In California, after several weeks of teasingly cooler climates, the temperature is back in the upper 80s. Welcome Indian summer! Indian summer is the time to savor those last sips of hot summer weather. And I can’t think of a better wine to do that than Riesling. Riesling is incredibly refreshing, and it goes well with just about everything. Try it with spicy Thai food, salads, fish, poultry, Mexican dishes, appetizers, and desserts. [Read more…]
Many of us have trouble matching the wine’s description (either on the label or in a review) to its actual taste and smell. For example, when a Chardonnay is called “oaky”, what does that taste and smell like? I’d like to share five tips for fine tuning your wine tasting (and smelling) skills. [Read more…]
If you are relatively new to wine, you might not be familiar with the concept of wine ratings, where wine critics and wine publications rate wines on a 100-point scale.
If you are a seasoned wine verteran, you are likely to be very familiar with wine ratings, and you might even use ratings to guide your purchase decisions. [Read more…]
Staycation has become a popular term over the last few years, and rightly so. Staying home for your vacation can be a really nice treat, especially if you enjoy yourself and, of course, have some fun. A great way to have fun on your staycation is to host an in-home wine tasting for you and your friends. An in-home wine tasting is likely to take your staycation up at least a few notches. I affectionately call a wine-tasting-enhanced staycation a Chardonnaycation or a Cabernetcation. [Read more…]
It’s always exciting to discover a great wine and food pairing, where the coupling makes for an out-of-this-world tasting experience.
I find that a lot of people seriously stress out when it comes to trying to come up with perfect pairings. It’s helpful to keep in mind that most pairings will be good to quite good. A few will be bad, and a few will be fantastic.
The reality is that if you like a certain wine and a particular food, you will probably like the two together. It’s hard to go wrong when you’re combining two taste experiences you really like. Be adventurous when pairing wine and food!
If you want some suggestions, several wine experts have published excellent wine and food pairing guidelines. My favorites come from Karen MacNeil, author of The Wine Bible (www.karenmacneil.com). Here are a few of Karen’s suggestions: [Read more…]