My first and only trip to Chianti was a disaster. Mechanical issues, delayed flights, and endless rebooking lines delayed the arrival of an already short trip by almost a full day, landing me in a gray, rainy Florence shortly before sunset. I lamented the sights (and glasses of wine) that I was missing through the […]
For many of us, the second a wine list is placed in our hands at a restaurant, we begin to panic. Ordering wine at a restaurant piles on the pressure. Will everyone at the table like our selection? How does retail pricing measure up to restaurant fees? Can the somm tell I don’t really know […]
For many drinkers, Côtes du Rhône wines are a happy medium. They aren’t the standard Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon, but they taste friendly. They’re easy to find, but not too “common.” They won’t break the bank, but they aren’t cheap plonk, either. The problem with Côtes du Rhône, however, is that it’s a blanket […]
Italian whites are making a comeback, and not just because of hipster wines like Etna Bianco and Friulano. As a sommelier, I received just as many requests for Vernaccia and Gavi as I did Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio. Soave has been familiar to many white wine lovers since the 1980s, but with new energy […]
If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Prosecco is a raucous, Mimosa-filled brunch, you aren’t alone. For many Americans, value is the name of the game in the large Prosecco category, where many bottles cost $10 to $15 and can be found at the average liquor shop or grocery store.
While cool-climate Austria is known for its white wines, its reds are intriguing as well, particularly from the charming and versatile Zweigelt grape. Created in the 1920s by crossing Austria’s two other most prominent red grape varieties, Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent, Zweigelt is now the most planted red grape in the country.
When news of the viral Forty Ounce Rosé hit last spring, I scoured New York wine shops to get my hands on a bottle. Midtown, downtown, Brooklyn — everywhere I checked, it was sold out. Ironically, it was when I had given up on trying the viral sensation that I wandered into my local shop […]
Across France, domaines are appended with et fils (“and sons”), referencing the children who joined the family business along the way. A list of Italy’s top wines largely reads as a string of male names, speaking to the men who built the wineries. Winemaking daughters, however, were historically hard to come by. For instance, when […]
There’s a lot of jargon associated with wine, particularly with winemaking. Do most wine drinkers really need to be able to tell if a wine undergoes a punch-down versus a pump-over? For those who don’t plan to get a degree at UC Davis, most of these terms don’t matter very much. One to keep in […]