Sommeliers are often regarded as the gatekeepers of wine trends. This isn’t entirely true. Sure, somms influence how restaurants stock and sell wine, and how those eating there purchase and drink it. But dining out is, for most Americans, not an everyday occasion — and very few of us are at the same restaurants frequently […]
It’s a great time to be a wine lover. Oenophiles have access to more wines than ever before, with selections ranging from in-state wineries to faraway estates, and well-known grapes as well as obscure, rarely grown varieties. The downside to increased demand is that some of the world’s classics, like Bordeaux and Burgundy, are more […]
Bordeaux is often characterized as the epitome of wine luxury. A category only for the wealthy elite, or one to be savored at select special occasions. That association isn’t without reason; after all, many of the most expensive wines ever sold have been Bordeaux. But there’s more to this classic French wine region than bragging […]
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 […]
2017 is rolling in fresh and clean. Like every new year, this one brings with it that powerful urge to be off with the old trends and on with the new. What will this year bring for the wine industry? A look back over some recent trends may give us an idea. The 1990s brought us […]
Despite what Instagram and Twitter trends might have you think, the holidays aren’t the only time for magnums of Champagne or three-liter bottles of Pinot Noir. While the holidays provide an easy excuse for buying wine in excessively large bottles, so do Tuesdays, book clubs, and dinners all year long.
’Tis the season for tons of dinner parties and get-togethers. There’s nothing quite as nourishing — emotionally, intellectually, culinarily — as eating and drinking with friends. But I’ve always found bringing wine to a dinner party to be one of the most anxiety inducing parts of life that most of us deal with on the regular, […]
There exists an Iberian grape variety, perhaps the only white grape from this peninsula to achieve “classic” status around the world. Perhaps you know it as Albariño, the lively white grape from Rías Baixas, a northwestern Spanish region that more resembles the coast of Ireland than it does the land of bull fighting and flamenco.
If you don’t know much about Torrontés, summer’s actually a pretty good season to learn. Since we assume, or hope, you’ll be spending more of your money on some beach time or awesome travel destinations, it’s nice to save a little bit when it comes to wine. And like other South American wines, Torrontés is […]