I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend filled with family, friends, good food and good wine. I hope you took a moment to think about the more than a million Americans who have lost their lives since 1775. In that spirit, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about WineShop At Home’s Glory Cellars Wines, which is our non-profit arm that helps America’s Mighty Warriors.[Read more…]
Ten years ago, I introduced you to Vinotypes. These are the wine equivalent to a Myers Briggs test of personality. The wonderful Master of Wine Tim Hanni created these a number of years ago. He came up with four Vinotype personas: Sweet, Hypersensitive, Sensitive and Tolerant. Let’s explore this wonderful new world today.[Read more…]
An Indian friend of mine told me that the town he’s from, Nashik, is India’s most prolific wine-producing region. How cool is that. Knowing nothing about the region prompted me to do some research. Here’s what I learned. Thanks to Out in India, Thrillophilia and CNN for their help with this article.[Read more…]
This past Sunday, we celebrated National Moscato Day. YUM! Moscato is the Italian name for Muscat. Moscatel is its name in Spain. In this article, I’ll stick to the word Muscat. Today, we’re going to talk about the rich history of Muscat.
This amazing grape is one of the oldest around and is likely the great great great (keep going) grandparent of most of the other wine grapes we know and love today. Jancis Robinson says it well: “The Muscat grape may not be thought of as one of the great international classics, but its history is many times longer than that of such newcomers as Cabernet Sauvignon for example. It was almost certainly the grape variety referred to by writers in classical times as being particularly attractive to insects for its heady smell and impressive ripeness.”[Read more…]
Last week, I was delighted to get to participate in a really fun art class that was sponsored by a winery. I’m very much a beginner when it comes to painting, so I usually drink wine when practicing this art to help calm down my nerves. The good news was that during this evening last week, combining art and wine was virtually mandated. I’m excited to share my experience with you in this article.[Read more…]