Put down the Pinot Noir and step away from the corkscrew. There’s a new light red in town, and — I’m going to say it —it’s better. Nerello Mascalese isn’t some sommelier favorite that’s hard to pronounce and impossible to find outside of hipster wine bars. It’s the people’s grape of Mount Etna, Sicily, and […]
There’s no question that islands are dreamy, picturesque vacation destinations, many of which have likely been flooding your Instagram these past few months. But it may surprise you to learn that islands around the world are also producing some of today’s most exciting wines. While each island wine region has a different climate, terroir, and […]
Things not often heard during the height of summer: “I’m really in the mood for red wine.” But whether it’s due to an over-saturation of rosé and summer whites, or the fact that I am currently storing all red wines in my refrigerator to keep them from spoiling in the heat, lately I find myself […]
What’s large, in-charge, and home to some of the greatest wines in southern Europe? Welcome to Sicily, home of orange trees, olive groves, and more vineyards than you could possibly imagine. While we might think of Sicily as being small, it’s actually the largest island in the entire Mediterranean Sea, giving way to a serious […]
Though you may not immediately think it works, given most people’s proclivity for red sauce on their pies, white wine and pizza can be a delicious combination. If the wine is right and the pizza isn’t overwhelmed with savory, strong-flavored toppings, white wine is an excellent accompaniment.
If grape vines are babies, terroir-driven wines are the well-adjusted adult—flavorful, complex, and sometimes a little weird. Terroir is after all, that mysterious sense of place developed with each drop of rain, sunny day, hail storm and the rocks present in the soil. Yes, rocks. While wines don’t acquire minerality by slurping minerals from the […]
In the opening scene of the Godfather Part II (1974) we see a scrub brush desert-like landscape as a funeral march enters stage left. Somber music emanates from the procession as the funeral winds its way through piles of rocks, long fallen from yonder hill. It’s a stark, desolate landscape and for many, this is […]