Always keeping an eye out for good cheap wine, extensive field research – yeah, tasting wine – has yielded 3 red wine bargains for you to look for. These are 3 nice red wines that are priced very well. And one is a 2011 from California, so there were some good wines from that . . . → Read More: More Red Wine Values
If you have tasted a Sauvignon Blanc and thought it was wonderful or thought it was terrible, you might not have the same reaction the next time you taste one. Depending on where and how it was made, it can be a different wine. . . . → Read More: Sauvignon Blanc – Grass or crass?
Is red wine a fat blocker? When I first heard about the concept, my own reaction was of course not. Don’t be ridiculous. If red wine were a fat blocker, I would weigh in at about 106 pounds. However, there is a scientific study that says this is possible due to something in red wine called piceannotol. . . . → Read More: Red Wine And Health: Is Red Wine A Fat Blocker?
It is often said that a definition of a smart person is one who agrees with you. I ran across a brilliant guy the other day. At least I ran across one of his articles. The guy is the Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine magazine, Ray Isle. For the March issue, Mr. Isle wrote an article in praise of powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Like I said, a brilliant guy; we agree. . . . → Read More: Good Cabernet Sauvignon Can Be Big And Powerful
It’s summer. It’s hot. If you have just finished working in the yard, you should be thinking of water or Gatorade rather than wine. Or maybe even a cold beer. But if it is a warm summer evening and you are getting ready to fire up the grill, a dry rosè is just the ticket. There is a significant number of people –mostly men- who won’t try a rosè. They think it is going to be sweet, or they think it isn’t manly because it’s pink. What a crock. . . . → Read More: Back On The Soapbox For Dry Rosè
A few months ago I wrote about the shape of wine glasses. The proper shape has a definite effect on the taste of the wine. Beyond that the size of the glass makes a difference too. And as you might expect, bigger wines benefit from big wine glasses. Remember you are not necessarily putting more wine into a big glass. You are giving the wine more room to show its stuff. . . . → Read More: Size Matters: A Big Wine Glass and Wine To Put In It.
Petite Sirah, not to be confused with Syrah, is a full bodied red wine. The first impression on one of big fruit flavors. It is dark, even opaque, and purple when young. You will mostly see Petite Sirah from California, although it is made elsewhere. Most do not show a great deal of mouth puckering tannin which is often seen in full bodied wines. Drinking Petite Sirah has been compared to putting on silk pajamas. That’s probably a little fanciful for me, but it is usually a wine with the right fruit flavors to go well with red meat. I had the pleasure recently of attending a tasting of 4 wines made from this grape. . . . → Read More: Calling All Carnivores! Wine With Beef
Nothing is riding higher in California than the red grapes of the Rhone River area in France. These grapes are widely grown in many parts of the world. They have been made for years in California, and they are better than ever. There are more than 20 red varieties of grapes that can go into Rhone wines in France. In California you will usually see two or three of them. Most often seen is the Syrah. Next is the Grenache, and finally the Mourvedre. . . . → Read More: What’s Hot In California?
There is a difference in Champagne and Sparkling Wine. Geography. . . . → Read More: Champagne and Sparkling Wine – A Primer And A Bargain
Much of the best wine from Washington comes from the Columbia Valley AVA – American Viticultural Area. It is a huge area that runs from central Washington east toward Idaho at Lewiston and west along the Columbia River (Oregon border) to Columbia Gorge. . . . → Read More: Great Wine Values From Washington State