Washington, Paso Robles, South Australia — despite having varying locations and topography, these New World wine regions all have something in common. All are billing themselves as the next big region to produce world-class Rhône blends. Now, at first glance, this might seem a bit confusing. The Rhône Valley is an actual place, located along a river […]
“I tend to like a red blend, so what should I drink?” In the past two years, more wine drinkers have begun to use the term “red blend” to indicate their wine preferences in the same way that one might use the words Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.
For all the talk about hope, prayers, and rituals to inspire a good harvest, winemakers and vintners don’t rely soley on Mother Nature’s generosity when it comes to producing great wine every season. In fact, strategies abound for growers and winemakers to hedge their bets against nature’s potential wrath, and that’s a good thing for […]
When it comes to sweet wine, there are numerous winemaking processes in which the wine can get its sweetness, from fortification to late-harvest picking to halting fermentation. The one thing that all bottles of sweet wine have in common is the presence of residual sugar, otherwise known as RS.
I have always been fascinated by the art of the blend. Recently, I got to try if for myself, at Conn Creek in Napa. It was an invaluable experience that taught me about wine from an angle I never thought I’d see first-hand. It is one thing to study blending from afar and talk about the science of […]
Looking for good wine at a great value? A California red blend could be your answer. But what exactly is in this mysterious blend? Actually, it could be a lot of things. On top of that, some wines not even marketed as blends are blends. The base of your California red blend is most likely the […]
When it comes to wine, finding a solid bottle for under $10 can be a real challenge. At this price point much of what’s out there isn’t very good, or has been engineered in a way that makes it taste exactly the way you think it would taste — usually sweet, the kind of sweet […]
Oak is the cilantro of winemaking: it’s divisive. Delicious and paramount to wine’s longevity for some; overused and a mask of terroir for others. Few winemaking topics create as much dissent as “proper” oak use. Opinions aside, not all oak is created equal, and a new type of barrel is emerging in wine, and it’s […]