Favorite Italian Red Wines For Fall

Next month I’m the host of the Italian Food, Wine and Travel (ItalianFWT) writers group and I’ve chosen the couldn’t-be-broader topic of Favorite Italian Red Wines for Fall. Red Wines for Fall
Italian Food, Wine and Travel
On the first Saturday of the month, a group of food, wine and travel bloggers post about a region or a wine varietal. For September’s event, we look towards the change of season with food and wine that celebrate cooler weather and the abundance of harvest. These wines can be from any region, based on your own experience and preference. We are looking for roundup lists, pairing suggestions, travel inspiration, producer profiles and any other story that highlights red wine from Italy this time of year. The Favorite Italian Red Wines For Fall #ItalianFWT event will be Saturday, September 1, 2018. Posts will go live early that morning and you can follow along on a Twitter chat ...

That Old Time Rock n Roll: The Glory that Is Chablis – Sebastien Dampt’s List Favorite, Long Time \Go To\ Chablis, Cote de Lechet

Sebastien Now Ages the Wines Longer in the Tank and the Bottle
 - Significant Uptick in Complexity

2017 Has 2014's Snap and 2015's Deep Fruit

2017 Sebastien Dampt 1er Cru Cote de Lechet
 - Our First and Still Most Popular Chablis
 - Nose - Classic Lechet: Mineral, Seashells, Lemon Zest, Lime Pith
 - Terrific Complexity
 - Incredible Concentraion, Super Juicy and Awesomely Intense

2017 Sebastien Dampt Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons"
 - More Refined, Super Perfumed
 - Sweet Kumamoto Briny Sweetness
 - Extraordinary Balance, Epic, Deep


"It is not a vintage that offered every producer a royal flush of great Chablis, but overall it is a vintage that may end up being the best since 2014." Neal Martin, Vinous

I love to listen to all kinds of music.  Opera, classical symphonies, hip hop, some jazz. But there is always a place in my heart for some old time rock ...

6 Questions With Michele Luyton

6 Questions used to be a regular feature that I used to adore reading in the Sunday NY Times Magazine.  Now I want to bring the format to Fass Selections by featuring our favorite wine producers and their candid responses to questions. I love this format as it extends beyond the traditional wine questions and shows am irreverent human side to all the people I work with and work with us. I hope you enjoy this series and the latest installment is from the wonderful Michele Luyton.

1 - What was the last great wine you had that was not one of yours?
2010 Chateau Bel Air (Margaux) is last the great wine I had. I did enjoy its smooth and delicate tannins. The occurrence of the tasting was also worth noting. One Bordeaux negociant brought the bottle and I did enjoy the moment of sharing our common passion ...

The Shortlist: Eats of Eden

Sink your teeth into three tasty new food memoirs — Rick Bragg’s “The Best Cook in the World,” Edward Lee’s “Buttermilk Graffiti” and Lidia Bastianich’s “My American Dream.”

Flor de Caña Rum: Benefiting From Nicaragua Most Active Volcano

Over 125 years ago in 1890, Francisco Alfredo Pellas built the first distillery of what was to become Flor de Caña at the San Antonio Sugar Mill in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.  Its location at the base of the most active in Nicaragua (San Cristobal volcano) provides a multitude of favorable conditions to creating a  fine aged rum. It starts with the rich volcanic soil where the sugar cane benefits from the warm, hydrated, and vitamin-rich soil  which also is naturally protected from insect predators and erosion.  Second, the distillery is able to use enriched volcanic water in distillation that not only contains a bit of calcium, magnesium and sulfate but is also filtered from impurities by the volcanic rock. And finally the hot volcanic climate exposes the small (180 liter) white oak barrels to varying levels of heat during the again process. 

I recently purchased two versions of ...

2018 Pacific Wine & Food Classic

DAOU winery in Paso Robles

The Pacific Wine & Food Classic takes place August 18 and 19. This event held in Newport Beach, CA will feature many wineries. regional chefs and restaurants. According to the International Food, Wine and Travel Writer’s Association, the festival was voted as one of the top 10 food and wine festivals. With food, wine, and beer on Newport Beach, what’s not to like? Just imagine enjoying the food and wine with music and ocean breezes on Newport Beach. 

The caves of Pine Ridge

Tickets for Saturday are $115 and Sunday tickets are $99. VIP tickets are also available.  More than 40 wineries will be attending the festival including several wineries Wine Trail Traveler has visited and written about including: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Rodney Strong, Pine Ridge Winery,  DAOU Vineyards & Winery, Wilson Creek Winery & Vineyards, Mercer Family Vineyards, Robert Mondavi Winery, ...

The John Coltraine of Baden: Ziereisen’s Protege, My New Micro Production Low Yield Pinot Noir Star

Micro Production
Very, Very Low Yields. Ledy/Lalou Like
The Protege of Likely the Best Red Winemaker in Germany
 - The Wines Are Amazing Now
 - A Generational Talent

Very Limited (He Makes Almost No Wine)
 - These Will Be Allocated at Some Point Very Soon

2015 Max Geitlinger Wein Spätburgunder
 - Ethereal Nose: Loads of Spice and Bowls of Cherries - Baby Chambolle
 - Palate: Juicy, Sappy Cherries with Terrific Energy
 - Beautiful Texture and Laciness
 - Drivingly Honest, Linear Precise Wine That Happens to Be Stunningly Delicious

2015 Max Geitlinger Wein Pinot Noir (His Grand Cru)
 - Big, Ebullient Pinot Nose
 - Outrageous Palate Density
 - Explosive Palate with Amazing Tiny Berry Intensity
 - Structure like a Brilliant Unique Piece of Architecture
 - I Have Almost None of This

I got a new Pinot star in Germany. Oh yes. I got tiny quantities (a few cases of the 13 ...