Dave was born and raised in New York City, and at age 18 went off to College in Boston, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering Science and Applied Physics from Harvard, class of 1976. Immediately after graduating, he entered the U.S. Navy and after getting his commission as an Ensign from Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, was sent to San Diego for further training. It was there that the wine bug first bit him, and he has been a wine nut ever since.
After three years on a destroyer home ported in Pearl Harbor, HI where most of the wine available was from California, Dave was transferred for a two year tour in the Pentagon and began to explore the wines of Europe available in that great cosmopolitan city of Washington, DC. Although he loves all wine, he has a special passion for the wines of Italy.
After leaving active duty Dave attended the Wharton School in Philadelphia and received an MBA with a concentration in finance, going to work for the DuPont Company in Wilmington upon graduation. He worked for DuPont for fourteen years and a spin-off for another 6 years, all the time exploring more deeply the world of wine. Dave is now retired from both DuPont and the Navy (where he stayed in the Reserves and reached the rank of Commander) and working in the wine business, his true calling!
Nothing pleases Dave more than to share his passion for wine with his customers, and helping them to explore the wide variety of “vino” available in today's marketplace.
Wines for Autumn
Greetings to all.
Friends, Fall is just around the corner so it is time to start thinking about drinking hearty red wines while the leaves are falling. Here are some new arrivals in the store that would be perfect for those cool nights coming up.
The 2016 Bodegas Mas Alta, Priorat “Black Slate” from Spain is a full bodied red that received 93 points from the Wine Spectator, whose tasters found “licorice, toast and earth”. For $21.99 you have a beautiful red for beef, lamb or ribs on the grill.
The Vajra winery in Piedmont, Italy has just released their 2017 “Nebbiolo delle Langhe” ($24.99) which received 92 points from the Wine Spectator. This gorgeous fall red has “rose, strawberry, cherry and anise (licorice)” notes and is made from 100% Nebbiolo grapes. Ready to drink now or you can cellar it for up to 5 years or more. A baby Barolo?
From Montalcino, in Tuscany, Italy comes the 2015 Rosso di Montalcino, a real steal at $16.99, with 90 points from the Wine Spectator. They found “cherry leather and tobacco” in this gem. From 100% Brunello grapes (a clone of the Sangiovese) this pairs well with any grilled meats, especially pork, chicken and veal. 2015 was a terrific vintage in Montalcino. A baby Brunello?
Yalumba makes great wines at all price levels down under in Australia. Their 2017 Shiraz “Y Series” received 88 points from the Wine Enthusiast, who found “grape jelly, blueberry, violets and white pepper” in this full flavored red. All that for just $9.99. Amazing!
Another fabulous New World red is the 2017 Catena Malbec “Paraje Altamira”, a single vineyard entry from the great Catena winery in Argentina. For $21.99 you get “blackberry, spice and black raspberry” and 92 points from the Wine Advocate. Perfect for roast beef or roast lamb. For a splurge wine, try the 2016 Domaine de la Charbonierre, Chateauneuf du Pape ($39.99), 91 points from Wine Advocate, which found “stone fruit, milk chocolate and ripe Grenache fruit”. This is a very bold flavored, full bodied red from the Southern Rhone region of France. Will marry well with any full flavored meats such as beef, lamb, and turkey, and especially duck.
Finally if you like Pinot Noir, we have the 2016 Bethel Heights Pinot ($34.99) from the “Eola-Amity Hills” appellation in Oregon. 93 points from Wine Spectator, whose minions found “raspberry and violet aromas, black cherry, black tea and cardamom”. For roast or grilled birds such as chicken, quail, or turkey.
We have hundreds more choices from Fall drinking. So come on in and chat with us!