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September 10, 2014 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

Memorable Wine Quotes from the Famous Drinkers Who Loved it Best

Since the earliest civilization’s roamed the earth, a hardy glug of wine has been a dependable precursor to some history’s most brilliant (and brilliantly dumb) utterances. Successful lines of immortalized grape-speak have come from the most prolific drinkers of the stuff—from Thomas Jefferson to Henny Youngman, wine has inspired an array of ideas on the subject (and it even pushed Noah to “uncover” himself when… read on.

[This article first appeared on FirstWeFeast.com/drink on August 23, 2014]

January 25, 2010 2 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

Union Square Wines and Their Wine-Tasting Extravaganzas

Jonny with Dan Aykroyd at USQ

This is an old image from 2009 of Mr. Dan Aykroyd and myself, at one of the many wine tastings held weekly at Union Square Wines (USQ) in Union Square, NYC.

At another USQ wine event, Kermit Lynch was on-site with a wide selection of his favorite wines. Lynch himself was full of witty charm and conversation. The man has done for wine what Billy Graham has done for Christianity. His book, “Adventures on the Wine Route” presents a marvelous, insightful journey into the cellars of winemakers across France’s wine regions—a must read for anyone even remotely interested in wine.

At a recent “mega-tasting,” the following wines were offered: Scholium Project, Domaine Ostertag, Robert Foley, and Shelter, as well warming reds from Hestan, Orin Swift, Charles Cimicky, Anthill Farms, Catena, and Di Majo Norante, as well as a few more.

The benefit of attending such an event is simple: try before you buy—and the tastings have been free. I recommend joining the USQ mailing list, and I hope to see you there! More info: www.unionsquarewines.com