Monthly Archives: January 2013

How About a Glass of “Guy’s Grenache”?

You wouldn’t normally expect to find good wine at a diner, a drive-in or a dive. And yet the host of Food Network’s program devoted to those very establishments, Guy Fieri, has gotten into the wine business in a big way. According to this story in…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Wine and Chocolate… Together

There is not much middle ground when it comes to the topic of pairing wine and chocolate. Some sommeliers completely dismiss the idea that the two can even co-exist, let alone make beautiful music together. Others sing the pairing’s praises to the…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes, Wine Buzz

Needed: A New Name for “Two-Buck Chuck”

Say it ain’t so, Bo. Tell me it’s not true, Stu. That can’t be the plan, Stan. Actually, Bo, Stu and Stan have nothing to do with this, but Chuck does. So, what the heck is going on here, Chuck? For the last 10 years or so, we’ve been able to visi…

Posted in The Wine Business

Letting the Land Speak for Itself

The winery makes limited quantities of hillside estate red wines from its own sustainably-farmed vineyards. It’s a family-owned estate in Healdsburg, within the beautiful Dry Creek Valley. The wines are aromatic, complex and elegant. And the name …

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Area Code 805: Exploring the Arroyo Grande Valley

Was it the original “Beverly Hills 90210” television program that first made us aware of how certain Zip Codes are more, for lack of a better word, privileged than others? Zip Codes aren’t the only numbers that can tell a subtle story. So can area…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Wine Country on a Budget

Why do we go to Wine Country? To get away from the rat race for a few days, soak in some gorgeous scenery and, of course, taste a lot of wine. But it can be expensive, particularly if your Wine Country destination is Napa Valley or Sonoma County. …

Posted in Editor's Journal

Matching the “Tropical” Style of Chardonnay

Because Chardonnay is made in so many styles—oaky and buttery… tropical… steely… “unoaked”—you need to be aware of the style when pairing it with food. This Sauteed Snapper dish calls for a “tropical” style of Chardonnay—one th…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

An Update on the Chicago Wine Bar Scene

Bin 36 and Pops for Champagne are two of Chicago’s long-established wine bars. They’re great places to see, be seen and sip wine in style. And they’re located mere blocks apart in the downtown River North area. But if you’ve been there and done th…

Posted in Vinesse Style

What They’re Drinking in D.C. Today

It’s Inauguration Day. The public Inauguration Day, anyway. (A private oath ceremony was scheduled to have taken place yesterday.) President Barack Obama becomes the 17th American President to be sworn in for a second term. And even though today’s…

Posted in Editor's Journal

A Syrah/Shiraz-Friendly Recipe

This recipe yields 4 servings, which means you can enjoy it and a bottle of wine with friends. And the wine to serve? Syrah from California or Shiraz from Australia. LIVER AND ONIONS Ingredients 1 lbs. calves or veal liver, thinly sliced 1 cup o…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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