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.
Everyone has that one bottle of wine that has been sitting in the back of the wine fridge for far longer than initially intended. It’s not that it’s being saved for any occasion in particular — it just never seems quite right for the moment. That’s what happened with a bottle of Tenuta di Arceno […]
It’s easy to hate on California Chardonnay, but not all bottles are created equally. Mindful producers in cooler climates can create balanced, layered versions, even when employing barrel aging. Sonoma County is an excellent region to explore for restrained Chardonnay wines, particularly now, when Napa and Sonoma producers are imploring wine lovers to drink wines […]
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.
Pinot Noir is produced in almost every region around the world, but it can be difficult to find a bottle that really delivers. It would be a mistake, though, to dismiss all Pinot Noir iterations as rote or predictable. A few regions stand above the rest, such as Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Its wines, including the Grochau Cellars ”Commuter […]
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most distinctive wines around. Blind tastings can challenge even top wine pros but, if Sauvignon Blanc is in the glass, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll be able to identify it by its sharp, grassy smell. Although Sauvignon Blanc is one of the world’s most common grapes, it […]