We would like to hear from you whether it is to express that you enjoy this blog or that you have an inquiry.

We are open to receiving samples of wine, books, accessories and invitations to tastings if you are in the business.  If you are a private individual in the Washington D.C. area with interesting wine you want to share, please contact us as well.


  1. Susan Stiff
    September 5, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    What a pleasure to read your blog, Aaron. Kathleen suggested we follow it and I now an avid fan. The dutch wine glass article of fascinating!

    Best to you and your family,
    Susan Stiff
    Albuquerque, NM

    • September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm


      Thank you so much! I hope I continue to provide intersting posts!



      • June 5, 2014 at 7:19 am

        Aaron, Funny thing- I own a new wine shop on west 20th in Chelsea, just opened a month ago in fact. Store is called Back Label Wine Merchants. Anyways, I came across your post on Cousin Oscar from Rimbert. We just got in the new vintage and im scouring the web for some more detailed information than what I already know about the wine. It too am a big fan. Great post by the way. Just wanted you to know we enjoyed it!

      • July 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

        Thank you so much. I wish I had more on the Cousin Oscar for you. But its always a balance between historic research, researching about contemporary bottles, and well, drinking them!


  2. March 7, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Hello everyone.
    They are a small grower mountain in Italy – piedmont.
    I’m experiencing some old varieties of grapes including corbeau also called Charbono.
    I wish I could buy a few bottles of very Charbono grapes.
    Someone can help me?
    Excuse me for my bad English …

  3. August 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    May I use your reproduction of the image “Escribientes y ordenanzas del 2 Batallon del Regimiento de Cuba” (December 17, 2014) in an upcoming book?

  4. February 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    I am writing an article for the Maryland Historical Society on Baltimore Rainwater Madeira and early wine making in Maryland. In your “The Early Grapes and Wines of Maryland and New York,you quote Giovanni di Pier Andrea di Bernardo da Verrazzano on page “We saw in this country many vines growing.etc”. I’d like your permission to reprint this in my MHS article.

    • February 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      Sidney, Thanks so much for reaching out to me. Of course you have my permission. Could you reach out to me at I’d like to hear more about your article. Best, Aaron

  5. David
    February 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    I see you have reproduced the officers mess cartoon, is that free to use or subject to crediting an agency etc…?

  6. July 29, 2017 at 10:41 am

    First in french and then in “Google globish”

    Votre dossier est très intéressant.
    Collectionneur de tire-bouchons, j’ai moi aussi un blog : le blog des tire-bouchons.
    Je suis membre (et actuel président) du Club Français du Tire-Bouchon.
    Je m’intéresse particulièrement aux premières décennies de la conquête du monde par les tire-bouchons et serais heureux de discuter avec vous sur ce sujet.
    Pourriez-vous me contacter par mail, svp ?
    D’avance merci.

    Your record is very interesting.
    Collector of corkscrews, I also have a blog: le blog des tire-bouchons
    I’m a member (and current president) Club Français du Tire-Bouchon (CFTB).
    I’m particularly interested in the first decades of the conquest of the world by the corkscrews and would be happy to discuss with you on this subject.
    Could you email me, please? Thank you in advance.
    Best regards,

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