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Ben Giliberti

Ben Giliberti

WineTasteTV's Ben Giliberti has been writing about wine for 20-plus years and has been drinking and collecting it a lot longer than that. His columns and recommendations on wine and spirits have appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Providence Journal and other newspapers across the country. His thoughts on dining and travel have been published in the Wine Spectator, The Wine News, Wine & Spirits, Cigar Aficionado, Washington Flyer and other magazines.

Giliberti has traveled throughout the vineyards of Europe and United States and has written widely on subjects related to wine and the culture of food and wine throughout the world. Although he loves wines of all kinds, his 2,000-bottle personal wine collection focuses on the great red wines of Bordeaux, and more particularly, the classified growths of the Medoc, Graves, St-Emilion and Pomerol, as well as the great reds of Italy and the whites of Burgundy. He began his journalism career as an undergraduate at Yale, covering ice hockey for WYBC, the campus radio station. He is working on a screenplay and novel based on his experiences in the world of wine.

Videos Featuring Ben Giliberti:

Emmanuel Cruse, Chateau d'Issan

Emmanuel Cruse, Chateau d'Issan

It was served at the marriage of Alienor d'Aquitaine in the middle ages, praised by princes in the 18th century, and the favorite of an Austrian emperor almost two centuries ago. Now, Chateau d'Issan is considered a sexy and modern easy-drinking wine. Emmanuel Cruse talks about his favorite vintage in recent history.  More »

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Wine Talk: A-F 7:07
Angelo Gaja

Angelo Gaja

Angelo Gaja revolutionized winemaking in the Piedmont and sparked innovation throughout Italy. In this candid interview, Gaja shares his rich personal history and winemaking philosophy with Ben Giliberti.  More »

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Wine Talk: G-K 7:29
Vintage Champagne from Small Growers

Vintage Champagne from Small Growers

What the big deal about vintage champagne? Is it really worth the added cost? Ben Giliberti gives you the inside dope by tasting five distinctive and exciting vinatge champagnes.  More »

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Wine Regions: Tastings 9:05
Blanc de Blanc vs Blanc de Noir

Blanc de Blanc vs Blanc de Noir

With all those tiny bubbles, it's easy to forget that champagne is wine like any other, with lots of subtle nuances of flavor and aroma. Ben Giliberti gets to the heart of the matter by comparing chardonnay versus pinot noir based champagne.  More »

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Tastings: Champagne/Sparkling Wine 8:10
Rose Champagne

Rose Champagne

Champagne is one of the world's most festive wines. But, make it pink and you've got an instant party! Ben Giliberti tastes three delicious champagnes that are pretty in pink.  More »

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Tastings: Champagne/Sparkling Wine 7:13
Non-Vintage Champagne

Non-Vintage Champagne

Non-vintage brut is the backbone of the champagne industry, and for good reason. These elegant wines are blended from the best vintages and vineyards to give customers consistently delicious results. Ben Giliberti tastes through several small grower champagnes.  More »

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Tastings: Champagne/Sparkling Wine 7:18
Dominique Befve, Chateau Lascombes

Dominique Befve, Chateau Lascombes

Since winemaker Dominique Befve joined Chateau Lascombes, this legendary Margaux chateau has wowed the critics with its lush, drink me now style. Ben Giliberti asks whether this youthful appeal will pass the test of time.  More »

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Wine Talk: A-F 5:12
How to Open Champagne

How to Open Champagne

Opening champagne can be a risky affair. Ben Giliberti shows you how it's really done. Caution and finesse are the keys to success, so don't risk losing any delicious bubbly -or an eye.  More »

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Wine 101: Education 1:43
Small Grower Champagne

Small Grower Champagne

Krug, Cristal, and Moet et Chandon are household names. But, small grower champagne has rapidly emerged in the marketplace? Ben Giliberti shares his thoughts on the advantages and drawbacks of champagne from grower-run champagne houses.   More »

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Tastings: Champagne/Sparkling Wine 2:30
2005 Bordeaux Debut

2005 Bordeaux Debut

Do the 2005 Bordeaux live up to the hype that's been building ever since the harvest? Ben Giliberti takes you behind the scenes at the Union of Grand Cru tasting to get the inside story from top Chateau owners.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 3:45
Saint Julien Second Labels

Saint Julien Second Labels

For fine Bordeaux on a budget, second labels offer Saturday night style on a Tuesday night budget. Ben Giliberti tastes three Saint Julien offerings from 2004 with elegant style at a reduced price.  More »

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Wine Regions: France 5:54
Margaux Times Two

Margaux Times Two

Nobody balances oak with fruit better than the winemakers of Bordeaux. Tasting wines from the 2004 vintage of the prestigiuos Margaux region, Ben Giliberti samples two wines that are on two opposite ends of the oak spectrum. One wine shows lots of oak, one very little, but they're both delicious and both perfect examples of classic Margaux style.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 5:01
Chateau Lagrange First vs. Second

Chateau Lagrange First vs. Second

Same vintage. Same winemaker. Ben Giliberti does a side-by-side tasting of the 2004 Fief de Lagrange and Chateau Lagrange. Saddled between two great vintages, do the 2004's deliver great quality and value?  More »

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Wine Regions: Bordeaux 5:27
Bruno Eynard, Chateau Lagrange

Bruno Eynard, Chateau Lagrange

As the new head winemaker for the acclaimed Chateau Lagrange, Bruno Eynard knows more than a little about great Bordeaux wines. Now, he sits down with Ben Giliberti to discuss the recent vintages from this historic Grand Cru winery.   More »

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Wine Talk: A-F 3:50
Classified Growth Bordeaux Tasting

Classified Growth Bordeaux Tasting

Wine Taste TV's Ben Giliberti continues with his 2004 Bordeaux tastings with two moderately priced offerings: Haut Batailley and La Tour Carnet.  More »

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Wine 101: Education 5:24
Right Bank Bordeaux Tasting

Right Bank Bordeaux Tasting

Wine Taste TV's Ben Giliberti takes us to the Right Bank, with two merlot dominated Bordeaux offerings from 2004: Chateau D'Aiguilhe and La Tour Figeac.   More »

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Wine 101: Education 3:29
Gevrey Chambertin, Robert Groffier 2005

Gevrey Chambertin, Robert Groffier 2005

Ben Giliberti tastes a 2005 red Burgundy from the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. Some of the grandest wines of this commune are among the longest-lived red wines of Burgundy and require lots of aging to show their best. But this village level Gevrey-Chambertin has lots of bright cherry fruit and is deliciously ready to drink now.  More »

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Wine 101: Education 2:26
Morey St Denis Aux Charmes, Amiot Pere et Fils

Morey St Denis Aux Charmes, Amiot Pere et Fils

Ben Giliberti tastes this well structured 2005 red Burgundy from the commune of Morey Saint-Denis, which sits between Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny. Just over the border from Gevrey-Chambertin, it offers a similarly powerful style in this award winning vintage.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 2:59
Chambolle-Musigny, Hudelot-Noellat

Chambolle-Musigny, Hudelot-Noellat

Ben Giliberti tastes this elegant 2005 red Burgundy from Chambolle-Musigny. Along with Volnay, Chambolle-Musigny produces the most fragrant wines of Burgundy, and this wine offers notes of violets and sweet fruit on the nose.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 3:27
Clos Vougeot Musigni, Gros Frere et Soeur

Clos Vougeot Musigni, Gros Frere et Soeur

Ben Giliberti loves this powerful and age-worthy 2005 Clos Vougeot. Gros Frere is among the most conscientious Clos Vougeot producers and owns one of the best parcels of vineyard land, just beneath the slope of the legendary grand cru Musigny.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 2:15
Vosne-Romanee, Hudelot-Noellat

Vosne-Romanee, Hudelot-Noellat

Ben Giliberti reviews this classy 2005 red Burgundy from Hudelot-Noellat. Many consider Vosne-Romanee to be the single best commune of Burgundy, offering a balance of power and subtlety allied with silky fruit.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 2:16
Nuits-St Georges, Henri Gouges

Nuits-St Georges, Henri Gouges

Ben Giliberti tastes two 2005 Nuits St Georges from legendary Burgundy producer Henri Gouges. Les Chenes-Carteaux and Clos des Porrets are built for the long haul, and these two premier cru will be at their best in 10 to 15 years.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 4:08
Beaune Clos de la Mousse, Bouchard

Beaune Clos de la Mousse, Bouchard

Ben Giliberti tastes this ready to drink 2005 red Burgundy. Although Beaune is best known for its white wines, this lighter style red from Bouchard Pere et Fils is quite appealing in 2005.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 2:32
Corton-Renardes, Prince de Merode

Corton-Renardes, Prince de Merode

Ben Giliberti tastes this fabulous 2005 red Burgundy from the prestigious Prince de Merode. Corton is the only gran cru that produces both red and white Burgundies and although this wine is delicious now, it will continue to improve for a decade or more.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 2:31
Pommard Clos de la Platiere, Prince de Merode

Pommard Clos de la Platiere, Prince de Merode

Ben Giliberti tastes this 2005 red Burgundy from the prestigious domain of Prince de Merode and finds it remarkably ready to drink now. With forward fruit, the reds of Pommard are among the most popular Burgundies and this complex, superbly defined wine will improve in the cellar over the next five to seven years.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 3:06
Volnay-Caillerets, Pousse d'Or

Volnay-Caillerets, Pousse d'Or

Ben Giliberti tastes an outstanding 2005 red Burgundy from the highly regarded Domaine Pousse d'Or. Along with Chambolle-Musigny, Volnay produces the most intensely fragrant wines of Burgundy. This Volnay-Caillerets has a remarkable bouquet of spring flowers, violets, and cherry- strawberry fruit.   More »

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Wine Regions: France 2:09
Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Rouge, Jean Marc Pillot

Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Rouge, Jean Marc Pillot

Ben Giliberti evaluates this 2005 red Burgundy from the up-and-coming domain of Jean Marc Pillot. Although Chassagne-Montrachet is better known for white wines, it's reds can be complex and extremely interesting. The Morgeot premier cru produces some of the best red wines of the appellation.  More »

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Wine Regions: France 2:32
Sassicaia and Le Difese

Sassicaia and Le Difese

The Sassicaia cabernet sauvignon blend from the Bolgheri has been wowing wine lovers since 1968. Now Ben Giliberti tastes the 2004 Sassicaia alongside its newest sibling: Le Difese, an everyday drinking wine from the same property and same winemaking team - for a fraction of the cost.  More »

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Wine Regions: Italy 3:49

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