When we hear the term Cult Wine in California we often relate it to cult cabs. Big, full bodied small production Cabernet Sauvignon based wines with high alcohol and a good amount of oak, that almost masks the inherent pepper-like characteristic of the variety. But in the 1990’s another cult wine rose to the top: […]
Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, Malbec has become one of the most popular wine imports to the American market. I had a wine shop from 2007 until 2013 and for a full seven years every time I looked at my sales Malbec always came out on top. The wine is easy on the […]
I am not a sommelier. And I do not pretend to be one. I am a wine lover, a wine geek and an enthusiast. I am self taught.
The world of wine can be confusing to those who are either just getting into it or those who just want to enjoy good wine. For the latter it is even more confusing because the industry is a-twitter with buzzwords intended to lure us into a purchases. Sometimes these marketing tactics are even pretty shady.
Ever had a Super Tuscan? Ever wondered what the hell that means? In short, the term can be attributed to the media and the origin of that term can be attributed to the rebels. And being a Star Wars fan, I love the rebels. Just south of the bustling city of Florence are the Chianti […]
A wine glass is – as British wine Jedi Master Jancis Robinson so perfectly puts it – “not just the final container for wine, but an important instrument for communicating it to the human senses.” This sums it up in one sentence. Also, wine glasses are dead sexy. They come in many shapes and sizes, […]
Opening your bottle of wine, you stare longingly at the beautiful air-blown glass vessel set upon the table, a gift from your wine geek pal that’s been sitting in your cabinet for months now.
Are sulfites good for wine? Yes. Are sulfites responsible for wine headaches? No. Are sulfites the cause of allergic reactions to wine? No, science has yet to prove otherwise. Once we understand what is known about sulfites and its love affair with wine, hopefully it will allay our fears of labeling protocol, as we frolic […]
Ever since a movie took Merlot down like a luchador in 2004, the wine has gotten a bad rap. With one character line and an Academy Award nomination, the film “Sideways” brought the grape’s reputation to its knees. But was the criticism worth it, and should Merlot’s reputation have suffered the way it did? No. […]