Here's an unsurprising fact: California is the leading wine-producing state in the nation. What is surprising, however, is that 90 percent of American wine comes from the Golden State.
I'm a riesling fan! The white wine grape known alternatively as Johannisberg riesling and white riesling is adored by most hard-core winos - even those who wax rhapsodic over nothing but big, strong, hearty red wines.
It was supposed to be just a good-quality, mid-range sangiovese - a red wine from Tuscany - served at a popular pizzeria in South Hall.
I'm back. I hope somebody noticed I took a month off in January. Lots of "stuff" going on in December - including a visit from a brand new grandbaby - so I gave myself a brief hiatus for the start of the new year.
Ho ho ho, and all that seasonal stuff. It's coming up on that cheery time of the year, and wine lovers should be completing their lists for Santa to fill.
There are two places where folks who like an occasional glass of wine - but who don't know much about it - feel pangs of anxiety. They feel their throats constrict, their self-esteem begin to melt like Dove bars left in an August car.
A wino friend dropped by recently and I thought he was going to have a stroke. He spotted - gasp! - a box of wine on my kitchen counter. When, with sinful glee, I offered him a swig of the stuff from a cardboard box, he gagged and staggered off the porch and into the woods. I think a bear got him, which I think he would have preferred to being forced to drink wine from a box.
Shopping for wine in a wine shop can be an intimidating experience for anyone - man or woman - who's unsure of what's lurking on the shelves.
Like red wines? I do. And I enjoy passing along to my readers word of good ones I encounter. However, the one I sampled recently you just might have to make yourself. It was a blend of three traditional Rhone red wine grapes - grenache, syrah and mourvedre. Lush and fruity, it resembled more the Australian version of what they call GSM, than the Rhone style. And Craig Cook made it himself. Cook is the ...
One of the nice aspects of writing a column for a daily newspaper is the interplay that results with readers.
We in the wine world lost a giant of a man last month. Robert Mondavi, whose name became synonymous with California wines, died May 16 at his lovely home in Yountville, on the northern tier of the Napa Valley, at age 94.
Looking for a way to entertain friends and give them good information at the same time? No, this does not involve Tupperware, Oprah's Big Give or a chain letter. I'm suggesting a wine-tasting party. Wine-tasting parties can be fun, if managed properly. And your guests will leave your house saying things like, "I never knew zinfandel could be red," or "Wow, I sure was fooled by that $7 merlot." Holding such a social event requires ...
In last month's column I described some of the most popular red wine grapes and the wines they produce. This month we're taking on white wine grapes. So, pour yourself a glass of chardonnay and read on.
"Now, just what is 'merlot' anyway?"
Writing about wine is a dirty job. But, somebody has to stand up and embrace the responsibility.