“I like any kind of wine, but it has to be dry.” Perhaps in rebellion against the former White Zinfandel and Blue Nun days of the wine industry, the trend in favor of dry wines has skyrocketed in the past decade. Such vehement opposition against sweet wines exists that dessert wines, some of the most […]
Annacarla Berta’s first taste of grappa came right around the time that most of us would be learning to form full sentences. While spending time with her father Gianfranco in their family’s Piedmontese distillery, the then-three-year-old stuck her finger in a recently distilled batch of grappa upon her father’s insistence. Her first impression? “I don’t […]
It’s a scene that could have taken place eight minutes ago or eight decades ago, in living color or on screen: a restaurant guest orders a bottle of Champagne. The sommelier sets glasses, presents the bottle and, upon approval, retreats to his or her station to remove the cork swiftly and silently. He or she […]
In a time when more wines are available to consumers than ever before, not only are sommeliers constantly looking for new and interesting bottles, but winemakers themselves are looking for innovative, unique ways of making wine. When it comes to aging, producers are experimenting with types of oak, concrete vessel shapes, amphorae, solera systems, sur […]
The wine world landscape is pretty well laid out at this point: There’s the Old World and the New World, and while new wineries are popping up daily, the countries from which quality wines come are well established. Sure, there are esoteric winemaking countries like Slovenia and Croatia thrown in there, thanks to a new […]
There exists an Iberian grape variety, perhaps the only white grape from this peninsula to achieve “classic” status around the world. Perhaps you know it as Albariño, the lively white grape from Rías Baixas, a northwestern Spanish region that more resembles the coast of Ireland than it does the land of bull fighting and flamenco.
Since it’s tempting to assume (or perhaps “hope” is the better word) that September won’t be just as hot as the previous months have been, Labor Day weekend feels like the summer season’s grand finale. What better way to celebrate than with an impromptu getaway?
Fact: beer lovers who refuse to drink wine are missing out. Yes, of course, beer and wine are two very different beverages. Beer is brewed year-round from a variety of starches, treated more like an ever-evolving recipe to experiment with and perfect. It’s seen as a casual, (usually) unpretentious beverage, created to be delicious and […]
In recent years, it’s been impossible to get through a summer without someone bringing up the topic of chilled red wines. While it may feel like breaking the time-honored tradition of cold whites and warm reds, drinking red wine chilled can be a fun and refreshing way to explore and integrate these wines into the […]