Buyer for: Austria, Burgundy, California - Cabernet, Pinot Noir & Zinfandel, Grappa, Italian Red Wine, New Zealand, Oregon, South Africa
I sometimes shake my head in disbelief when I count the nearly four decades I’ve been selling wine. Much has changed since I began, and much of it for the better: there’s greater diversity of styles, and the availability of what’s out there is staggering. Yet even with over 35 years of experience, I still consider myself a student of the vine. Every year, every vintage opens up a new chapter to explore and discover. Not a day goes by when I don’t learn something new, either from grape growers, winemakers, my ultra-knowledgeable colleagues, or the savvy shoppers that visit our store.
Over the years, my interests in fitness and nutrition eventually have led me to organic viticulture and winemaking, while my spiritual side drew me to biodynamic farming. If eating well is part of your daily regimen, so too should be choosing wine. When I see people making wine a part of their healthy lifestyle, I feel great knowing that I’m taking part in something positive.
Volpaia Chianti Classico 2011
The 2011 Volpaia reminded me of why I like Chainti so much. Harmonious, but not voluminous, the bouquet draws you in with classic Sangiovese aromas: cherries, incense, tobacco and leather. In the mouth, the flavors unfold elegantly with spicy fruit and the freshness that makes Chianti so very welcome at the table. The Volpaia is made from certified organically grown grapes, so you can feel good about serving this to your family and friends.