You just can’t make up your mind. Red wine? White wine? Decisions, decisions. It is still summer. Maybe you want a crisp refreshing white. Labor Day weekend is certainly not too late for a nice white wine. Maybe some shrimp on the grill? OK. White. On the other hand, fall is coming. A grilled steak [...]
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 vintage. [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.