I was introduced to FirstLeaf from one of the company’s PR people. She shared her company’s wine statistics and asked me if I’d be interested in sharing them in an upcoming blog. I love statistics, so I said yes.[Read more…]
Happy Passover! This is the Jewish holiday that commemorates the Jews being freed from slavery in Egypt some 3,500 years ago. During the holiday, we have all kinds of fun observances, including eating matzoh (unleavened bread) and all kinds of other wonderful foods like charoset, an apple/nut/cinnamon/wine mix that is meant to symbolize the mortar used by the Israelite slaves when they laid bricks for Pharaoh’s monuments. On the first two nights of the holiday, we have a ritual meal called a seder where, believe it or not, we are supposed to drink four glasses of wine! When I was a child, those four glasses were sweet, syrupy Manischewitz concord grape wine. Thankfully, as an adult, I’ve gotten to enjoy many wonderful Passover wines. They probably existed when I was a kid, but my family was really into the tradition of sweet alcoholic juice.[Read more…]
Ready to get to know a wonderful wine? Introducing Fiano, a white Italian wine grape variety that is grown primarily in the Campania region of southern Italy and on the island of Sicily. Have you tried it? I hadn’t, until I tried WineShop At Home’s recently released 2020 Fiano, which is great. Tasting the wine prompted me to get to know the grape more and share my findings with you. Thank you to Wine Folly, WineMag, who calls the grape Campania’s Rising Star, and Sauced & Found for their help with this article.[Read more…]
I just read the most bizarre factoid about watermelon and wine. Did you know that in the 19th century, a particular monastery decided that the combination would result in your dying and going to hell? OMG. Let’s look into this mystery here.[Read more…]
You know about all the wine tasting rules. Right? Well, today, we’re going to break one of the most important rules, the order you taste the wines.
Why is this rule so important? The traditional tasting order helps make sure that you get the most out of every wine you drink. You don’t run the risk of dulling your palate or making a wine taste too acidic.
Why is it okay to break this rule? It’s wine, for goodness sakes. You’re allowed to have fun with wine. You’re allowed to break the rules.[Read more…]