Put down the Budweiser. It’s time to toast America with wine this summer because the Good ‘Ole USA is now consuming more wine than any other nation, and American producers are pumping out arguably the coolest bottles around.
Let’s establish some definitions: a sommelier is a server in a restaurant who has charge of wines and their service. Sommeliers sell wine at food or booze-centric environments. A sommelier is not your wine-collecting uncle, some blogger, or your friend who just took a wine course and now has a fancy, golden “sommelier” diploma.
It’s a common scenario: In search of a wine for dinner tonight, a red with a good-looking label and interesting description catches your eye. Let’s call it “Forlorn Hope Suspiro del Moro.” The bottle is in your hands–consumer research shows you’re 80% of the way to buying it – when the price tag catches your […]
Chianti is the historical $1 slice of pizza of Italy. It’s been around since the Italian Renaissance, wild variations in quality exist, and now the hipsters are into it.
The wine spritzer has been around for centuries, and it’s not just a beverage for soccer moms and crazy great-aunts anymore. Recipes abound, sometimes featuring trendy ingredients like Lillet or passion fruit and it’s a great way to add bubbles to your wine with just the simple addition of club soda.
Whether you love or hate the world’s most famous fortified wine, Port is more than just a sugary red responsible for epic hangovers.
California’s current drought is in its 4th year, and as NASA and other governing bodies declare a State of Emergency and decry the lack of water in the Golden State in the style of Chicken Little, the sky is not falling–at least not for many of the state’s grape growers.
White Zinfandel is the Paris Hilton of wine: cheap, intolerably stupid, yet somehow still fashionable and newsworthy years after her reality show was cancelled. Like the child of hotel billionaires, this pink vinous equivalent was also an afterthought. In 1972, in an oft-forgotten sliver of Northern California known as Amador County, Sutter Home created their […]
I wasn’t sure if this was a date. Yes, We’d done the usual song and dance but we could just be “hanging out.” It was 2013 after all. What I did know was that this ambiguity was leading me toward finishing half a bottle of cheap Riesling while straightening my hair.