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Joseph Buchter
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Whiskey Impossible
In the world of food and beverage there are certain experiences that exist which we fetishize and put on a pedestal above all else. For example, in the culinary world a trip to Spain’s el Bulli when it was still in full swing, or a supping of sea weed soup ...

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You Obviously Love Owls
YOLO is more than just a slightly dated acronym (you only live once) for a two syllable utterance that one might give before doing shots of Fireball whisky or using a funnel to drink... anything, but it is also the final sound in the grape name Nebbiolo (Ne...

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In Which Philosophies Clash
This week I was "fortunate" enough to taste a wine that has been lavished with a remarkable 96 points from the Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Caymus Vineyards 2012 40th Anniversary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Among'st other praises, the Advocate review ...

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Unfined, Unfiltered, Un-What?
After an exhausting few hours of climbing at the Philadelphia Rock Gym at East Falls and a super filling dinner at the Falls Taproom I was ready to finish the day in a comfortable chair with a glass of red wine a la Stanley from The Office. The wine settled...

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The Unfortunate Reputation of Sherry
Breaking through preconceived notions about wine is an onerous task, and the case in which I was reminded of this came about a few weeks ago when we did a tasting of Delgado Zuleta Sherries at the store. Tom George, the founder of Frontier Wine Imports , wa...

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Somm - Doing for Wine Professionals as Sideways did for Pinot Noir
The word sommelier has been in the English lexicon since at least the early part of the twentieth century, if not prior to that, but the evolution of sommelier into ‘somm’ is a relatively recent development. The sommelier is the stodgy unpronounceable sibli...
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