Robert Whitley Wine Tasting / Recipes

The Wine Cellar

The conversation around the table came down to the frustration of one guest who has been unable to get any traction in his effort to establish a small collection of fine wines that might improve with age.

The wines he typically purchases are ...

Better With Age

It is often said that wine improves with age. Over the holidays I had a number of opportunities to test this oft repeated cliche. For the record, let me say unequivocally that some wines do and many don't.

The most disappointing older wine ...

The Next Big Thing

The next big thing in wine is never a sure bet, and it often takes several years to confirm the call.

Albarino and gruner veltliner are perfect examples. These two white wines from Spain and Austria, respectively, were once relatively unknown ...

Faves from the 2014 Challenges

One of my perks as director of the three international wine "challenges" staged annually in San Diego is the opportunity to taste standout wines that have been pre-screened by respected wine professionals.

The Critics Challenge, Sommelier ...

Preserving Holiday Traditions

While the movement to demystify wine is laudable on most occasions, there is a time and place where the sometimes stuffy traditions of generations past serve to soothe the soul in an ever-more-hectic world.

When family and friends come together...

All That Sparkles

'Tis the season for the holiday toast, typically made with sparkling wine. The assumption made all too often is that the bubbly in the glass is Champagne, and sometimes it is.

There is a tendency outside of France to call any white wine with ...