Those who find the subject of wine fascinating are advised to grab a book I just finished. No, not my copy; buy one of your own. It truly is one of the best offerings on the subject I have encountered in 30-plus years.
My son-in-law and my oldest grandson drive me nuts (they argue that for me it's a short walk). They must have the latest electronic gadgets - iPads, iPhones, iPods, Nooks, Kindles, smart phones, smarter phones ... stuff I've never heard of, and never will understand.
Follow me on this. It's winter. That means it's cold out there. When you're cold, what do you want? You want something hearty, something filling, something warming... whether on your plate or in your glass.
Came back from our North Sea cruise in mid-September to find some questions from readers on my email. Since I had written my October column in advance of the trip, I've had to wait until this month to address them.
When wine drinkers chat about the great red wine grapes from Italy, two names leap to the top of the list - the robust Nebbiolo of the Piedmont region, and the bright and fruity Sangiovese from Tuscany.
Petite sirah is anything but petite. This resurgent dry red table wine, often referred to as "a winemaker's wine," is climbing the popularity charts in this country, chasing such competitors as merlot, malbec and cabernet sauvignon for favor among American winos.