Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s signature white wine. It’s the name of the grape and the wine: Austria is in the minority of European countries that call their wines by the varieties, as we do here in the U.S. France, Italy, and Spain, by contrast, mostly name their wines by appellations (Bordeaux, Chianti, Rioja, and so […]
The 2017 rosés have been trickling in for a few weeks or so, and one of the early standouts is not from Provence or the Rhône Valley in France, two bastions of pink wine, but from California’s Mendocino County — Bonterra’s Rosé 2017. Bonterra, an affiliate of Fetzer, bills itself as “America’s No.
I’ve been a fan of Schramsberg and its sparkling wines for the 15 years or so I’ve been reviewing wine, and my recent tasting of the famed California winery’s Mirabelle Brut Rosé reminded me of why. I can’t think of another American sparkling wine house that delivers with the same quality and consistency.
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 […]