Great Wines for 2020, Part III

Ground Control to Major Tom: “Fire up the Airbus A320 because we got a long way to go and a short time to get...

Great Wines for 2020, Part II

As the Sharks so enthusiastically sang in the movie “West Side Story:” “I like to be in Am-er-i-ca,” especially in this installment of our...

Great wines for 2020, Part I

To ring in the New Year, let’s explore the 12 months in front of us with the joy only a wine adventure can bring....

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...