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.
February is the shortest month of the year, but often the most brutal. About mid-month we begin to sniff the vague scents of spring a few weeks away. Then February smacks us with just one more "wintry event."
Ah, January. Lovely time of the year ... cold, damp, uncomfortable, never-ending. In other words, January plants that big, dark cloud overhead and never lets up. Unless you live in the southern hemisphere - and I don't mean Valdosta. In South America, it's summer. Georgia winemakers are wandering through bare, shivering vineyards, pruning and planning. But in places such as Argentina and Chile, winemakers are watching grapes ripen and build up sugars. Harvest begins in ...
It's holiday time, with Christmas just a little over three weeks away. If you're still trying to come up with a nifty and useful gift for the wino in your life, read on. In addition to actual gifts, I'm suggesting some wine-related events you could attend.
It's that time again; time to answer some of the questions I've received from readers of this column (I heard from all three recently) and from students in my wine appreciation classes.
We're baaack! Yes, five and a half weeks, 7,970 miles and 19 states later, the bride and I have re-established our roots in Hall County. It was a great trip and nobody got hurt.