Monthly Archives: April 2010

How to Beat the Tax Day Blues

     Exactly one week has passed since Tax Day 2010.

     And if you’re like many Americans, you wrote a check to Uncle Sam that you really would have preferred not to write.

     But life goes on, and let’s face it, wine is an important part of life. So, the next time you eat out, don’t settle for iced tea; have a glass or share a bottle of wine.

     Here are two ways you can do just that…

Posted in Wine Cellar Notes

Backyard Nibbling and Sipping

     As the days get longer, the opportunities for outdoor eating increase. Here’s a recipe for some tasty treats that match beautifully with sparkling wine or a well-chilled white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, Vinho Verde or Chenin Blanc. It makes about 3 dozen nibblers.

SUN-DRIED TOMATO & BRIE TOASTS

Ingredients

* 10-oz. wedge chilled Brie
* 7.5-oz. jar sun-dried tomatoes (in oil), drained…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

The Wonders of Australia's Hunter Valley

     To visit the Hunter Valley is to experience and enjoy the good things in Australian life… and to reward yourself.

     The Hunter Valley is Australia’s oldest wine region. This is the home of world-class Hunter Valley Semillon that has been called “Australia’s unique gift to the world,” wonderful Australian Shiraz that ages gracefully for years, and generations of family winemakers who love to tell their tales.

     Add to this a wide array of traditional and contemporary delights – things you’d expect of a world-famous wine region – and you’ll find…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

The Never-Ending 'Pop Wine' Wars

     There has long been a somewhat snobbish attitude in America that anything that is popular can’t possibly be good.

     That’s why genres such a “pop music” and “pop art” are looked down upon by those supposedly in the know. Among music fans, it’s much more hip, so the perception goes, to be into jazz or alt-country. Among art patrons, an appreciation for impressionism or surrealism is the price of admission to the most esteemed galleries.

     The world of wine is not immune to this pop culture phenomenon. Wine aficionados turn up their noses and roll their eyes at…

Posted in Editor's Journal
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