I’m excited to share this blog written by Heidi Jones (please see her bio at the end). Wine tasting is an art, requiring concentration, vivid memory and sufficient imagination skills. The good news is that the more wine you try, the better you get at tasting. Today, I’m excited to introduce you to 5 wines to taste at least once in your lifetime. I hope my article motivates you to go out and do some special tastings.[Read more…]
When I think about the Finger Lakes Wine region in upstate New York, I immediately think of Riesling. But I really don’t know anything else about this region. Since this month is Finger Lakes Wine month, I decided it was a good time to check out the region. [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…]
Why are German wine labels so staid and severe? I mean, when the emblem for the highest level of quality (“VDP,” Verband Deutscher Prädikats) is eerily similar to that of the German military, it doesn’t exactly evoke feelings of joyful anticipation, which is what I’m after when I first look at a wine. (Sorry, but the little “grape cluster” doesn’t really help.)
Poor Chenin Blanc. The darling of the Loire Valley. The most popular wine in the United States during the 1970s. Now all too often thought of as a cheap, sweet wine, often found in a jug.
What happened? [Read more…]