Blind tasting at Mundus Vini 2016

By Panos Kakaviatos for 21 February 2016 in Neustadt, Germany We began businesslike. Our chair, German sommelier Jochen Benz, who tastes with the Grand Jury Europeen, spoke not a word during the entire first flight, which proved a bit disconcerting. We began with two “warm up” wines, and thought that we would have discussed these […]

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No crystal balls: assessing prenatal 2014 Burgundy

16 November 2014 By Panos Kakaviatos for I always enjoy tasting the pre natal wines of the Hospices de Beaune with Michael Apstein, M.D., who is a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, a wine educator for more than 20 years, a freelance contributor to many national magazines, James Beard Award winner for wine […]

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