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…]
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…]