December is my favorite month of the year (I have the feeling I’m not alone in this). Twinkling lights abound, friends and family come together from far-flung destinations, and there’s an added dose of holiday joy in the air. But there’s the flip side to the season as well: endless shopping lists, last-minute travel, holiday […]
With such a wide variety of wines available in wine shops across the U.S., it’s hard to justify ever buying the same wine twice. Thousands of grape varieties are bottled in wines from every corner of the globe, creating neverending exploration possibilities. There are a few bottles, though, that I have a hard time resisting […]
As Beaujolais Nouveau Day rolled around, I hunted for a bottle of cru Beaujolais, something to compare side-by-side with the fresh 2017 vintage Nouveau announced on every wine shop sandwich board. It wasn’t a difficult pursuit; there were at least 15 cru options available, most from tried-and-true producers that have grown more popular each year.
I love the holidays, which is why I’ll take any opportunity to celebrate them as many times as possible. Perhaps that’s why I love the concept of Friendsgiving so much; why have one delicious, convivial Thanksgiving meal when you can have two?
The first “real” wine I ever learned about was Albariño, the classic yet under-appreciated white from Spain’s northwestern Rías Baixas region. My postgrad palate, theretofore raised on Franzia and Yellowtail, learned to detect the basic structural and flavor components of wine through Albariño, distinguishing fruit from sweetness and body from acidity.
Everyone has that one bottle of wine that has been sitting in the back of the wine fridge for far longer than initially intended. It’s not that it’s being saved for any occasion in particular — it just never seems quite right for the moment. That’s what happened with a bottle of Tenuta di Arceno […]
It’s easy to hate on California Chardonnay, but not all bottles are created equally. Mindful producers in cooler climates can create balanced, layered versions, even when employing barrel aging. Sonoma County is an excellent region to explore for restrained Chardonnay wines, particularly now, when Napa and Sonoma producers are imploring wine lovers to drink wines […]
One of the difficulties of selecting a glass of wine from an interesting, well-priced wine list is actually deciding on just one. When so many of the major wines of the world are listed, from classic cuvées to hipster juice, it can be tempting to fall back on tried-and-true favorites.
Some of the world’s most extreme winemaking regions make us stop and think. Why the heck would anyone think to plant grapes there in the first place? Considering that some vineyards are located on near-vertical slopes, or in the range of an active volcano, it’s remarkable that pioneers had the wherewithal to start growing grapes. […]