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2 10, 2019

Australian Wines – Far From Ordinary

By |2019-10-02T13:40:22-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Wine Blog|

Kristy Wenz Most wine drinking consumers are familiar with Australian wines, but how familiar are we really? Often the first wine to come to mind is an Australian Shiraz – those big, full-body, fruit-forward, spicy wines that took hold of the U.S. market in the early 2000s. However, let’s think about that phrase for a moment, “Australian Shiraz.” Australia, the sixth largest country in the world, is almost 7.7 million square kilometers with four topographical regions – to say nothing [...]

9 09, 2019

Aussie Wine Month

By |2019-10-02T12:14:39-04:00September 9th, 2019|Wine Blog|

In 2008, I was lucky enough to enter (and win) a wine competition organized by Wines Australia. The winners, there were 5 of us, were treated to an educational journey to Australia to explore the major wine regions from coast to coast. Since that time, I have returned to Aussie land just about every two years to sip their wines and learn more about their terrific wine culture. OK, I will admit it. I have a few favorite relatives living [...]

17 06, 2019

Non-Alcoholic Wine

By |2020-01-27T15:16:45-05:00June 17th, 2019|Wine Blog|

In recent times, I have found myself looking to lower the amount of alcohol I consume - for no other reason than I can feel myself getting older and believe the time to be concerned about longevity has arrived. In doing so, I work to increase the number of alcohol-free days each month by sipping non-alcoholic beers, wines, and spirits or enjoying low-alcoholic beverages. One might ask why drink at all? The answer is simple: On nights that choose not [...]

22 05, 2019

Zoning in on Priorat

By |2019-05-22T18:52:39-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Wine Blog|

Several years ago, I attended a wine conference in Priorat, Spain designed to re-introduce wine professionals around the globe to the historic region. Four sun-drenched days and many sips later, I was hopelessly in love. Hands down one of the most stunning and heroic wine regions in the world, the rugged terrain of Priorat (and the resulting wines) captured my heart. At some point during the weekend, the folks at the helm of the DOQ queried the attendees on the [...]

7 05, 2019

Spanish Springtime Sippers

By |2019-06-18T13:34:47-04:00May 7th, 2019|Wine Blog|

Rias Biaxas Fillaboa Winery While Spain's sun-drenched reds have garnered international attention decades, the country's native whites are on the rise with plenty of varieties on retail shelves just in time for spring to summer sipping. Grown in the cooler "green region" of Rias Baixas, Albarino (a native grape variety) lays claim to some of the country's best whites. Cooler temperatures tempered by ocean breezes allow Albarino producers to make refreshing whites with aromatic peach, lemon, kiwi and floral notes [...]

27 02, 2019

For Sake’s Sake

By |2019-02-27T13:52:19-05:00February 27th, 2019|Wine Blog|

This week kicks off Sake Week in London: A fact I find very interesting - mainly because I adore introducing friends to Sake. This past New Year's Eve, my husband and I hosted a dinner for 8 of our friends. We dubbed the event "Dinner of the Decades" to welcome in the last year of the current decade. The evening began in the living room with fire-side appetizers made famous in the 1950's such as deviled eggs and a relish tray [...]

27 07, 2018

Pairing Buttery Chardonnay

By |2018-07-27T22:03:44-04:00July 27th, 2018|Uncategorized, Wine Blog|

We have all seen terms like buttery, creamy, smooth on the back label of our favorite Chardonnay, but what does that mean in terms of pairing? For me, corn on the cob, lobster, and crab legs come to mind. The buttery texture of some Chardonnays just naturally stand up to foods that we often serve with butter. You might wonder why some Chardonnays have this creamy, buttery texture and flavor and others do not. In a word, malolactic fermentation. Ok [...]

31 08, 2016

Wine Chemistry 101

By |2016-08-31T18:55:35-04:00August 31st, 2016|Wine Blog|

Ever wondered where wine gets its aromas? While the science of wine is complicated, here's a snap shot answer: The grape: Each grape has a unique flavor profile or set of characteristics. Much like apples, no two varieties taste exactly the same. Think Granny Smith vs Honey Crip vs Red Delicious and you will get the picture. Fermentation: All wine grapes under go full or partial fermentation, which is the process of allowing yeast to convert the grape sugar into alcohol. Sometimes [...]

17 04, 2014

A Brutish Winter makes for a Bubbly Spring

By |2014-04-18T15:54:04-04:00April 17th, 2014|Wine Blog|

One can only hope that the brut winter weather of 2014 is finally over, but dare we utter the word “spring?” Most of us have a fear of jinxing the mild weather when it arrives by declaring spring has sprung – especially if you live anywhere in the north to central eastern part of the country.  Crazy weather patterns and polar vortex influences have wreaked havoc on our faith in predicting the forecast. That said, given the choice of glass [...]

25 01, 2012

Screwing Around with the Cork

By |2014-02-26T04:36:30-05:00January 25th, 2012|Wine Blog|

Most winelovers would like to say that they always open a bottle of wine using proper technique. That said, many times necessity (aka lack of an opener) overrides technique, and the vinous will takes over. Personally, I have been know to open a bottle of wine using a self-created method I call "pigeage-bouchon" or punching down the cork with a sturdy chopstick. It may not be pretty, but it gets the job done.  Stuck without a corkscrew in a formal setting? No worries.  I once [...]

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