doqi Mtsvane meets Baltimore


GRAPE: Mtsvane REGION: Kakheti COUNTRY: Georgia AVE PRICE: $20

Growing up in Baltimore City is akin to fermenting on the skins, seeds, and stems.  Step up and you’ll find that diplomacy comes wrapped in a fist. We may have a blunt edge, but our honesty and big hearts charm.

I’ve been thinking that childhood is fermentation for people. Fermentation in my neighborhood required that our mothers often filter our foul mouths with soap. I’m not joking. My friend’s mother made him wash his mouth out with soap. Unfortunately, he swallowed quite a bit too much and his mother had to take him to the hospital. I assure you this taught him nothing and his mouth was dirtier than ever afterwards.

doqi Mtsvane may have been made close 6,000 miles from my hometown, but drinking this wine I have to imagine that the people of Georgia have quite a bit in common with the people of Baltimore. They must be mentally tough and have a solid work ethic. The doqi Mtsvane Qvevri 2014 is the perfect cultural fit in Baltimore. Why? Because, this wine is diverse. It’s firm, yet has an elegant charm. It’s salty and savory. It cleanses your mouth. It’s liquid gold and transcends your local. doqi is delicious on it’s own and you could sip it while you’re working the corner or overlooking the harbor from Federal Hill. It could be consumed by in a dive bar or at a fancy dinner. Like the people of Baltimore, the juice was fermented on the skins and seeds.  

Baltimoreans get yourself a bottle and grab your local favorites; crab cakes, Lake trout, chicken box, or Polock Johnny’s sausages. But honestly, my favorite pairing is still dumping a ton of @oldbay_seasoning all over a bag of salty/oily chips. We don’t get crab chips up in here (helLA) so I got to make my own.

WEB: Blue Danube

doqi Mtsvane meets Baltimore

Do you remember your first Kisi?


GRAPE: Kisi REGION: Kakheti COUNTRY: Georgia AVE PRICE: $23

The wine: doqi Kisi 2014

First comes grape, Then comes harvest, Then comes crush in a….

I can’t help myself.

When I say Kisi I can’t help but to think of my first kiss.

Do you remember yours?

I was in my friends backyard.

Probably about the age of 10. Maybe younger.

There were four of us playing on a swing set.

One of my friends asked me, “mirror mirror on the wall who’s the prettiest of them all?” I replied, “Bridgette!” Then she kissed me on the lips. Embarrassed, I ran home.

That happened. Then I spent every waking moment anxiously awaiting for my next lip encounter.

It’s true. I’m prejudice. And I’m obsessed. Obsessed with Georgian wines. I find them spiritually rewarding and intellectually stimulating. I love qvevri. Sometimes the wines are sensual and sometimes primitive.

The doqi Kisi likes air, so give it air. You’ll get apricot, orange, and tea. Some salt and oil. It’s delicious with food or by its lonesome.

Kisi is indigenous grape to Kakheti and it came close extinction by 2000 due to Soviet intervention.

WEB: Kisi Qvevri

WEB: doqi Winery

IMPORTER: @bluedanubewine


Do you remember your first Kisi?

Channing Daughters Wine Dinner


Oh what a night! One of my favorite domestic winemakers Christopher Tracy from Channing Daughters Winery, Long Island. Great night hanging with fun people @jarebearsomm (pouring) & the greatest wine salesman on earth Casey @kingfishnv of @springboardwine at the lovely @faithandflower #dtla. The Chefs along with Jared hit a grand slam with the most delicious pairings. Elk meatballs rule. Holy f***!

WEB: Channing Daughters Winery

Channing Daughters Wine Dinner

Kabaj is liquid gold.


I love skin contact and if I were on death row and had to select wine for my last meal, it would without a doubt be a wine made by Jean-Michel Morel. His wines suit my personality like no other. They give me both strength and stimulate me intellectually. I love them with or without food. They aren’t fussy and I feel like I can break through walls with my fist after one glass. My favorite is the Amfora. Aged in Georgian qvevri amphora, it is elegant and transcends whatever you think a wine should be. If you don’t like these wine, well, I probably won’t like you. More on this later.

WEB: Kabaj


Kabaj is liquid gold.

Seductive Frizzante


GRAPE: Spergola APP: Emilia Romagna COUNTRY: Italy AVE PRICE: $22

Occasionally we all take it up the ass.

Sometimes for pleasure.

Sometimes for pain.

Fortunately for us hedonist we have seductive frizzante like Cà de Noci’s Querciole to suck on.

A slight bit of ginger and some breadiness.

3 days skin contact.

Secondary fermentation in bottle.

WEB: Cà de Noci

Seductive Frizzante

2015 albariño “al basc” La Clarine Farm


GRAPE: Albariño APP: Sierra Foothills COUNTRY: USA AVE PRICE: N/A

Dear Albariño “al basc” 2015 Sierra Foothills White Wine,

I can’t get you off my mind. You’re a bottle of sunshine. You have 7 months skin contact. You’re an unfined and unfiltered beauty. You’re a mouthful of definable and undefinable flavors. You’re delicious and addictive. And if I heard Hank correctly, there are only 20 cases of you. And you’ll only be available to those on the mailing lists. If I could, I’d keep you all to myself. I know I’m selfish, but I just can’t help it. I’m fortunate to have tasted you and lucky to have 1 bottle of you. I’m saving you for a sad and rainy day, the sad will most likely come before the rain. Until then, take care.



WEB: La Clarine Farm

2015 albariño “al basc” La Clarine Farm

A little wet dog.


GRAPE: Malvasia/Ortugo/Marsanne APP: Emilia-Romagna COUNTRY: IT AVE PRICE: $20

2013 Denavolo ‘Dinavolino’ Bianco Vino da Tavola

Had another go with this slut. She won’t fail you. She’s a bit unkempt and uncouth but that’s what one really needs sometimes, isn’t it?

If you want to avoid the wet dog, some air and patience are required. In due time you won’t be able to separate this wine from your lips, sapidity for days.

A little wet dog.

Ode to Los Pilares, 2014 LaDona’s


GRAPE: Muscat APP: San Diego County COUNTRY: USA PRICE: $26

7 bottles minus 4 bottles equals 3?! I’m way too generous with my favorite juice 2014 Los Pilares LaDona’s Sparkling Muscat. This wine has gone from a full on fun slamming orgy party wine and now after sometime on its lees is now transformed into a library in a strip club. Brains, beauty, an orgasm on your tongue kind of experience. I’m declaring war on the remaining 2014 inventory. Fingers crossed the 2015 is even better after time in the bottle. My 3 remaining bottles will be used for a nude tasting I’m arranging, message me for details. 

WEB: Los Pilares Wine

Ode to Los Pilares, 2014 LaDona’s

Georgian Wine Seminar/Market Tasting


A big thank you to Pauline from Georgian Wine Seminar and Market Tasting at Republique with @bluedanubewine @wearenomadic @moderntaylor. Georgian wines tug on my soul. They evoke memories of places and experiences, I’ve had and have yet to have. Full of character, and I always feel like I have super human strength while sipping on a glass of this liquid gold. 

There are a four I’m obsessed with.

  1. Orgo Rkatsiteli: saltier than the tears of a hunted deer.
  2. Amiran Otskhanuri Sapere: burnt rubber, salty, and ballsy. More notes to come.
  3. Gotsa Chinuri Asureti: Notes to come.
  4. Pheasant’s Tears Kisi: Notes to come.


Georgian Wine Seminar/Market Tasting

2013 Vinos Ambiz Airén


GRAPE: Airen APP: Madrid COUNTRY: Spain AVE PRICE: $19

Skin contact white wines: for when you can’t get the real thing.

No negotiations.

No arguments.

No complaining.

No ambitions.

No ideas.

No disease.

Open. Pour. Enjoy.

Vino Ambiz ‘Airen’ is a living wine, a wine that has a pulse you can feel in your mouth.


2013 Vinos Ambiz Airén