk and Paul Brady (photo by Kells Nollenberger)


I get star-struck. Since moving to New York City I’ve spotted Tara Reid, Mickey Rourke, and the popular comedian Louis C.K. Well, friends pointed them out, but I thought it was cool!

I’m probably more likely to recognize a moderately known wine critic, or an even lesser known jazz musician walking the streets of New York City than, say, Alexander Rodriguez — not that I wouldn’t care, it’s just not who’s on my radar. So when I finally came face to face with wine industry heavyweight Gary Vaynerchuk, the Robert Parker of my generation, kind of, I had no words. Well, almost no words. Five, to be exact. (more…)


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Wines to look for this summer.

Yesterday I had my windows open while I went out for a bit, only to come home and find my apartment full with fragrances of the season: grilling season. My neighbors had fired up their grill in the courtyard just below my bedroom, and a smoky, tough, petrol aroma caught my nose. Smoky, toughness, and petrol are just a few characteristics in wine that could enhance your summer’s barbecued cuisine. So I contacted my good friend Anthony Minne — formerly the sommelier at Esperance in Charlevoix MI, now working as a consultant for the wine department at the Plum Market in West Bloomfield MI — to pick his brain on some of his favorite wine and barbecue pairings. But before we get into the wines, I feel inspired to share with you how Anthony and I met, since it was a result of a summer wine article on chilled Zinfandel, from the wine blog formerly known as “The Pour.”


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