With such a wide variety of wines available in wine shops across the U.S., it’s hard to justify ever buying the same wine twice. Thousands of grape varieties are bottled in wines from every corner of the globe, creating neverending exploration possibilities. There are a few bottles, though, that I have a hard time resisting […]
As Beaujolais Nouveau Day rolled around, I hunted for a bottle of cru Beaujolais, something to compare side-by-side with the fresh 2017 vintage Nouveau announced on every wine shop sandwich board. It wasn’t a difficult pursuit; there were at least 15 cru options available, most from tried-and-true producers that have grown more popular each year.
I love the holidays, which is why I’ll take any opportunity to celebrate them as many times as possible. Perhaps that’s why I love the concept of Friendsgiving so much; why have one delicious, convivial Thanksgiving meal when you can have two?
The first “real” wine I ever learned about was Albariño, the classic yet under-appreciated white from Spain’s northwestern Rías Baixas region. My postgrad palate, theretofore raised on Franzia and Yellowtail, learned to detect the basic structural and flavor components of wine through Albariño, distinguishing fruit from sweetness and body from acidity.
One of the difficulties of selecting a glass of wine from an interesting, well-priced wine list is actually deciding on just one. When so many of the major wines of the world are listed, from classic cuvées to hipster juice, it can be tempting to fall back on tried-and-true favorites.
Some of the world’s most extreme winemaking regions make us stop and think. Why the heck would anyone think to plant grapes there in the first place? Considering that some vineyards are located on near-vertical slopes, or in the range of an active volcano, it’s remarkable that pioneers had the wherewithal to start growing grapes. […]
One of my favorite parts of traveling to another wine-producing country is seeing what local wines are available. Even a trip to the grocery store can be an envy-inducing exploration of just how much less expensive wines are before entering the U.S. three-tier distribution system.
Upon finding out that I spend quite a bit of time opening and tasting wine, very often I am asked the same question: “What’s your favorite kind of wine?” Now, that’s a difficult question; what’s the occasion? What’s the weather like? What mood am I in? What am I eating? I’m hard-pressed to pick just […]
As much as female winemakers are discussed today, the world of wine has historically been dominated by men. The phrase “& Fils,” appended to the family name of many French domaines, exemplifies the tradition of handing the family business from father to son, generation after generation. The southern Rhône’s Domaine de Montvac, however, follows a matrilineal […]