Author: Taylor Hartstein

Tasting Notes: A Tour of the Southern Rhône

Photos Provided by Domaine de Beaurenard Appearing before a room of sixty-five law students, eighth generation wine maker Victor Coulon led the group on a tasting tour of his family’s wines from the Rhône Valley in the south of France. The informative presentation drew on photographs and maps of the property as well as visual animations depicting the soil and subsoil that, for centuries, have driven Beaurenard’s terroire-focused wines. The first taste of the night was a 2012 Domaine de Beaurenard Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc. This blend of Clairette, Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Roussane, Picpoul, and Picardan was a totally new style...

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Tasting Notes: Pisticci – An Adventurous Selection of Italian Wines

Nelson Hua / Morningside Muckraker Passing through the garden-level entrance of Pisticci on Amsterdam and La Salle, I was greeted by the welcome aromas of an Italian kitchen and a friendly smile from the attentive hostess. Though informed of a likely thirty-minute wait, I was pleasantly surprised to be seated in less than five minutes, at a spacious table abutting the front window. My first task? Picking up a wine menu, of course. At enotecas like Mario Batali’s “Otto” on Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue, you might find many pages of labyrinthine small print lacking the slightest indication of...

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