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...

Cracking the Wine Code

There was a great movie a few years back, called “ Windtalkers,” about how the U.S. Military recruited Navajos to transmit messages in their...

Design Your Own Wine Tasting Party

It is safe to say most wine lovers imbibe for shear enjoyment, whether to refresh in summer, to fortify in winter — like in...

Napa’s Original Terriorists: Al and Boots Brounstein

Most wine fans have heard of the concept of terroir, which in general describes a specific appellation’s — aka a vineyard area’s — location,...

Best wines to pair with pizza

After decades as both a sommelier and wine writer, I realized I have never written about pairing wine with America’s favorite food. To make...

Grower-Producer Champagnes

Those who read this column regularly know that for the most part I rarely hype the latest and greatest of the wine world. It...