"Chardonnay from Burgundy is not called Chardonnay...it's from a place, it's from a village and that's the way you start to understand wine from Europe, the Old World."
A maestro of the Manhattan sales scene, Blake Johnson is on I'll Drink to That! today. Blake has been working with the Rosenthal Wine Merchant portfolio for close to 20 years now, and for Chadderdon for several years before that. The kind of perspective he brings to the tasting table is a good example of the benefit the New York wine scene offers: the depth of experience that is out there.
This is someone who looks at the streets of New York and sees the history of great restaurants that have been here. And he saw the role of the contemporary sommelier develop over his time walking those streets knocking on doors. Blake's is a nuanced perspective, one developed over long experience. Listen to what he has to say on iTunes or find the interview on the dedicated website.
And if you are curious to learn more about the wines Blake sells and sincerely believes in then you should check out the Rosenthal Wine Merchant website.