Champagne. Uttering the very word evokes a visceral response, one that sparks the neurons and magically transports us to another place and time. Sure, there are other sparkling wines, and many of them are high-quality sippers at that. Cava, Crémant, Franciacorta, Prosecco, Moscato – each of these prompts images of gaiety, happiness, and light. But only Champagne (that word again!) instantly connotes celebration, conviviality, and … Continue reading The Enduring Allure of Champagne (French #Winophiles)
August 1st was a special day in medieval times: it marked the celebration of the wheat harvest, the golden grain from which all good things derive. Well, that’s the way they saw it, I guess. On Lammas Day, townsfolk would gather at the village church, toting freshly baked loaves of bread made from the new harvest. After saying mass (the Loaf Mass, from which the … Continue reading Happy Lammas Day!
Welcome to Wine Pairing Weekend! Each month a group of wine and food writers collaborate to explore how specific wines work with different foods. Our theme this month is Sherry, and what an adventure that has been! Join our Twitter chat Saturday morning at 11 am EDT using #WinePW. It’s always fun and there’s always lots to learn. See you there! Dateline: Sanlúcar … Continue reading The Possibilities of Manzanilla Pasada #WinePW
Have you ever dreamed of owning a vineyard in France? Of working the fields and tending the vines, the fruits of which magically alchemize into purple nectar of the gods? Yes, I think many of us have imagined our way to such a place a time or two, only to be reawakened at our paper-laden desks by a shrieking telephone. David Stannard, on the other … Continue reading Paradise Rescued: From Cabbage Patch to Cabernet Franc – A Review