Merlot’s ‘Time Out’ is Over

The Return…   Two of the most famous movie lines of all time are “I’ll be back” (Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator 1984) and “I’m not drinking any ******* Merlot!” (Paul Giamatti Sideways 2004). Fast forward to 2018 and we noticed a new movie coming out titled I’m Back Bitches. We’re …

Red Wine: on the Rocks?

Beyond ‘Room Temperature’, Geek is increasingly being subjected to wines being served by restaurants at the wrong temperature—from way too cold to downright hot! Like the rest of Michiganders, Wine Geek enjoyed a particularly lovely and warm summer this year. Not much to complain about with one exception: the warm …

Don’t Kick the Can – Wine Geek

  There’s a big buzz right now (no pun intended) regarding canned wine. It’s the latest and greatest wine trend currently (well, other than rosé). It’s a cool category which by all indications is about to explode.  So Wine Geek—who always loves to tell our customers what they are missing—will …

Old World, New Wines

Tradition & Regulation is Giving Way to Innovation and Imagination as the Classic European Wine Regions Up Their Game As cited in an earlier Wine Geek Speaks missive, for the better part of the 20th century, if one wanted ‘good’ wine, that meant buying imported wine—usually from France, Italy or …

Napa Cabernet—Becoming Just a Memory?

Prices for Napa Valley Vineyards and Grapes—Hence Wines—Have Reached Previously Unimagined Levels; Will Napa Cabernet Become Just a Memory for Us Regular Folks? Wine Geek is old enough to remember when he could (and did) purchase Château Lafite-Rothschild—the famed ‘First Growth’ Bordeaux—for $350. That was for a case. A case …

What’s in Your Wine?

As the ‘Natural Wine’ phenomenon continues to chug along, an ancillary conversation has been begun by some, asking: what are the wineries allowed to add to the wines we drink? Even if you are not a follower of the natural wine dogma (‘nothing added, nothing taken away’: see Wine Geek …

GLWAS at the WSWA WLC

WSWA Women’s Leadership Council first annual meeting in DC- Kicking off the event with a philanthropic event benefitting House of Ruth. We’re proud that two of our employees, Heather Kerr and Megan Iaccino, participated in the WSWA Women’s Leadership Council. There were 45 attendees from all over the US. GLWAS …

Color Blind

Within the panoply of historic quotes and prose relating to wine are a few quotes that have been passed on and tweaked and amended and live on in some form, centuries later. One favorite is ‘The first duty of wine is to be red’. Although the internet abounds with claims …

Is Cellaring Wine a Fading Notion?

Wine Geek has had a couple of good weeks: in the past 20 days or so Geek has tasted (drank) a 1953 Château Margaux, a 1990 Gaja Sorì Tildìn and a 1985 Comte Armand Pommard ‘Clos des Epeneaux’. All were gorgeous, ‘correct’ and in great condition (the Gaja was extraordinary!).  …