Another year, another set of New Year’s resolutions (also known as a set of promises that we’ll vehemently make on January 1, only to be forgotten before February rolls around). Atop most of these lists is the annual vow to lose weight, which usually coincides with the immediate nixing of any and all booze. It’s […]
Who else is exhausted from a month of holiday parties, dinners, and other assorted wine-laden celebrations? But just when you’ve tossed out the sweets, traded in artichoke dip for steamed broccoli, and vowed to drink a heck of a lot more water, you see it: a half-consumed wine bottle from that last New Year’s toast. […]
The biggest bubbly day of the year is here again! But with the festivities comes the familiar dilemma: What to pop as the clock strikes 12? Large Champagne houses are passé, grower Champagnes are expected, and you probably drank all the pet-nat over the summer. So what bottle will secure the spot as the star of the […]
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 […]