Panic, like airfare prices and cranberry sauce consumption, skyrockets this time of year. A friend tasked with picking up the red wine for a Thanksgiving feast of eight recently called in a near-frenzy, saying he had hardly a clue what to bring. It’s a question I get around this time every year.
Since its first wines were released in 2002, Shinn Estate Vineyards on Long Island’s North Fork has been a force in the region. Until the winery arrived on the scene, the Long Island wine industry hadn’t been shaken up much since the early 1970s when it started. Although there were dozens of vineyards, they were […]
There may not be a better widely available American white wine for versatile everyday drinking than Pine Ridge’s Chenin Blanc + Viognier blend. I’ve been sampling this wine for years, and the 2015 is as good as it’s ever been. Pine Ridge is a Napa Valley mainstay, best known for its reds, especially its Cabernet […]
I have no doubt that someone has calculated how much sparkling wine will be consumed on Valentine’s Day, but let’s just round things off and say that it will be an ocean of bubbly. I can’t think of a wine-growing country or region that doesn’t produce sparkling wine, and that’s the point: The choices are […]
Ah, rosé. For half a dozen years or so, blush wines have been the rage, popping up on store shelves in April and May like so many crocuses, daffodils and tulips. The colors add up to a gorgeous spring mosaic with seemingly endless hues of copper, pink and salmon. Brad and Angelina have even pushed […]
Bordeaux can mean greatness. For me, the image was reinforced not long ago when the New York wine collector George Sape invited a few dozen Bordeaux enthusiasts to a dinner at the French consulate to benefit Cité du Vin, an ambitious new world wine center (in the shape of a decanter) nearing completion in the […]
In the world of sparkling wine, Champagne stands alone. A glass of good Champagne offers a unique experience, based on terroir-driven complexity and refinement that is unmatched and instantly recognizable. But let’s also remember that Champagne comes at a relatively steep price.
Let’s be honest. Who doesn’t go for that extra glass or two of wine as the holidays kick into high gear and the parties start piling up? Wine, after all, is an irresistible lubricant; it helps us ease into the holiday spirit and celebrate (or tolerate) the season. But we all know there can be […]