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Grappa was always a staple in my family. My great grandfather used to make it. Grappa is awesome. So is Amaro.

Was he an Eye-tie version of a moonshiner?
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The area has had a couple of stellar weather years for big reds. I'm optimistic about the better producers.
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I've never been a fan of grappa, but I admittedly haven't had it in quite a while. The first time I thought it was going to melt a hole through my throat, and I haven't gone back.

I do keep meaning to explore digestifs a bit more though. We had dinner at Eleven Madison Park a few weeks ago, and they ended the meal by setting a bottle of apple eau de vie on the table and couple of glasses. It was a great way to end the meal.
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I've been to two food events now where a dozen or so wineries from the Finger Lakes come and pour their stuff. I don't think we've (Manton and I) tasted a bad riesling while there, and many were excellent. The reds tended to be a little more spotty, but the whites consistently great, and some of the ice-wine style rieslings were superb.

Manton and I have been seeking out some of the older Wiemer rieslings. 2006-2008's of the basic dry and semi-dry are really superb right now.


this past year, there was another winery from Long Island (or maybe the Hudson?) there, and their stuff was gross. I just had to mention it, I agree that it's in no way a representation of the area.

Let me know if you have some other suggestions. I'd definitely like to explore some of those wines a bit more--kinda cool to have such good Riesling producers so close to the city. And I'm always looking for good QPR Rieslings smile.gif
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Thanks!

Anyone going to the RieslingFeier this weekend?
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AppleMark

This was excellent after about 2 hours of decanting.
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I appreciate grappa after a meal.
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I like grappa after dinner. I was at dinner with a few SF-ers a few weeks ago and the sheer mention of grappa soured the mood at the table, and out of stubborness (I knew I was correct) I ordered some for myself. The others gave it a whirl and the overall recpetion was fairly good.



Except for mafoofan. I think it melted his tongue.
But for truly vision-inducing, tounge-cauterizing closers, find some Serbian slivovitz.
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I had slivovitz this past fall while in Croatia.  Also picked up some pelinkovak- both were a bit rough but they did the trick.  Speaking of brandy-

I had a great armagnac this July in Paris.  It was so good I took a picture. 

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/dining/reviews/red-burgundy-from-the-2010-vintage.html?ref=dining&_r=0
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Let me also say that this tasting and vintage ought to lay to rest the cliché that Burgundy, at least red Burgundy, is a minefield. Nonsense. Red Burgundy is no more of a crapshoot than any other wine region. In fact, through hard work, it has achieved a far higher level of consistency among good producers than many other vaunted regions that are never assailed by such criticism. Perhaps the stakes are higher in Burgundy because of price and scarcity, but as with anywhere else, learning who the good producers are helps to assure reliability.
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Thread Starter 
Finger Lakes quality reds were very rare from our (limited) tour. One that did impress was Ravines. Great tasting room, too.
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Galloni left the Wine Advocate. Back when I thought scores were important, I thought Galloni was one of the better "raters" there.
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Galloni left the Wine Advocate. Back when I thought scores were important, I thought Galloni was one of the better "raters" there.

He's the best. I wish him well and I'm sure he'll do great.
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apparently he's doing his own thing, and it'll be more blog like with frequent updates instead of one big newsletter. IMO, it has the chance to be 91+ points in quality (/cellartracker dig)
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http://www.antoniogalloni.com/

Looking forward to it... content starts rolling in March apparently
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