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Wine Column

  • Willamette Valley: The New Burgundy

    By Lou Phillips on March 22, 2017
    Our worldwide wine tour’s next stop is Oregon’s Willamette Valley, aka “The New Burgundy.” The Willamette Valley is becoming a great wine region because it has the magic combination of exceptional soils, climate and wine producers who blend talent, dedication and resources to get the most out of the grapes. Along with the quality of the wines, another reason for […]
  • Meet the new port

    By Lou Phillips on March 7, 2017
    What do you think of when you hear the word port? I bet you picture the complex, rich and earthy, fortified sweet wine to be enjoyed as an after-dinner treat. That is correct because that is the only type legally allowed to be labeled as Port and, until recently, that is all that Portugal was known for in the world […]
  • Wine tour to Saratoga

    By Lou Phillips on February 21, 2017
    OK, fellow wine lovers, what’s on our checklist for an ideal, quick, wine-country getaway? It should be an easy drive, so we can get there comfortably and bring vino back. We want multiple wineries, scenic vistas, moderate crowds, affordable tastings, great eats and, of course, world-class juice. Sommelier Jeffrey Perisho rocks the bubbles. | Lou Phillips In our getaway series […]
  • Pianeta Ristorante

    By Lou Phillips on February 8, 2017
    Nestled in the heart of Truckee’s historic downtown is Pianeta Ristorante with a cozy atmosphere, excellent Northern Italian cuisine, unique wine and cocktail program and an amazing staff. Pianeta has been a welcome respite for dining aficionados since 1998. Elegance, Pianeta style. | Courtesy Pianeta Co-owners and operators Nicole and Tom Beckering greet you at the door or from behind […]
  • A New York State of Wine, Part II

    By Lou Phillips on January 25, 2017
    Story by Lou Phillips  ·   New York Wines, Part I, in our previous issue (available at TheTahoeWeekly.com) covered the sometimes frigid Finger Lakes Region where Riesling is queen. Now we’re heading south to the coast to visit the Empire State’s other wine mecca – Long Island. Read Part I of New York State of Wine Courtesy Wölffer Estate Vineyard […]
  • A New York State of Wine, Part I

    By Lou Phillips on January 12, 2017
    In the 1970s, when Frank Sinatra sang, “Start spreadin’ the news,” he sure wasn’t touting New York wines. Now, we are spreadin’ the news that New York state is making some mighty fine wine. It has always made a lot as the third largest U.S. producer, but until recently the wines were mostly funky jug versions from hybrid and native […]
  • Southern Hemisphere delights

    By Lou Phillips on December 28, 2016
    By Lou Phillips ·  After cold winter days filled with sliding, gliding and sledding, who doesn’t love a rich, spicy red wine to keep the blood flowing? And after a season of spending on holiday gifts and travel, who wouldn’t love a value? Carménère, Chile’s signature wine. | Lou Phillips Well, I’ve got a solution for both. Look to the […]
  • All-American New Year’s

    By Lou Phillips on December 14, 2016
    In 2017, we’re all on the same team. OK, that’s my positivity pledge and feel free to steal the mantra. With that as a theme, how about a look at domestic sparkling wines? Call them champagnes if you prefer. We’ll focus on quality American bubbles made with classic grapes in the classic winemaking method. First, let’s look at the similarities […]
  • The gift of wines

    By Lou Phillips on November 30, 2016
    If you’ve got vino lovers in your life, your holiday shopping is about to get easy as wine. What is their birth year or their child’s, the year their IPO popped or any other important year in their life? Get him or her a bottle from that cherished year. Port and Sauternes Madeira | Lou Phillips A gift favorite of […]
  • Holiday wines on a budget

    By Lou Phillips on November 16, 2016
    VouvrayPicture a classic Thanksgiving feast with a multitude of dishes and courses that feature ingredients, flavors, textures, herbs and spices of all sorts. Lots of planning, purchasing and preparation go into this classic and meaningful repast. That’s why I’m determined this year to make your wine parings easy, delicious, impressive and affordable (for less than $10) — you’re welcome. Of […]