Easy-drinking, soothing reds are perfect for a winter night. I’m talking about that time of year when you make a stew or roast not only because it’s a warming meal, but also because allowing the oven to run for a few hours helps to warm your cold home. For these types of meals, you need […]
At this point, the wines of E. Guigal – the negotiant and winemaker who is partly responsible for putting France’s Rhône wine region on the map – have become ubiquitous across the United States, with offerings at the high end as well as the low. But unlike other massive producers whose introductory, more affordable bottles […]
We first wrote about winemaker Michel Chapoutier here on the site in relation to his efforts to place Braille on wine bottles. In 1993, when Chapoutier was only 29 and had been the main winemaker in the family business for only three years, he turned on the television to watch his friend and musician Gilbert […]
If you’re looking for a crowd-pleasing red wine that’s absolutely delicious and great with a variety of foods, look no further than Qupé Central Coast Syrah. In our opinion, it’s one of the best $20 Syrahs being produced in California.
Everyone needs an easily accessible, affordable, simple everyday red wine lying around the house that you know will please the majority of your guests, even if they arrive at the last minute, and this Syrah is that bottle. If you’re looking for a complex red, this isn’t it. But if you’re instead looking for a […]
Don’t you feel sophisticated when snacking on a croissant? It’s one of my not-so-guilty pleasures (read: I eat croissants pretty often). While savoring one earlier this week, it dawned on me that I’ve never had a croissant with the most obvious of beverages: wine! But why stop at a croissant? Why not go all out […]
In an alternate universe, the current President of the United States is Francis J. Underwood, a Machiavellian political animal. Underwood, and his deft portrayal by the ever sinister Kevin Spacey, is the lynchpin of House of Cards. In 2013, when Netflix premiered the entire first season of its first ever original program, a new era […]
The majority of American wine consumers, pretty much everyone who casually drinks wine, are familiar with at least one or two wines from France, but that’s about as far as it goes. And in all likelihood, those wines have names like Bordeaux and Burgundy. After that, most wine drinkers are unfamiliar with all of the […]
Syrah in the United States tends to be dark and brooding. This is very different than Syrah grown in Europe. America’s warmer climate, more fertile soils, and heavy oaking result in Syrahs that lose their native characteristics. Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon fame knows this.