Who doesn’t like a good $10 or $12 bottle of wine? Finding them is the holy grail of the wine world. And although there are tons of them out there, buying inexpensive wines that rise above vin ordinaire status is one of the great challenges that wine lovers (and critics) face. But there’s nothing particularly complicated about […]
As summer approaches, the only thing better than long weekends is having a slew of back-pocket bottles for impromptu getaways — or Tuesday nights on the patio. Fortunately, for those with ample enthusiasm but limited time or budgets, supermarket wine sections have never been better. We’re not just talking about fancy boutique grocers, either.
Undoubtedly the most important red grape of Spain, Tempranillo has secured its place among the major varieties of the world, holding its own among even international grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. But did you know that there is actually more Tempranillo hiding on wine lists and shop shelves than you think? Though the […]
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 […]
While the quintessential steak and wine pairing might be seen by some as passé, there are still many moments when having a go to bottle of red that’s perfect with that steak you were craving is absolutely necessary. During the winter months in particular I find myself really craving this pairing.