It’s almost weekly that I receive an email from someone thinking about building a wine cellar in their home, and looking for my personal recommendation on a good wine cellar builder. Of course there’s wine cellars and there’s wine cellars. My “wine cellar” consists of my closet containing a 200 bottle wine rack and no temperature control. It does the job…for now…but for those looking for something a little more serious, I always send them…
Grapes 100% Sauvignon Blanc Facts Today I realized that this only the 2nd New Zealand white wine I’ve ever reviewed. Why is that, you ask? Wellllll…I think they all taste the same. Not that that’s a terribly bad thing. If you’re looking for a dependable summer-time glugger, I’d definitely put NZ SB in my top 5…but it’s no huge secret that New Zealand has developed a tiny reputation as being a “one trick pony” because of their…
Get to know Sardinia’s top wines and where they come from on this exotic Mediterranean island.
Despite Europe’s two thousand year head start, American wine traditions are happening quietly all around us. You just have to know where to look.
To prove that there really is a wine for every occasion we attempt to match of wine and cereal with a professional wine taster. Find out what to drink with your next bowl of Lucky Charms. This pairing throw down was inspired by episode #734…
While Barossa is famous for Shiraz, you’ll soon find out that there’s more than meets the eye with South Australian wines. Learn what wines to look for, what makes them great, and how to find good quality.
Merlot vs Cabernet – What’s the Difference? (And cake pops…for some reason…) In this video, my good buddy Joe Talentino and I examine the differences between Merlot and Cabernet wines. Of course they’re the two most popular red wines in America, but many people don’t know what makes each of them different and unique, or why you might prefer one to the other, so Joe and I here to help!
A few wine regions have taken on this grape as their pet project and they’re making the best wines in the world. Here is an introduction to these regions including where to look, and what to expect from a great bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.
Sancerre is known for its flinty, savory Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley of France. Learn about the taste and possible food pairings with Sancerre and then discover some high-quality alternatives in Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley.
The small town of Sancerre appears as the archetypal, bucolic French village. Situated almost exactly in the middle of the country and, perhaps because of this, Sancerre has been a center of French resistance since the Middle Ages. Huguenots retreated to it during the wars of religion and the Protestant reformation. Again, during the French revolution, the village was a center of the royalist rebellion to restore the French monarchy. Finally, during World War II, Sancerre was a regional command center for the French resistance. After all of this, we can conclude that Sancerre takes “being French” very seriously.
“What do true French …
Nerello Mascalese is a light-bodied red wine that primarily grows on the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. Despite its rarity, the wine offers amazing value and a taste profile that’s often likened to fine Pinot Noir. Find out what this special Sicilian red has to offer.
The taste of Champagne is greatly affected by the shape of the glass! So, in order to have the best tasting sparkling wine, here’s a little insight on how to choose the right glasses for your Champagne preference.
A simple visualization of primary flavor components in white wines and how they are expressed in different varieties. This chart contains 16 common white wine varieties and 10 primary flavor components in varying degree.
Expert tips on choosing a wine decanter. If you enjoy red wine or drink more affordable wine on a regular basis then using a decanter is a great idea.
So much of our understanding of flavor in wine comes from a focus on grapes, but there is another major ingredient involved in winemaking that greatly affects the flavor. Yeast.
Here’s what to seek out in rosé wine this 2016, from the budget-minded to the very best. There are essentially 3 tenets of rosé…
When you’re in a hurry and need to chill wine quickly, here’s a method that will speed up the wine chilling process to less than 5 minutes. All you need is an ice water bath and a zip lock bag.
Learn about a winemaker in Oregon who is using the ancient technique of amphorae to make wine.
No matter how you look at it, what we consume defines our health. By improving our sense of taste, we can learn to crave the food and drink that are better for us in the long term.
Chateau Goulaine is looking for a new owner…
By the way, this estate hasn’t been on the market for 1000 years.
USDA organic wines are known not to age as long as conventional wines because of one pesky little problem. Of course, there are some notable exceptions you should know about
It doesn’t matter if you’re working in the wine business or love wine as a hobby and side-passion, wine maps are an essential way to understand wine on a deeper level. This latest set…
The best tip on pairing wine with pasta is to ignore the pasta and pay attention to the sauce. Here are 5 popular sauces and several suggested wines (both Italian and otherwise) to get you started.
Here are 7 wine words that help describe those indescribable flavors we taste in wine.
Cult wines are the pigeon-blood ruby of the wine world. They are extremely rare benchmark wines that exhibit the expression of a particular winemaking region. Of course, actually getting to taste a cult wine presents a bit of a quandary, so here’s an alternative…