The Finger Lakes region in upstate New York is, without doubt, the leading wine area in the eastern United States. While it has gained international notoriety for its Rieslings, the region also produces some outstanding red wines, perhaps most notably from the Cabernet Franc grape. One of the best of the Cab Francs is from […]
For around $20 or so, this is one of the more interesting wine values from Tuscany. It’s a consistently exciting red made with Sangiovese grapes grown organically and biodynamically. Montesecondo is the name of the family farm owned by Silvio Messana and purchased by his father in 1963 in San Casciano Val di Pesa.
Of all the appellations in France’s vast and varied Loire Valley, Cheverny is one of the smallest and least known. But the area, on the eastern edge of the large Touraine region of the Loire, offers unusual and distinct wines that are well worth trying.
How many times have you opened a cold bottle of white wine, only to find that it didn’t have much taste? The problem could have been that it was simply too cold. When over-chilled wines warm five to 10 degrees, their aromas and flavors begin to emerge.
At this time of year, with the fall bounty of local vegetables in the homestretch, I like to combine them into a seafood stew.
Napa Valley is not the first place that comes to mind when I think of Sauvignon Blanc. But in cooler corners of the region, the grape does well, producing wines that can be both generous and fresh, often with some oak aging to round them off. Mondavi’s Fumé Blancs, as its Sauvignons are called, are […]
For the most part, Chardonnay is aged in oak barrels, the wood providing a level of interest and complexity that usually doesn’t exist in unoaked Chardonnays. The danger, of course, is that the oak can take over the wine with overpowering notes of butterscotch, vanilla, and other flavors that the wood can impart, especially new […]
Beyond the everyday challenges of growing grapes and making wine, Chateau Musar has faced something exceptionally difficult: war. The famed property in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley has survived the many conflicts that have raged around it over the years, producing outstanding wines that are coveted throughout the world, most notably its Chateau Musar Red.
The winelands of South Africa, as they are called, are among the most stunning landscapes in the world. Most are located in the mountain valleys and coastal areas of the Western Cape, not more than a couple hours’ drive from Cape Town. Within the region, there is considerable climate and soil variation from district to […]