I often find myself wishing I could wake up like a grapevine. Not groggy, perpetually hungover, or already late for work, but instead with a burst of glorious energy, ready to absorb fresh air and sunshine. Despite April snow showers, the vines of California are doing just that in an inspiring (and welcome) show of […]
We’ve all heard winemakers and salespeople proclaim certain bottles to be unique thanks to their “spectacular, high elevation” vineyard sites, but what exactly does “high elevation” mean when it comes to finished wine? Are grapes grown on Mt. Everest-like slopes magical? Is it Andes snow melt that makes Malbec ethereal?
Turkey is way more than fantastic leftovers, and a perennial contender for EU membership. From Noah’s Ark to hyper-modern wineries, Turkey is the cradle of wine civilization. Let’s start at the beginning: Long before the cult of Bacchus was en vogue across Greek isles, the Book of Genesis declared Noah (yes, Noah of the Ark) […]
Hams, and lambs, and ducks, oh my! It’s officially Easter week, and after preemptively gorging on jelly beans and cream-filled eggs, it’s time to find wines for the real Easter feast. Whether it’s a swanky orphan’s brunch or the classic post-Church family extravaganza, fear not: even mint jelly has a vinous match!
We get it — wine regions are special, and not just because the fruits of their labor have lent a happy buzz to imbibers for millennia. A wealth of intricate details combine to make these hallowed regions perfect for grape growing. Sunshine, soil, and water are the basic ingredients, but the rivers that criss-cross most […]
Despite blizzards in the Northwest, tornadoes in Texas, or Trump-dominated newscasts everywhere, it’s spring in California. Translation: the race is on against Mother Nature to prune and prep 928,000 acres of vineyards for the 2016 season. But what exactly does “pruning” entail? Tired of reading confusing articles on canes, cordons, and spurs, I convinced a […]
There’s only one reason to attend a wine passport weekend: to get tipsy in a pastoral setting as cheaply as possible. Despite being marketed as the ideal combination of education and a buzz, with one ticket promising “free” tasting at dozens of wineries, neither learning nor drinking well are guaranteed.
Despite a slow and steady rise among American foodies, dessert wines are still getting the short end of the booze stick, often losing to well liquor as a dessert companion despite the existence of a perfect off-dry wine for everything from cheesecake to Almond Joy bars.
For a grape that’s notoriously difficult to grow, Pinot Noir is ubiquitous in wine regions from its ancestral home in central France to mountainous Australian vineyards, and even hot California deserts where it doesn’t thrive. While Sideways may take credit for making this berry-scented red easy to sell, the world should thank Cisterican monks and ancient […]