Nicole Hitchcock, winemaker at J Vineyards & Winery, is feeling pretty bullish about the state of American sparkling wine these days, and for good reason! The perception of U.S.-produced sparkling wine has improved, with many people now viewing it as being on par with Champagne. “There is growing respect for the caliber of wines we […]
For the most part, Chardonnay is aged in oak barrels, the wood providing a level of interest and complexity that usually doesn’t exist in unoaked Chardonnays. The danger, of course, is that the oak can take over the wine with overpowering notes of butterscotch, vanilla, and other flavors that the wood can impart, especially new […]
You’ve befriended your butcher, chatted Camembert and chèvre with your cheesemonger, and are on a first-name basis with your fishmonger. Now it’s time to get to know your winemaker. Specifically: McManis Family Vineyards, a team of fourth- and fifth-generation farmers who’ve been working the northern interior lands of California since 1938.
Chile may be a New World country, but don’t call its wine industry young. While there has been an explosion of quality Chilean wine appearing stateside over the past 30 years, its first grapevines were planted as early as the 1500s. European immigrants brought more varieties, particularly from Bordeaux, to Chile in the 1800s. Until […]
When it comes to Chardonnay, I prefer a leaner, lower-alcohol style with subtle oak treatment, which means that I naturally gravitate toward Burgundy, the French region that sets a benchmark against which Chardonnay throughout the world is compared, if not judged. The same is true for Pinot Noir, Burgundy’s signature red variety.
Chances are, if you offer white Burgundy to the average wine drinker, they’ll be flattered and delighted. Offer Chardonnay to many American wine drinkers, however, and it’s possible you’ll hear “ABC — Anything but Chardonnay!” Despite being California’s most widely planted wine grape, with 94,532 acres in 2016, many Americans are Chardonnay haters.
White Burgundy is unquestionably one of the greatest wines of the world. Almost exclusively made from Chardonnay on limestone soil, it can express both power and finesse. But as acclaim and demand rise, who can afford white Burgundy anymore? This quandary leads winemakers and wine drinkers to turn attentions south, to the hilly Mâconnais region. […]
A strip mall in Parker, Colorado — a quiet suburb of Denver — is about the last place you’d expect to find award-winning wines made with centuries-old technique. But that’s just what’s going on at Purgatory Cellars. Purgatory’s Marko and Ivanka Copic immigrated to the U.S. from Croatia in 2013, settling in Parker to be […]
From look books to cake tastings, planning a wedding ain’t easy. The devil really is in the details — all 20,000 of them. Food and drink is one of the most memorable aspects of the big day, but wading through catering menus in search of drink options that demonstrate your “unique couple style” is daunting. […]