Posts Written OnJanuary 10, 2014

Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir


A lot of cheap pinot — let’s use sub-$20 as our loose definition — has little pinot character. They can be gulplable, but they are typically strawberry-cherry juice with some alcohol. That fact is one reason that I appreciate Arrowhead Spring Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir ($18) so much. It has real pinot character for a great price. Is this the best pinot in the world or even Niagara? Of course, not. But it never lasts long when I open it. The nose starts with red cherries — ripe, tender ones — but some swirling teases earthy forest floor and raw…

Zorovich Joins the NYCR Finger Lakes Desk


You’ve probably seen the name “Paul Z” in the comments here on the site. He’s been a reader for several years and is an enthusiastic local wine lover. His full name is Paul Zorovich, and now he’s joining the NYCR staff — eventually joining Evan’s Finger Lakes-based team once he and his wife move there later this year. Paul is a New York City native but grew up on Long Island, where even though his father bought bottles from Hargrave Vineyard’s first several vintages, the family wine experience tended toward Gallo Hearty Burgundy. It wasn’t until he met his current wife…