Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise

While not as famous as the red wines from the Côte d’Or, Pinot Noir produced in the village of Mercurey can provide outstanding value for the price. You won’t find any Grand Cru offerings here, but there are plenty of good bottles that will satisfy your craving for red Burgundy while leaving your wine budget intact. I was inspired to write this post as a … Continue reading Mercurey Rising: Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Côte Chalonnaise

Mendoza Beyond Malbec – The Vineyards of Achaval-Ferrer (#winestudio)

Last September, I was lucky enough to tag along with the #winestudio gang as it visited the Mendoza vineyards of Achaval-Ferrer. As you might suspect, the focus of that virtual voyage was Malbec, the Bordeaux grape that has reinvented itself in the southern hemisphere, wooing wine lovers with its ripe fruit flavors and budget-friendly prices. What most surprised me during our four-week adventure though, was … Continue reading Mendoza Beyond Malbec – The Vineyards of Achaval-Ferrer (#winestudio)

Why You Should Learn to Love Lambrusco (Again) #ItalianFWT

Do you remember your first experience with Lambrusco? If you’re about my age, it probably involved a few illicit sips siphoned from an unsuspecting adult’s glass at a family party. Or maybe it was when you and your high school buddies pulled one over on the waitress at the local Italian festival, convincing her that, “Yes ma’am, we are definitely 21.” While we had no … Continue reading Why You Should Learn to Love Lambrusco (Again) #ItalianFWT

Happy Cinco de Giro Derby Day!

This weekend affords wine lovers many excuses to celebrate with a glass of something delicious in hand. Friday, May 5th, best known to imbibing revelers worldwide as Cinco de Mayo, also happens to be Sauvignon Blanc Day. So if tequila shots chased by cold, Mexican beer aren’t your thing, why not pour yourself a few fingers of crisp Sauvignon Blanc? (Bonus points awarded if you’ve … Continue reading Happy Cinco de Giro Derby Day!

Tempranillo: The “Authentic Protagonist” of Bodegas Cepa 21 Vineyards

Winemaker José Moro has much love for Tempranillo despite the fact that it “doesn’t stand out for anything but has everything.” Moro’s words point to the paradox inherent in the wines made from Spain’s famous black grape: while they don’t tend to tickle the nose with exotic aromas or leave an immediate and indelible impression on the palate, they are some of the loveliest wines … Continue reading Tempranillo: The “Authentic Protagonist” of Bodegas Cepa 21 Vineyards

At the Corner of #Dinner Time and #Wine: An Easy Weeknight Pairing that Won’t Break the Bank

Just because it’s Tuesday and the boss kept you late doesn’t mean you have to settle for take-out or leftovers for dinner. If you’ve got a reasonably well-stocked pantry and some basic staples in the fridge, you can whip up something special in no time. Something wine worthy, in fact. Personally, I’ve got a bigger problem with the first criterion, as I find almost all … Continue reading At the Corner of #Dinner Time and #Wine: An Easy Weeknight Pairing that Won’t Break the Bank

A Feast for the Senses: Viognier and Indian Spices (#Winophiles)

There’s a reason French wines are held in such high esteem: for years they served as the benchmark against which all other wines were compared. After all, it was the infamous Judgment of Paris in which several American wines outshone their French counterparts that catapulted California wine onto the world stage. And, let’s face it: whichever wine first tempted us to explore the wonders of the … Continue reading A Feast for the Senses: Viognier and Indian Spices (#Winophiles)