There probably won’t be any snow — although you never know! — but there definitely will be lots of holiday spirit in California’s Napa Valley this month.
Here’s a look at just some of the special events around which a wine country holiday getaway could be built… Read more ›
Do you like Chardonnay?
Most wine drinkers would say yes.
But what style of Chardonnay do you like?
The answer to that question probably is a bit more complicated, and helps illustrate how both climate and a winemaker’s style influence the perception of wine. Read more ›
Rías Baixas (ree-ahs-buy-shuss) is the most important Denomination of Origin (DO) in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain.
The DO was formally established in 1988, and owes much of its acclaim to the white Albariño (al-ba-ree-nyo) grape, which has been elevated by many in Spain and abroad to near-cult status. Read more ›
Influenced by the cooling effect of the Pacific Ocean and a combination of summer fog, warm days and a long growing season, the Carneros wine region is an independent American Viticultural Area that straddles the southern boundaries of California’s Napa and Sonoma wine country.
Carneros became an official AVA in 1983, its unique characteristics based on climate and on its geographic features — the Pacific Ocean, the Coast Mountain Ranges and San Francisco Bay — that affect the region’s terroir and put a distinctive stamp on its grapes… and, ultimately, its wines. Read more ›
Many wineries grow their own grapes, and specialize in “estate” wines.
Many do not, and instead purchase grapes each year from growers. Some have long-term contracts to help assure continuity from vintage to vintage, but may lack complete control over how the vineyards are farmed.
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Thousands visit the tiny town of West Branch, Iowa, each year to learn about President Herbert Hoover’s early years and his contributions as President of the United States. Those that venture farther down Main Street encounter an unexpected bonus: a winery. Read more ›
Here’s a tasty way to “dispose” of leftover holiday ham.
This dish matches nicely with Beaujolais or Pinot Noir, and this recipe yields 6 servings. Read more ›
Sure, you can make sandwiches out of the leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
But if you’re feeling a bit more creative, try this tasty dish, which pairs nicely with Chardonnay.
Even though it includes veggies, the kids will love it because of its cheesy sauce. No wine for the little ones, though; instead, pour sparkling apple cider for them. Read more ›
The holiday season is upon us, and that means many of us will be spending more time in the kitchen than usual.
If you’d like to make an impression with an other-than-ordinary meal, use traditional family dishes as a starting point for your special menu, then add little twists to easy-to-prepare dishes to create a holiday feast that your family and friends will talk about for weeks. Read more ›
Food and wine pairing can be an extremely precise endeavor, or it can be as simple as, “Drink what you like!”
For those who enjoy opening the “right bottle” of wine with a specific dish, the Thanksgiving meal can present a daunting challenge. The conundrum: What wine matches with turkey, honey-glazed ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, cranberry sauce and corn bread? Read more ›