Having long held a reputation for producing light, sweet wines, Riesling is somewhat of a grape chameleon, and while it’s found in regions around the world from Austria to New York to Australia, its home is in Germany.
Zinfandel may not have originated in California — studies show it to be an ancient grape variety likely from Croatia — but no other place in the world has adopted Zin as the Golden State has, making it a signature variety of sorts.
Rioja, one of Spain’s best-known wine regions, evokes visions of tapas-laden bistros on evenings that stretch lazily into night. But how well do you really know Rioja? From sub-regions to classifications to typical flavor profiles (and how the heck do you properly pronounce Rioja, anyways?), there’s much more to this Spanish standard than meets the […]
You’ve probably knocked back a shot or two in your life. We know we have. But something you may not have noticed is that the shot you drank with your beer at your local neighborhood dive last week was a lot bigger than the shot that was offered to you in Denmark on your last […]
When listing the classic wines of the world, Bordeaux ranks pretty close to the top of the pack. While Bordeaux is typically a blended wine, Cabernet Sauvignon is the key grape, particularly in regions on the left bank of the Gironde river. What characterizes this bold, complex, ageable wine? Check out our illustrated guide for […]
Ah, cheese. Just the word itself seems to ooze with delicious expectation. Is there anything more resplendent than a perfect piece of cheese atop a crusty piece of fresh bread and a glass of wine to complete the picture? (Answer: There is not.) They say what grows together goes together, and this is certainly true […]
Tempranillo is a gorgeous grape indigenous to Spain. In fact, the Spanish are super proud of this grape because they have been making it into wine for over 2,000 years. Full of body, fruit, and acidity, Tempranillo is wonderful with beef stew, steak, or anything requiring a bold partner. Read more about this spectacular grape in our […]
After years of living in the shadows of Bordeaux blends and varietal wines from southwestern France, Malbec is finally having the moment it deserves. Thanks to some serious success in Argentina, Malbec has become more accessible than ever, producing an array of wines from regions all over the world. Fruit-forward, floral, and brimming with gorgeous, […]
It’s time to settle this once and for all: Merlot is not a subpar grape variety and yes, you should be drinking it. After the Sideways Effect of 2004, Merlot went through some serious trauma, thanks to Paul Giamatti’s character’s snobby Merlot-based remarks. However, Merlot is responsible for making some of the best wines in […]