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I moved to NYC when I was 19, and immediately began working full-time on my BA while working at Gotham Wines & Liquors.  Within a few months, I went from stocking shelves to being a buying agent.  I quickly took on more responsibility, where my marketing, sales and business talents helped me to eventually run the store as Director of Operations.

During my career, I have run many formal wine tastings - including selecting, pairing and presenting wines and other alcoholic beverages to many organizations. Topics have ranged from Rare Boutique Wines from Around the World to Wine & Chocolate to Great Wines Paired with Authentic Ethnic Foods.

My creative sensibilities have helped to start many wine trends.  I helped initiate local interest in lesser known varietals and producers. Often been quoted in the Wine Spectator, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wine and Spirits, Beverage Media, Food & Wine, for my recommendations.  

Certified Sommelier

Sake Sommelier

Wine Educator

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wine Tasting March 3, 2010 - Part II

Benziger Family Wines


Signaterra Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Russian River


Peaches, lime,

Citrus, herbs.

Great balance, mineral, acidity.




Signaterra Pinot Noir 2007

Russian River


Intense garnet color,

Bright fruit

Firm on the palate, nice acidity,

Lingering finish.



Signaterra 3 Blocks 2006

‘Bordeuax Blend’


64% Cabernet Sauvignon – 36% Merlot


Cocoa, tobacco,

Plum, cassis, coffee

Big intense flavor on the palate, great tannins.




Wine Tasting morning of March 3, 2010

Colli di Lapio

Romano Clelia

DOC 2008

Fiano di Avelino

High altitude vineyards

Appple, pear, lemon, herbs

Clean, citrus, fresh acidity. Great balance superb wine.

Long mineral finish.

At $24.00 it might seem like a big investment for a Fiano but it disserves every single penny as well as every one of the Tre Bicchieri that was awarded.




Toscana IGT 2008

Rosso, by Bibi Graetz


100% Sangiovese,

Dark purple intense color

Plum, Cassis, Black Currant

Darker notes, forest brush.

Medium body, bright fruit on the palate, cherries, unripe plum, noticeable wood tannins.

Well made, great bargain for $10.00



Masserie Pisari

Salento Rosso IGT 2007



Dark intense garnet color

Mature fruit on the nose,

Black cherries

Medium body, soft round typical negroamoro.

Ok for the price, nothing impressive. Under $12.00

Very sure will develop and open up more with time.




Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley 2007


Only made on better vintages with a total production of less than 500 cases.

Dark purple intense color

Dark berry (cassis, black berries), coffee, vanilla,

Full body, great fruit on the palate, soft tannins,

Great, Great, Great!!!

Around $35.00 or less.




Costas Mouzouras

Wine Director