Notable Wine May be Sold?!?! What is this? Could this really be true? To whom? Why? Okay, I know you have questions, so do I. Let me first tell you that I’m more shocked than you are. After all, I kind of disappeared and left you all wondering what to drink for almost 5 years with very little to no communication over the past 2-3 years. I truly apologize and with all of the knowledge I’ve gained over the past 5 years, I look forward to making that hiatus worthwhile… but enough with the that, let’s discuss the possibility that someone wants to purchase NotableWine.com.
I can’t say I never thought this time would come, because when I began my journey with Notable Wine, it was a true passion of mine to find the Best Wine Values that were also Top Quality Wines, and share them with you, my faithful Notable Wine-ers! I also can’t say that I’m ready to sell NotableWine.com because the concept was my baby, before I had kids of my own, and I still believe in it and want to nurture it into a successful, educational, entertaining Wine Consulting (and more) Website.
So who would offer to buy Notable Wine? Another Blogger, A Wine Store, A Winery? Does it matter if they are willing to pay me thousands of dollars? Yes. While I may consider selling the Domaine Name NotableWine.com (don’t worry, I won’t just give it away, it’s got to be really worth it), it is very important to me that the concept of Notable Wine flourishes. So whoever you are, that decided to make me an offer, I would love to know what you plan to do with NotableWine.com, because, unfortunately for you, money isn’t everything to me. If you are willing to pay what I have asked in counter to your offer, then I will assume you have great plans, better than I have been able to offer the site over the past few years…but I suppose I will never be sure if you do accept my current offer!
My promise to you is this… I will continue to build Notable Wine and share Excellent Quality and Value without pretense, without stuffy jargon to make you feel like you don’t know anything about wine, and as objectively as possible. In the past, I reviewed wines that were sent to me by various sources as well as wines that I purchased in stores through my searches, so I was able to be very objective, while also having fun and learning. Over the past 5 years, I learned a great deal, and tasted some Amazing Wines, but I didn’t feel I could be nearly as objective since I was working for a great importer/distributor in the NJ/PA/DE area (Vintage Imports). Since I was getting paid to sell these wines, it wasn’t really fair for me to write about them… I couldn’t really be as objective as I would like to be, and what I always promised to be. I will say, I also wasn’t being completely fair NOT sharing some of their wines with you, so I will make sure to recap some of my favorite values in the VintageImports.com Wine Portfolio… now that I am closing that chapter of my career!
In Conclusion, you can look forward to more posts on NotableWine.com. I doubt the purchaser interested in my domaine name is willing to spend what I asked. I can’t wait to bring Notable Wine to the next level, so if you have any input, or requests… get them in… we are only a few months away from a complete overhaul!! Thank you for all of your support over the years…
Sean @ NotableWine!
I love finding out about white wines that age well… This was truly surprising! Thanks Tom!
With a lot of curiosity and an only slightly smaller amount of skepticism, I last month accepted an invitation to a vertical tasting of Prosecco, a wine that is usually drunk young and fresh. The producer so bravely putting himself and his wine on the line was Primo Franco, owner of the Nino Franco winery (Nino was his grandfather) in Valdobbiadene, the heart of the heart of classic Prosecco country.
I knew his wines to be excellent examples of the breed, with charm and elegance and fruit and an ever-so-slight hint of sweetness in the finish – lovely Proseccos, all of them, and I and a lot of other wine professionals regard his Prosecco Rustico as one of the best bargains in sparkling wine of any kind from anywhere.
And since I also knew him to be a serious winemaker, devoted to the highest standards of quality in the field…
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This blog post was very educational, and fun, I had to repost!
I was fortunate enough to go to Germany this summer, and while I was there, I drank some of the best, and oldest Riesling I have ever had, I climbed to the top of some amazing and steep Grand Cru Vineyards and enjoyed some fantastic traditional German food with of course, more excellent Riesling… I could go on, but the pictures and video tells it all… except the part when I jumped in the Mosel… yes that was after a great, late night of, once again, more excellent Riesling (and maybe some Gin…) I hope you like the video, make sure you fill your glass, it’s a little long… Cheers. Drink More Mosel Riesling!
Don’t miss this great event open to the public! I will be there to check out the scene,and to show off some excellent value wines! Check the flyer for more information… I hope to see you there! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
I came across this event, and thought I’d share… Sounds like a nice Valentines Gift!
For Immediate Release:
New Jersey Wine Festivals Hosts 2nd Annual Winter Wine Festival at the Hilton Short Hills, Friday, February 21, 2014
Winter Tasting to feature 150+ Wines plus Contemporary Jazz Live on Stage
New York, NY – January 21, 2014: New Jersey Wine Festivals will present their 2nd Annual New Jersey Winter Wine Festival at the Hilton Short Hills on Friday, February 21, 2014. The wine tasting event includes 150+ wines selected by the experts of the Wine Library, plus an array of light fare prepped by the Hilton’s AAA 4-Diamond award-wining chefs. The event also features a top contemporary jazz act performing throughout the evening, adding to the festive atmosphere.
Tasting tables located throughout the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom, Livingston Room and Patio Pavilion will feature a wide array of unique, quality wines from around the globe. Selections include wines from classic regions like Bordeaux and Rioja, plus newer styles from California, New York, Chile, Australia, and more.
”We’re delighted to return to the Hilton Short Hills with our winter tasting event featuring an array of wines curated by the experts of the Wine Library as well as tasty light accompaniments from the Hilton’s culinary team, and live music from guitarist JJ Sansavarino and his band,” notes S.W. Kimball, founder of New Jersey Wine Festivals. “For nearly a decade, our popular spring and fall wine festivals have packed the venue and we look forward to continuing the tradition with our winter event for years to come.”
Musical guest Joe “JJ” Sansavarino has reached millions with his music, touring the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. He has worked with the best in the business, both live and in the studio, and has appeared on hundreds of recordings. JJ’s music features diverse guitar styles including R&B, jazz, rock, fusion and his trademark ballad style.
In order for attendees to easily recollect and access their favorite wines from the event, this year’s festival will showcase and utilize Winevento, the free iPhone app that lets users Rate, Favorite, Save & Share wines at participating tasting events. An Android version of the app will be unveiled in early February. WiFi access will be available for attendees to download and use the app and screens placed in the venue will note users’ top-rated wines in real time.
Sponsors (to date) include: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, John Wm. Macy’s CheeseSticks, Jam’s by Kim, Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, The Naked Grape Wine, Take Things Personally, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry, Well Dressed Nut, and Wine Sisterhood.
Tickets are $79 (Final 2 Weeks: $89.) There is an additional charge of $25 per ticket for those who wish to attend an exclusive VIP Wine Class featuring a special side-by-side tasting of five select wines, led by a wine aficionado. Classes are held at 7:30pm and 8:30pm. Additionally, the Hilton Short Hills is offering a special $159 room rate to festival attendees who call 1-800-HILTONS and mention promo code: WWF.
For more details and to purchase tickets to the New Jersey Winter Wine Festival, visit http://www.newjerseywinefestivals.com or order by phone at (866) 811-4111. Space is limited and advance purchase is highly recommended as the event sold out in its inaugural year.
About New Jersey Wine Festivals
New Jersey Wine Festivals hosts elegant wine tasting events at the Hilton Short Hills. The company’s goal is to provide a wine tasting experience that allows guests to sample as many different wines as possible while enjoying great music and the company of other wine lovers. Learn more at http://www.newjerseywinefestivals.com.
Attention All Notable Wine-ers!!! Here’s a great opportunity to learn a great deal about some of the best wines in the world, from people who know how to pick, taste, and talk about good wine! Take 1 or 2 of the 1 hour classes, or just go to the Tasting… or do it all for $159!!! As long as I’m not DJing a party, I’m pretty sure I will be there… I have a feeling they are going to open up some pretty nice bottles of wine! If you’ve thought about taking wine classes, you don’t want to miss this opportunity, it really is a great deal. And Just so you know, I currently have absolutely nothing to do with this event… I hope that will change if enough of you mention my name when you reserve your tickets 😉 I just wanted to share it with all my wine lovin’ peeps out there, cuz it looks like a fun time! Cheers!
Wine Sunday October 28
Wine Classes, Wine Tastings, Wines With Dinner
We declare October 28 Wine Sunday in New Brunswick. We’re going to offer Two Classes and a Walk Around Tasting from 4 PM – 8 PM. It’s basically our own little wine festival. It’s an opportunity to have some fun, to learn a little something and, if you’re so inclined, to stock up for The Holidays!
Class: Champagne & Friends 3- 4 PM
It’s not just for launching ships you know. Champagne is one of the most celebrated wine regions in the world and also a victim of it’s own success. Yes, Champagne means celebration, but it also means serious wine! Learn about differences in grape varieties, wine making methods, and places of origin for sparkling wines. Sure, you can pour them over the head of the winning team, but it makes a seriously great dinner companion! Taste ten sparkling wines side-by side, in a sit-down tasting, guided by me, and prepare yourself to navigate some bubbly holidays. And in case you’re wondering, we’ll be pouring Dom Perignon as a reference point.
Class: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and Malbec 4:30- 5:30 PM
These are the most prominent of the Bordeaux grapes, almost always blended together, but why? How is a California Cabernet different from a Bordeaux? Why is Argentina Malbec-crazy when Bordeaux has almost forgotten about the grape? What’s with all this Cabernet Franc on the market now? And what about Washington State? I will answer all (or at least many) of your cabish questions in this sit-down comparative tasting of 10 wines with a discussion led by … me!
Walk-Around Tasting 4- 8 PM
Every year brings us new wines to get excited about. When you guys come in to dinner, Mark and I are often bursting with a million different recommendations. Here’s an opportunity to sample Mark and Francis’ new finds for late 2012. We’re going to open at least 25 bottles of wine in a walk-around style tasting. These will be new finds and new vintages of corked excitement in many different price-ranges and styles. What unites them is that the will all be selected by Mark and me to be the creme de la creme of the current vintage.
Walk around Tasting $50 ($49 credited to purchase of first case of wine)
One Class $100
Both Classes $159 (if you take both classes, the wine tasting is included)
Reserve a spot at 732-828-4444 ext 200 or JAlexHall@stageleft.com