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Rubbing Elbows and Pouring Wine

Posted on | September 14, 2011 | Written by Michael Greeson | 1 Comment

Summer’s almost officially over here in New York.  People have packed up their houses in the Hamptons, and the Rockaways surfers have fixed their boards into temporary coffee tables. In other words, the lights are on and we’ve gone back to work, better than ever.

To kick off this reunion, those of us in the wine industry can be found at portfolio tastings across the city.  I headed uptown yesterday with a colleague to volunteer at the Domaine Select portfolio tasting and, upon entering, came to find out I’d be pouring through some sensational biodynamic wines from Friuli.  If you’re not familiar with producers like Gravner, Movia, Vodopivec, Edi Kante and La Castellada, you should be; they make some great wines to get into this season.  They produce everything from dry sparkling wines to sweet dessert wines.  And they do it using biodynamic techniques, an approach put forth by Rudolf Steiner and one that goes beyond being organic and harnesses the energy of the planets and the stars.

Grand tastings are always a hoot.  It seems like these importers and distributors invite anyone and everyone to these events and, well, you can imagine there are many people who know, or think they know, a lot about wine.  Some folks discuss pH levels, residual sugars and polyphenols over crudités, while other people are just there to drink.  Nevertheless it’s always great to reunite with friends, taste through some of the current vintages of our favorite producers, and catch up with some of the producers themselves.

Mostly, it’s super to spend time with people who are passionate about wine–lots and lots of people, drinking lots and lots of wine.

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One Response to “Rubbing Elbows and Pouring Wine”

  1. Jon Troutman
    September 29th, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    A belated “thank you” for coming out to our Grand Portfolio Tasting! You captured the essence of what we hope for each and every year by saying, “it’s always great to reunite with friends, taste through some of the current vintages of our favorite producers, and catch up with some of the producers themselves.”

    Thanks again and cheers!

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