The signature grape of Chile, Carménère actually got its start in Bordeaux. Those Bordelaise roots explains the intense green aromas and flavors that shine through alongside ripe black fruit. Today, the category spans unoaked, easy-drinking wines, as well as rich and Bordeaux-like bottles. As Chilean winemakers further enhance their expertise with their adopted grape, the […]
The world’s largest beer fair kicks off in Munich this week. Oktoberfest will dominate tents, stages, and Instagram feeds from September 16 to October 3, 2017. The 184-year-old institution is a bucket-list experience for some and a headache for others. No matter where you stand, the sheer expanse of the endeavor is, in the truest […]
While Syrah is king in the northern Rhône, Grenache rules its southern sphere. There, it is produced as either a blended or varietal wine. The hardy grape adapts well to the region’s warm, dry climate, producing wines that are light in color but full-bodied and fairly alcoholic. Grenache generally brings ripe and jammy red fruit, spice, […]
While Riesling is very successful in Austria’s vineyards, the country’s signature white grape is Grüner Veltliner. A less aromatic grape variety, Grüner Veltliner is known for its bright acidity, food-friendliness, lip-smacking citrus, herbal spice, and strong minerality. While Grüners labeled Reserve (or Smaragd in the Wachau) can be quite rich, the average Grüner Veltliner is […]
Sauvignon Blanc is grown in almost every wine-producing country in the world, which is why every wine drinker knows it well. But you can’t truly comprehend Sauvignon Blanc until you taste examples from France. The truest expression of the grape is grown in some of the country’s cooler areas, such as the vineyards of the […]
Italian Pinot Grigio is among the most ubiquitous, catch-all white wines. While Pinot Grigio is in fact the same grape as the Pinot Gris seen most often in Alsace and Oregon, its different spelling portends a different style of wine. A neutral grape, Pinot Grigio tends to be fairly mellow without the sharp acidity of […]
Syrah somehow manages to retain sommelier cool-kid status while simultaneously being embraced by the masses. Perhaps this is because of its alter ego Shiraz, typically found in Australia and other New World regions in a bold, bombastic, fruit-forward style. Syrah’s most classic iteration is in France, where it dominates the steep riverside vineyards of the Northern […]
Chianti has been one of the most ubiquitous wines since even before Hannibal Lecter suggested it as a pairing with liver and fava beans. The wine, hailing from the region of the same name, is known for drinkability, cost-effectiveness, and a flavor profile consisting of red cherry fruit, herbal notes, and a touch of earth.
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.