What’s better than wine? Wine with bubbles, of course! The sparkling wine trend is booming. In 2015, Americans consumed over 21 million cases of wine, according to the Wine Institute. For winemakers, this means two things: First of all, there’s a much bigger reward in focusing on producing excellent sparkling wine, since consumers are clamoring […]
Wilkommen in Deutschland, home of bratwurst, Oktoberfest, and above all, the greatest beers in the world. This week, we’re looking to Cologne, Germany’s fourth-largest city and the beer-drinking capital of the world. Home to more than 10 million people, Cologne is a cultural hub in Germany; the city boasts over 30 museums, hundreds of galleries, and an […]
Wine and Thanksgiving is the perfect combination and while you might instinctively think your go-to bottle should be of the red variety, white wine – especially German Riesling – is actually a perfect accompaniment to the entire Thanksgiving meal. Watch the video above and learn all about how to expertly pair white wine with every […]
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.
You don’t need to travel north to Germany to find an Oktoberfest complete with steins full of lager, a tent rooftop, and beer maids serving hundreds of thousands of people while wearing dirndls and lederhosen. In fact, you can go the complete opposite way: all the way down south to Brazil. Blumenau, Brazil, a city […]
Tasting wine is much simpler than you think. It all comes to to Seeing, Smelling and Sipping. So don’t get intimidated, just watch this video, see how it’s done, and then taste wines like a pro!
Maybe the most interesting thing about Germany’s annual tradition of appointing a “Wine Queen” is the fact that it’s not even the weirdest kind of queen the country appoints. Every spring, various German towns hold an asparagus festival, electing their own regional Asparagus Queens. Not everyone’s a fan of asparagus, but a Wine Queen we […]
Sunday evening, I met an old friend for hot dogs and beers. It was every bit as delightful as you’d imagine save for one small conversational digression regarding foreign travel, of which I’ve done very little. I try to keep my maniacal adventure-envy under control—the key, I’ve found, is avoiding Anthony Bourdain shows and workplaces […]
Let’s debunk a common misconception right off the bat, not all Riesling is sweet. That is especially true if the wine comes from Germany, its ancestral home.