One of the bennies of being a wine writer and educator is that I get to travel the world in search of good wines. Unfortunately that global trip means going to local wine shops for vicarious visits.
Want some good news about wine? I thought so. But you are required to take a dose of not-so-good news along with it.
It's spring and time to deal with odds and ends from the wine world. Hope you find some of them of interest.
Two words glimmer like a lighthouse to me during February in Northeast Georgia - Florida Keys.
Happy New Year to y'all! I'm kicking off 2012 with a pair of resolutions. And these I intend to keep, unlike those in previous years to lose weight, buy a winning lottery ticket and get taller. Strangely enough my resolutions center on wine and related matters. Surprised? No. 1. I resolve to read more wine books like "Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines" by Natalie MacLean. This is a well-written, wry ...
With her usual acuity the bride picked up a bottle of wine I had just received, looked over the label and declared, "I think we're seeing a lot more blended red wines than in the past."
I dropped in and chatted with the winemakers at America's most-visited winery last month.
Way back in 1976 a British wine exporter living in Paris decided to shake the trees. His name was Steven Spurrier (no, not the old ball coach) and what he did had a seismic impact on the wine world that reverberates today.
Thanks, Warren Johnson, for your great little addition to my wine library. Now, readers, you may want to add "Georgia's Wineries & Vineyards: A Wine Lover's Guide," to your bookshelves.
Had enough Georgia summer? Ready to travel somewhere else ... anywhere else?
There's a wry old saying about the business of making wine. Goes like this: Know how to make a small fortune in the wine biz? Start with a large fortune.
In last month's column, the second installment taking us around the world seeking signature grapes in countries and regions, I mentioned getting feedback from readers. All three of them called or emailed.
Last month we traipsed around the world looking at trademark or signature grapes and the regions with which they are identified: i.e., Burgundy and pinot noir, and Italy with pinot grigio.
I was telling students in one of my wine appreciation classes at Brenau University about wines from Argentina. Malbec, I told them, is the signature red wine grape of Argentina. Likewise, I declared, that country's trademark white wine grape is torrontes.
OK, did we make it through winter? I know that technically the season still has a couple of weeks to go, but, with any luck, it's over. My lips to God's ears.
Want a Ferrari for Christmas? You can have one. It's easy.
In last month's column, I answered a question from a reader about a Northeast Georgia winery that recently passed away. In writing that response, I was reminded of the degree to which I have come to be a fan and supporter of Georgia wines.
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