Sometimes it seems like a second language is required in order to adequately discuss wine. How can a liquid be “dry”? What do we mean by “body”? And what exactly is “tannin”?
Growing up, I always wished I were Italian. Don’t misunderstand me; I love my German heritage, but there was always a little part of me that was envious of my friends’ lilting last names, multi-course Christmas Eve dinners, and brash yet lovable family members. But the real reason that I longed to live la dolce […]
When it comes to cooking with wine, conventional wisdom suggests a tried and true rule: one for the dish, two for the chef. But the truisms don’t end there, and some of them are downright contradictory. We’ve all heard that you should never cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink (thank you, Ina Garten!), but then, who wants to […]
Another election has come and gone, and as it has been for the past 228 years, the president-elect of the United States is once again a man. While we’ve made such promising, tantalizing cracks in the surface of the ultimate glass ceiling — there was, after all, a female candidate on the ballot, which can’t […]
German wine is nearly synonymous with Riesling, but there’s one region in Germany where Riesling is actually a rarity. South of the more famed regions of Mosel and Rheingau, and just miles across the border from Alsace, is Germany’s warmest, sunniest region: Baden.
Not all bubbly is created equal, so while ”champagne” is often used as a general term to describe all sparkling wine, true Champagne can only come from the small northern region of Champagne, France. Born largely by accident and, more accurately, climate, Champagne was considered to be a faulty wine hundreds of years ago when […]
“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 […]