Monthly Archives: July 2010

Collector Now Has All 20 'Judgment of Paris' Wines

The “Judgment of Paris” is undoubtedly the most famous wine tasting in history.

It was at that 1976 gathering in France that French judges – tasting blind – gave higher ratings to a number of American bottlings than to their French counterparts.

It’s the event that put American wine – and California wine, in particular – on the world wine map…

Posted in Wine in the Glass

Rose: It's Not Just for Drinking Anymore

What’s that? You didn’t finish that bottle of Rose with dinner last night, and tonight’s dinner calls for a white wine?

No worries. If you have about half-a-bottle left, you have enough wine to make this fun and refreshing dessert – a Rose jelly, mixed with fresh fruit.

This recipe makes four servings, but keep one thing in mind: The jelly itself will need about four hours of chilling time…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

New Book Tells Untold Story of a Forgotten Grape

Ask just about anyone about American wine, and chances are they’ll think of Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay… or perhaps White Zinfandel.

And they’re very likely to mention the Napa Valley, which is, after all, America’s most famous wine region.

What they almost certainly won’t know is that winemaking on the North American continent originated more than two centuries ago in the soils of Virginia and Missouri…

Posted in Wine Buzz

New Wine Discoveries in New Mexico

About 400 years ago, Don Juan de Onate led a small band of Spanish colonists from New Spain (now Mexico) northward, up the trail that would later be known as El Camino Real.

Their mission: to settle the fertile valleys of the upper Rio Grande.

With the colonists came Franciscan monks who needed wine for their daily mass. Only a small sip was required – but it had to be wine…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles
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