Monthly Archives: January 2012

How (Wine) Times Have Changed in Lodi

In recent years, the wine clubs of Vinesse have featured a number of wines from California’s Lodi growing district. Why? Because they’re good! For many of those years, however, there was no “there” there when it came to Lodi. There was lots of vin…

Posted in Wine FAQ

A Super-Easy Dish for Super Sunday

Have you figured out what you’ll be serving during the “big game” next Sunday? We speak, of course, of the NFL Super Bowl, pitting the New York Giants against the New England Patriots. It’s likely to be the most-watched television program of the y…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Vinous Adventures in Portugal and South Africa

My first taste of international travel, other than a couple of long weekends in western Canada, came on a trip to Portugal’s capital city of Lisbon. I loved how a centuries-old downtown area had been preserved by designating most of the new constr…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

The Top Wine Stories of 2011

Criticizing the critic has become great sport in the Internet age, when anyone with an opinion — educated or otherwise — can share it with pretty much the whole world. Human nature motivates many to go after the “big dogs” with their criticism — p…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Yummers! Grilled Cheese and Wine

Is there anything better on a cold winter day than a grilled cheese sandwich? I think not! My Mom made a great grilled cheese — sometimes with plain white bread, and sometimes with buttermilk bread made at my folks’ bakery. (As one who grew up in …

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

A New Take on the Restaurant Wine List

Ah, the wine list. For many years, fine-dining restaurants that took wine seriously would publish their wine lists in leather-bound books. It was a very classy presentation… not to mention a sure sign that you’d be paying a lot of money for what…

Posted in Editor's Journal

‘Green’ Winemaking Has Come a Long Way

“Green” grape growing takes place under a number of names — including sustainable farming, biodynamic farming and so on. But the movement toward more Earth-friendly practices really got its start during the 1970s, when “organic wine” became all th…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

In the Footsteps of a Legend

Trying to follow Joe Heitz in the wine business is a bit like trying to follow Babe Ruth in the Yankees’ lineup. Lou Gehrig managed to pull it off, but there aren’t many Lou Gehrigs out there. For many years, the Heitz Cellar Napa Valley Cabernet …

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Will You Do Your Part?

Between 2010 and 2015, worldwide wine consumption is expected to increase by 2 billion bottles. Even in an age of trillion-dollar government debt, 2 billion is still a big number. The forecast, made by International Wine & Spirit Research, assumes…

Posted in The Wine Business

Wines to Uncork With Steak

Welcome, class, to Steak 101. Those who pass this course will advance immediately to Steak-and-Wine 102. Unless you’re a vegetarian, you probably like steak. But you’ve probably never thought much about it — that is, what makes a steak a steak. (P…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine Tips
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