France’s Triple Play, Part II

In my last column, we looked at the climate factors that made 2015 to 2017 a magical era for French wines, as well as...

France’s Triple Play, Part I

After the unholy trilogy of the 2011 to 2013 vintages, French vignerons rejoiced in 2014 at even the quite pedestrian harvest of that year....

Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio

Need a sophisticated wine that delivers crisp mineral-laden citrus and palate-clearing acidity? Or a simple, inexpensive people-pleaser that offends none? How about a complex...

Zinfandel: One Grape’s Journey | Part II

In my last column, we followed our grape protagonist from humble beginnings in Croatia to its excellent California adventure as the darling of immigrant...

Zinfandel | One Grape’s Journey, Part I

Zinfandel is known as America’s wine (even though it probably originated in Eastern Europe) no other country has so wholeheartedly embraced this delicious varietal....

Austrian Wines

Do you remember the story of the farmer whose only son and co-worker had a severe fall from a horse and nearly died? This...

The freshness of Vinho Verdes

Vinho Verde is both the name of a region and a wine, but not the name of a grape. The region part is simple...

Falling Into Wine

Got down into the 20s last night — a chilly reminder that fall is here. We will be gifted by more crisp, cool air...

Tales from the Big Bottle, Part II

Do you know your Big Bottle size Jeroboam from your Rehoboam? Ok, as ridiculous as that question is, it is a great place to start...

Big bottles mean big fun

You show up at the party or have your own party with a couple of lovingly curated bottles of wine to add to the...