Crisp, cool, light, lively, tart. Sounds like a pretty good wine for the sultry days of summer.
That would be sauvignon blanc.
Fans of this grape say that while it doesn't always have the opulence of chardonnay, it goes better with food for that very reason.
Chardonnay can overpower lighter foods. Sauvignon blanc is a more pleasing match for ...Read more
Good old American red zinfandel may be the finest wine to go with Fourth of July barbecues, deftly handling everything from charcoaled steaks to baby back ribs to barbecued chicken.
Zinfandel is warm and hearty, with jammy flavors of cherries, blackberries and raspberries. It's spicy, with black pepper, cloves and cinnamon. Some say it even a ...Read more
"What do women want?" is an age-old question that may never be satisfactorily answered. "What do men want," on the other hand, is easy.
On Father's Day, we want red meat and red wine. Don't buy us neckties in the middle of the summer (if ever). And you should probably wait for our birthdays for that Lamborghini you've been eying.
This week, ...Read more
You might say the midlife crisis of a Hispanic marketing and advertising executive brought a new category of wine to South Florida and a growing list of areas around the country.
"I was getting close to 50, and I was an empty-nester, and my wife and I wanted to do something more purposeful and nostalgic," says Martin Cerda, now 51.
Today, from...Read more
Singer-songwriter Kenny Chesney says it nicely: "It's a smile, it's a kiss, it's a sip of wine ... it's summertime!"
Memorial Day is a memory, school is out, days are long and warm -- it's time for the unserious but tasty wines of picnics. You could go until Labor Day without spending more than $20 on a bottle of wine. With all the nice ...Read more
To most Americans, Italy's best-known white wine probably is pinot grigio, the light, crisp, mineral-scented wine we find reasonably priced on restaurant wine lists.
To Italians, a better-known local white wine is soave, also light and crisp, maybe a little fruitier than pinot grigio.
Americans should get more familiar with it.
Soave wines ...Read more
When it comes to imports, we American wine lovers are getting picky. We're passing on foreign wines priced $20 and below but buying more imported wines priced higher.
Experts say it shows affluent wine buyers have fully recovered from the 2008 economic downturn and are ready to indulge themselves in better wines.
Imported wines priced $20 and ...Read more
For a St. John, I love Passover each year. I go back to my hometown of Denver and attend a couple of Seder meals at homes of Jewish friends.
But the kicker is that they ask me to conduct a tasting of kosher wines during the Haggada, the hours-long text that sets forth the order of the Seder -- and during which each participant is obliged to sip...Read more
The Case of the Halloween Heist (Magical Mystery Series) (Volume 1)Brenda Elser
When Eva, Lauren and Robert receive a mysterious note telling them that all the Halloween candy in their neighborhood has been stolen (and exchanged for dental floss?) they decide that the thief has messed with the wrong Junior Detectives!
They set off to track down and return the ...
I always say I'd rather try a wine that's new to me -- even if I end up not liking it -- than open yet another bottle of the same stuff I had last Thursday.
A great part of the joy of wine is trying new ones. And experts say there are more than 10,000 grape varieties in the world, so I have my work cut out for me.
I invite you to join this ...Read more
I like syrah a lot. The grape is not afraid to go it alone, making a wine that's dark as ink, full-bodied, with big, ripe tannins and flavors of blueberries, mulberries and black pepper.
Syrah reaches its peak in France's cool Northern Rhone region, producing some of the country's most august, powerful wines all by itself. These are wines of ...Read more
One of my favorite get-togethers with friends is a "small plates" party, with little portions of everything from Spanish potato omelet to spicy shrimp to soy-glazed salmon chunks to my guilty pleasure, the all-American cocktail weenie. Oh, and squid salad, just to see who likes an adventure.
To go with everything, I pour a white wine, a red ...Read more
True story: I was treating my wife's 20-something nieces to dinner one night in an expensive restaurant, where the wine list started at $30 and went up like a rocket. The young women were up to drinking some wine in the happy family setting, and I could see they knew little about it and were not going to pay much attention to what they drank.
It's spring! Time for spring cleaning. Time to swab out the garage and wash down the patio.
It's also time to spring clean your wine cellar. Time to tuck those heavy Amarone and Barolos in the back and bring forth the light, crisp wines that go with warmer weather.
Chardonnay is a good example. You can put away those august chards that taste ...Read more
Shakespeare was wrong. Custom can indeed stale our palates when we drink the same wine every day through lack of attention or hedonistic laziness. Don't get me wrong. I love chardonnay. So do you, on average; it's been America's favorite white wine in every survey for years.
But our over-reliance on chardonnay has even led to an ABC (Anything ...Read more