Entries by Mark Middlebrook

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Why We Love: Blaufränkisch/Kékfrankos

Imagine a grape variety that gives you the silkiness and grace of pinot noir; the dark fruits, pepper, and floral notes of syrah; and the joyous lift and moderate alcohol of gamay. This grape shares nebbiolo’s knack for making a variety of wines–everything from easy everyday wines to important site-specific ones, not to mention singular […]

Regional Roundup: Greece (and Cyprus)

Homer, by my count, mentions wine at least 87 times in The Odyssey–and that’s not including “the wine-dark sea,” his oft-repeated epithet for the Mediterranean. Oh, what I would give to have been invited into Odysseus’s wine cellar: And there, standing in close ranks against the wall, Were jars of seasoned, mellow wine, holding the […]

Celebrating Holidays: Bubbles for Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re looking to enhance your Valentine’s Day dinner or simply toast with a loved one, Paul Marcus Wines has a range of sparkling wines from which to choose. Here are a few of our favorite bubbly bottles. Filipa Pato & William Wouters ‘3B’ Extra Bruto Rosé (Portugal – $18) Portuguese native winegrower Filipa Pato […]


Regional Roundup: The Dry White Wines of Hungary, Part II: Somló, Hajós-Baja, Mátra, Badacsony

Last month, I wrote about dry wines (and one sweet ringer) from Tokaj, in northeast Hungary. This month, we’ll fan out into other Hungarian wine regions and explore more of the dazzling plethora of characterful indigenous grapes, wine regions (many of them, like Tokaj, with volcanic soils), and small, family-run producers. Most Hungarian white wines […]

Celebrating Holidays: Sparkling Sippers

Here are two of our core Paul Marcus Wines propositions: Sparkling wine is wine. Wine is food. Hence, the inescapable syllogistic conclusion: Sparkling wine is food. Yes, sparkling wine is a celebration and a toast and a font of joy and conviviality in this and all other holiday seasons. But it’s also a worthy addition […]