Ready to compare two Pinot Noirs from two terroirs? I was! And thankfully, WineShop At Home, the Napa winery I’m affiliated with, gave me the opportunity. Our winemaker, Alex Reble, is French. So, the winery often needs to bring Alex French grapes (actually juice) to play with. The cool thing is that in the past few months Alex made two Pinot Noirs, one from France and the other from the United States. I was excited to compare the two, because it gives us the opportunity to compare two terroirs. In this article, we’ll explore these two wines.[Read more…]
Why are some wines called noble? Isn’t that a bit of a slight to all other wines that don’t make this cut? If the noble nomenclature rubs your democratic sensibilities the wrong way, don’t get your palate in a pinch. Like all things wine, there are usually a couple of reasons for things like this — one likely historical and another practical. In the case of the “noble grape,” there are both. Since history typically comes first, let’s start there. [Read more…]
To chill or not to chill red wine. That is the big question.
One of my favorite wines is WineShop At Home Dolcetto. This red wine is originally from the Piedmont region of Italy. It’s a very fruity wine that is typically served slightly chilled.
Last night, at the wine tasting I led, I poured each person two sips of Dolcetto, one at room temperature and the other chilled. Every person at the tasting preferred the chilled Dolcetto.
Why does chilling make such a difference? [Read more…]
I hope you’ve been enjoying our exploration of the wonderful wine region of Carneros. In my article last week, we looked at the factors that play a key role in distinguishing Carneros’s wines, and we touched upon some of the characteristics to look for in Carneros Chardonnays. This week, the focus is Carneros Pinot Noir and how it compares to non-Carneros Pinot Noir. [Read more…]