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
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
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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
Traditionally, the Easter dinner groaning board bears the weight of big chunks of ham or lamb. But that doesn't mean it has to become stale and routine. And the same is true for the wines that go with it.
A majority of Easter recipes for ham include some sweetness -- whole hams crosshatched, even spiral-cut, glazed with unctuous toppings ...Read more
Bordeaux red wines aren't cheap. You can pay $900 a bottle or more for a recent-vintage Domaine de la Romanee-Conti or Château Lafite-Rothschild.
No surprise -- these are some of the world's finest wines. Unfortunately, most of us are priced out of tasting them, even once in a lifetime. It's why I always advise young hedonists to make friends ...Read more
The year 2015 should be good for U.S. wine fans, whether they're buying $100 California cabernet sauvignons or $6 grocery store jugs and boxes.
That's my take on the Annual State of the Wine Industry Report for 2015 by Silicon Valley Bank, a high-tech commercial bank with offices in San Francisco and around the world.
Some of the best news is ...Read more
A few years ago around St. Patrick's Day I was doing a wine tasting with my friend Fred at Miami's old 1800 Club. We were sipping and sloshing and spitting, eager to tease out the subtlest scents from the delicate wines.
Then happy hour happened, and they brought out a mammoth platter of corned beef and cabbage and plopped it onto the table ...Read more
Bread or wine? It's a question Brandon Sparks-Gills wrestled with for a few years. He was fascinated by both, and, for a time in Colorado, he split his days between baking and viticulture. That meant getting up in the middle of the night to be at his baking job at 2 a.m., then driving an hour in the afternoon to work at a vineyard beneath the ...Read more
I had a wine friend with a 20,000-bottle cellar. It held a stunning variety of wines, including some of the world's finest and most expensive.
His everyday wine, his "house" wine, was a $10 cabernet sauvignon from Chile. Oh, and he bought it by the case to get the 10 percent discount.
"I don't like to waste money," he shrugged.
It was his ...Read more