Apr 062015
Dinner at Le Diplomate

This weekend we caught up with some old friends over dinner at Le Diplomate. This relatively new French place in the Logans Circle area of DC has received a lot of good press and it was on our list for places to try. So when my best friend’s wife picked it for his surprise birthday […]

Feb 162015
Pinot Noir for a Healthy Lifestyle

A fantastic source for information on Pinot Noir is The Prince of Pinot, published by retired physician William “Rusty” Gaffney. Since retiring from his practice in 2001, Dr. Gaffney has written the PinotFile, an online newsletter exclusively devoted to Pinot Noir. As a retired doctor, Gaffney has long been interested in research attempting to document […]

Dec 172014
Me and Merry

Last week Gabriele and I enjoyed a special wine dinner event. Merry Edwards, one of the most respected and recognized producers of California Pinot Noir, was in town and attending a dinner featuring her wines. The event was held at La Bergerie in Old Town Alexandria. Merry Edwards was a pioneer in producing high quality […]

Nov 022014
Calvert Woodley Fall Wine Sale

Having grown up in Connecticut, I’ve always loved fall. One fall tradition I really enjoy here in the greater Washington, DC region is the Calvert Woodley fall wine sale. When the weather turns cooler, I know their impressive catalogue will soon be arriving at my door. More than just a listing of sale items, it’s […]

Sep 212014
The Long Tail Wine Post

The rise of the Internet made popular the concept of the long tail — serving a great number of interests and niches individually small in number but collectively making up a significant population. A long tail strategy is the opposite of offering a few products broadly popular to a mass market. Long tail in the […]

Jun 232014
Niagara Falls Wines

My latest WashingtonExec column published today. I was in Canada earlier this month and had a chance to visit some vineyards on the Niagara peninsula. Vineyards reviewed are Peller Estates, Trius Vineyards and Inniskillin. None of these three offered a red that I found impressive, but there were some very enjoyable Rieslings and ice wines. […]

May 052014
Remarkable Ripasso

It’s rare for me to do a story on a single wine. But recently my wife and I enjoyed the 2009 Accordini Ripasso Valpolicella and she pronounced it “the best Italian wine I’ve ever had.” So clearly a post was required! I’ve written previously about some Ripassos that were good wines and also good values. […]

Mar 262014
The Making of a Terroirist

My latest Wine and Dine column published yesterday in WashingtonExec. It’s a Q&A with David White, founder of the popular Terroirist wine blog and chief operating officer of DC-based Keybridge Communications. I really enjoyed this interview, because it was a “two-fer” for me. In less than four years David has built the “Best Overall Wine […]

Mar 162014
A Wine World Kerfuffle, and DC #1 in Consumption

A noisy debate is currently going on inside the U.S. wine scene. It was touched off by a tasting at the Symposium of Professional Wine Writers held recently in Napa. Here’s reporting from David White at Terroirist and Alder Yarrow at Vinography. The gist as I understand it — there was a tasting of lesser […]

Jan 242014
What's the State of the Wine Industry in 2014?

Today my latest wine column published in WashingtonExec. I look at the predicted state of the wine industry in 2014 based on the annual report put out by Silicon Valley bank. This report has been published since 2010 and is full of interesting primary data. One of the more sobering predictions is something I covered […]

Jan 142014
2014 Resolutions for the Wine World

Joe Roberts of 1WineDude is one of the wine bloggers I follow via RSS. Last week he was interviewed by another local wine enthusiast, Laurie Forster. Forster publishes a site called the Wine Coach and hosts a Baltimore radio program on 1090 AM. In the interview they discuss their 2014 resolutions for the wine industry. […]

Dec 292013
Chrisparente.com 2013 Readers' Choice Awards

2103 was a busy year for my Chrisparente.com site. According to WordPress JetPack statistics, as of this morning it has received 63,469 views. The site has also achieved a global Alexa ranking of 265,477, and a U.S. ranking of 65,990.  Each year since 2008 my traffic has grown, and I send a big thank you […]