Spanish White Guerrilla, Part Two: Verdejo

  In a previous post I talked about the revolutionary wine project undertaken by Castillo de Maetierra to boost the image of white wines from Rioja, Spain.  Through the creation of Valles de Sadacia, a separate Protected Geographic Indication with its own locally determined wine-making standards, the founders sought to reimagine white wine’s place in Spain’s first Denominación de Origen.  At the heart of their strategy … Continue reading Spanish White Guerrilla, Part Two: Verdejo

Drinking with the Saints: St. Mauritius

St. Mauritius:  Patron of Christian Soldiers Everywhere It’s time for another edition of Drinking with the Saints, blog posts that typically show up when I’m rather at a loss for words.  If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll remember previous posts dedicated to Lammas Day and St. Genesius.  Where do I get my material?  One of my favorite wine-influenced books, Drinking with the Saints:  The Sinner’s … Continue reading Drinking with the Saints: St. Mauritius

It’s International Grenache Day!

    “Grenache is for me, the wild, wild woman of wine, the sex on wheels and devil take the hindmost, the don’t say I didn’t warn you.”  –  Oz Clarke   I rather like Oz’s description of Grenache, the wine grape of many personalities.  Having spent a bit of time in Spain, I myself have fallen prey to her charms:  sometimes in the magenta-hued … Continue reading It’s International Grenache Day!

Grüner-Veltliner: Easier to Drink than It is to Say (#WinePW September)

Wine Pairing Weekend is back!  September’s assignment delves into the mysteries of Grüner-Veltliner, a white grape primarily associated with Austria. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re not alone, and if you’ve heard of it but never tried it, you’ve got lots of company.  Why isn’t this crisp, mineral-laden wine better appreciated in the USA? Well, at first glance it seems like it would be … Continue reading Grüner-Veltliner: Easier to Drink than It is to Say (#WinePW September)

Vuelta a España 2016, Week Three: Wines of the Levant

  I can’t believe we’re already in the home stretch of the 2016 Vuelta a España.  The past two and a half weeks have flown by, although I’m not sure the peloton would agree.  By all accounts, this year’s race has been arduous, even by Vuelta standards, with more mountain stages than ever.  As I mentioned in my first post, most of the world-class sprinters … Continue reading Vuelta a España 2016, Week Three: Wines of the Levant

Undiscovered Italy, Part Two: The Secrets of Umbria (#WineStudio)

Last week I took you on a virtual tour of Le Marche, the wine region that lies on the central Adriatic coast, due east of Tuscany.  It was part of an educational excursion put together by Protocol Wine Studio and its fearless leader, Tina Morey.  The other half of our August sojourn took us to the geographic heart of Italy – Umbria.  Nestled among some of … Continue reading Undiscovered Italy, Part Two: The Secrets of Umbria (#WineStudio)

#MWWC27: Bubbles, Toil, and Trouble

  When I first saw the topic for September’s Monthly Wine Writing Challenge, my mind went immediately to the obvious:  Champagne and the other sparkling wines that we break out for celebrations, big and small.  But, I thought, that won’t be too original.  Come up with something – anything – else.  So I sat and thought about it for a while, letting my mind wander wherever it … Continue reading #MWWC27: Bubbles, Toil, and Trouble