It’s the end of a long work week and it’s finally time for a treat yourself moment. You’ve been eyeing a bottle of wine at your favorite wine shop for weeks, and even though it’s a bit above your price range, you go for it. Back in your apartment, you put on some nice music.
Undoubtedly the most important red grape of Spain, Tempranillo has secured its place among the major varieties of the world, holding its own among even international grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. But did you know that there is actually more Tempranillo hiding on wine lists and shop shelves than you think? Though the […]
As much as female winemakers are discussed today, the world of wine has historically been dominated by men. The phrase “& Fils,” appended to the family name of many French domaines, exemplifies the tradition of handing the family business from father to son, generation after generation. The southern Rhône’s Domaine de Montvac, however, follows a matrilineal […]
They say that everything’s bigger in Texas, and while the state’s wine industry may not be quite bigger than California’s, or Washington’s, or Oregon’s, it certainly has come a long way in a short amount of time.
Everyone needs a bottle of wine that is dependable for all occasions, the kind that should be stashed in the fridge or the wine rack at all times for unexpected guests, impromptu get-togethers, or that “I deserve a glass of wine right now” moment. It should be affordable, versatile, and, above all, delicious. In the […]
Let’s be honest: There’s a lot of mediocre Côtes du Rhône out there. The large, hot region is full of vineyards that easily produce lots of very ripe grapes, and for that reason, the wines tend to be more value-driven than quality-driven. That’s not to say that the Côtes du Rhône is merely a bulk-wine […]
When I worked at a small, neighborhood wine shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, our most popular shelf by far was the $15-and-under rack.
PSA: It’s time to stop eating big-brand, commercial pasta. It’s tempting to stand in front of the wall of brands and shapes and colors in the grocery store pasta aisle, stocking the pantry while the 5 for $5 special is on, but trust us – there’s a better way!
Here’s an unpopular opinion: I hate New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This wine has a tendency to be completely overblown yet somehow also generic-tasting at the same time. Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is almost always overly fruity, aggressively herbaceous (if you can even categorize that signature jalapeño-cat pee stink as “herbaceous”), and far too boozy.