Robert Whitley Wine Tasting / Recipes

The Thanksgiving Table

With Thanksgiving lurking just around the corner, it's not too early to start thinking about stocking the wine larder for the traditional feast.

The task could well be easier than you think, for the traditional roast turkey is extremely ...

Robust Reds for Autumn

The argument for lighter, fresher reds to beat the summer heat has officially been relegated to the ash heap, like so many autumn leaves drifting by the window. The onset of cooler weather throughout much of the country signals the annual shift ...

The Value of 'Blind' Tasting

The annual Sommelier Challenge wine competition, staged recently in San Diego, is what wine professionals call a "blind" tasting. That simply means the identity of the wine, specifically the producer, is withheld from the judges until the ...

Sommeliers Take a Global View

As results rolled in over the weekend at the sixth annual Sommelier Challenge in San Diego, it became obvious that the list of winners would have an international flair.

The top-rated wine with 99 points was a dessert wine from Canada, the 2012...

Tailgate Tips

Tailgating, a wonderful American pastime, is now in full swing in stadium parking lots across the land.

These pregame parties grow more elaborate with each passing football season, and it's not at all unusual to see exceptional wines being ...

Eastern Excellence

There was a time, though few seem to remember, when drinking California wine was a novelty to all but those who resided in the Golden State. Times have changed, and California wine today dominates the U.S. wine scene.

The most common stat on ...