Happy Passover! To those of you who celebrate, you know that this Jewish holiday is filled with all kinds of special traditions, including the tradition of holding seders, a ritual meal, on the first two nights of the holiday. During the seders, we’re supposed to drink four glasses of wine! When I was growing up, those four glasses of wine were sweet, syrupy Manischewitz concord grape wine. In the last 20 or so years, Passover wine has gotten much better, making the ritual of drinking four glasses truly enjoyable. This week, we’ll talk about enjoying Passover wine.
Last week I had the pleasure of discovering Alicante Bouschet, a rare wine in California these days that was very popular during Prohibition. Today I get to talk about tasting Alicante Bouschet, because I got to do a tasting this past weekend of Alicante Bouschet and Grenache, one of the grapes used in 1866 to create the grape Alicante Bouschet.[Read more…]
At my wine tasting last night, one of the tasters said that her nose started running after drinking the Cabernet. She wanted to know more about
We’ve all been taught that a decanter will make your wine taste better. But how much better? And which decanter should you choose? Those were the questions my friend Sandra asked me last week. We used her questions as the perfect excuse to do a really fun wine tasting – a decanter showdown. I highly recommend doing this – and if you need some decanters to help you out, I have them.[Read more…]