Ever look at a few wine labels and find your eyes swimming in what looks like code? You’re not the only one. Among the myriad pieces of intel crunched onto each label (producer, grape variety) is the wine’s appellation, usually designated by a two-to-four-letter acronym. Written as abbreviations such as AVA, AOP, and DOC, appellations […]
“Airbnb is a mortal threat to the U.S. hotel industry.” This dramatic proclamation was delivered by legendary American entrepreneur, hotelier, and real estate developer Ian Schrager, the mind behind both Studio 54 and our current boutique hotel boom, in a piece for the WSJ online. Schrager, promoting his newly unveiled NYC property Public, counsels that […]
Malbec consistently remains one of the most popular red wines among everyday wine drinkers. Known for being lush and incredibly smooth, it seems the easier a Malbec is to drink, the more we enjoy it. If you’re looking for an easy-drinking and a well-made red at an unreal price, you should look no further that […]
Another election has come and gone, and as it has been for the past 228 years, the president-elect of the United States is once again a man. While we’ve made such promising, tantalizing cracks in the surface of the ultimate glass ceiling — there was, after all, a female candidate on the ballot, which can’t […]
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 […]
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?
Argentina has become synonymous with excellent Malbec, from the affordable to the high-end. But the country’s best producers aren’t just making high-quality Malbec; many of them are also making blends, and Achaval Ferrer Quimera 2012 is a stunning example.
Bonarda is a grape unfamiliar to most, but if you’re a fan of Malbec, Bonarda should be on your radar and this bottle of Colonia Las Liebres Bonarda 2013 is one of the best values that you will find for a wine priced right at ten dollars. The price is so good for the quality that we […]
Cabernet Sauvignon can be intense when you first try it. The tannins can often be aggressive, and if you’re not used to the mouth-drying sensation they cause, you might not immediately think the wine is your cup of tea.