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The White Wine Decant

Decant a white wine, you say? The mere suggestion will make jaws drop.

Decanting, after all, is for older red wines and vintage Port, primarily to remove sediment. At least that's the time-honored custom. In reality, all wines -- red and white, even sparkling -- benefit from decanting.

For young red wines, the practice of decanting from the ...Read more

Wine Industry Survey Indicates Resilience

WineAmerica is a trade organization based in Washington, D.C., that lobbies the federal government on behalf of the wine industry. Despite soaring supermarket sales, many wineries have been impacted by the near nationwide shutdown due to COVID-19.

To assess the damage, WineAmerica conducted a survey of member wineries, asking for information ...Read more

Sipping Your Way Through SIP

If you have shelter-in-place restrictions in your state, you are stuck at home and no doubt bored silly. But you enjoy wine, so you're in luck. You have many options for both entertainment and education during this dark period dictated by the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

I am bombarded every day with invitations to join virtual wine tastings...Read more

Winery to Watch: Scattered Peaks

Scattered Peaks is the pet project of Derek Benham, an avid surfer ("scattered peaks" is a surfing term that describes sets of waves) and a bit of a daredevil in his private life. When it comes to wine, however, Benham is all business.

His company, Purple Wines, has forged a reputation for solid wines at modest prices with brands such as ...Read more

The Spring Break

While sitting at home awaiting the end of social distancing, it might be difficult to conjure up the image of the sunny days ahead that mark the transition from winter to spring. For the wine enthusiast, this is an important transition from the heavier red and white wines we prefer in cold weather to the lighter wines we associate with ...Read more

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Bordeaux 2017: The Sweet Spot

BORDEAUX, France -- The 2017 vintage of Bordeaux will be arriving in the U.S. retail wine market this spring. I tasted many of the wines from barrel at the ...Read more

Bordeaux Futures on the Market

BORDEAUX, France -- The 2017 vintage of Bordeaux will be arriving in the U.S. retail wine market this spring. I tasted many of the wines from barrel at the primeurs tastings organized by the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux in the spring of 2018, when the wines were only available for purchase on "futures" contracts, with delivery in ...Read more

How COVID-19 Impacts Wine

Every day over the past couple of weeks, my inbox has been filled with notifications on winery tasting-room closures and offers of free shipping and curbside pickup for those of us who still need our daily wine fix.

The wine industry is hurting, along with the rest of the U.S. economy, as businesses struggle to cope with operating ...Read more

Readers Write In

From time to time, I receive mail with broad wine questions of interest to all readers. I received two this week.

Tom Bowman writes: "I enjoy your column in the Epoch Times and was hoping that you could give my wife and I your recommendation. We are more inclined to favor white wines and usually the sweeter ones like muscat cannelli and ...Read more

Winery to Watch: Oregon's WillaKenzie

The wines of Oregon's WillaKenzie Estate are priced to impress. They're made that way, too.

Winemaker Erik Kramer, who joined WillaKenzie after a 13-year career split between the Willamette Valley's highly regarded Adelsheim and Domaine Serene wineries, has been on a roll since arriving in January 2017.

I recently had the opportunity to sit ...Read more

Dry Rose Favorites in Time for Spring

The American wine consumer, once reluctant to drink pink wine, long ago abandoned the silly myth that pink equals sweet. Dry rose wines are now widely embraced for the freshness and zing that made them popular in southern Europe for decades.

Trust me on this: If you love wine, there is almost nothing more refreshing on a warm spring or summer...Read more


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