Monthly Archives: June 2009

Creating a 'Green' Model for Other Wineries

    California’s Parducci Wine Cellars has received the Climate
Champion Award from the California Climate Action Registry, a leading
international thought center addressing climate change issues.

     “Winegrowing begins with the health of the land and its
environment,” says Parducci partner Paul Dolan. “The wine business must
respond to the challenge…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

We'll Catch You Next Week

***image3***     Editor Robert Johnson is taking the day off. His regular Monday “Editor’s Journal” posting will resume next week.

     Meanwhile, be sure to check back here all this week for your daily dose of wine news, including…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Wine and Alzheimer's Prevention

    QUESTION: I’ve heard about a lot of studies regarding wine and
health. Has a study been done about wine and Alzheimer’s disease?

     ANSWER: According to a study published in the Journal of
Neuroscience, the polyphenols found in red wine and grape seeds may…

Posted in Wine FAQ

Pairing Wine with Chinese Food

    Vinesse often recommends “Asian fare” in the tasting notes that accompany club wines.

     But even when we narrow the focus to Chinese, Japanese or Thai, we
realize we’re still painting with a rather wide brush. Each type of
cuisine has unique characteristics and variations, and even the type of
spice or sauce used in a “spicy” dish can impact the wine choice.

     Here’s one way of looking at it: In Western cooking, the wine often could be thought of as the “sauce” that goes with…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

The Dessert-and-Wine Conundrum

     Desserts can be challenging to match with wines, but when the
overriding flavor of the treat is lemon, the possibilities multiply.

     Try these cookies (this recipe yields about 38 cookies) with Viognier, off-dry Chenin Blanc, Gruner Veltliner or Riesling…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Perfect for Casual Dining

     Here’s an easy-to-make dish that’s perfect for casual spring or summer dining.

     It matches nicely with a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc,
Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio, and this recipe makes 2 servings.

VEGETARIAN BLACK BEAN TACOS…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Wining and Dining with the Obamas

***image2***     It has been a while since there was a foodie in the Oval Office.

     But now that Barack and Michelle Obama have taken up residence in
Washington, D.C., exceptional wining and dining has returned to the
White House — particularly when there is a state dinner.

     When they were still living and working in Chicago, the Obamas
frequented some of that city’s most popular dining destinations.
Favorite dishes became…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

The Columbia Gorge: A Region Like No Other

    Nestled within and just beyond the stunning beauty of the Columbia
River Gorge National Scenic Area sits a wine region like no other.

     Located 60 miles east of Portland and Vancouver, the region is
defined by the Columbia River Gorge, a narrow passage that marks the
dramatic transition from eastern desert to cool maritime climate as the
Columbia River cuts through the Cascade Mountain range on its way to
the Pacific Ocean.

     The region encompasses the corridor flanking the river in both Washington and Oregon, and includes the Columbia Gorge and…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

We Need More Wine on Our TV Programs

    When I have some… okay, a lot… of time on my hands, I start
thinking about what some TV shows might be like if they had
wine-related themes…

     * Cold Case — Lilly Rush leads a squad of detectives who use
their understanding of the criminal mind to track down cases of wine
that have mysteriously disappeared from Philadelphia restaurants.

     * Extreme Makeover: Home Edition — A deserving family has its
home completely rebuilt in order to accommodate the most important
feature of any home: a walk-in wine cellar. A weekly highlight involves…

Posted in Editor's Journal

It's a Supery Homecoming for Scholz

    Emma Swain, President of St. Supery Vineyards & Winery, has
announced the appointment of Michael Scholz to winemaker of the
family-owned, estate winery located in the Napa Valley.

     Scholz is not a newcomer to the Napa Valley nor to St. Supery. He
returns to St. Supery after serving as the winery’s winemaker from 1996
to 2001.

     During his first tenure, he created the distinctive style that
made St. Supery a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
The Cabernet Sauvignon wines Scholz created for St. Supery also…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction
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