Monthly Archives: March 2014

Getting to Know the New Capital of Malbec

Mendoza is the main winemaking province of Argentina, producing more than 80% of the country’s wines from its more than 395,000 acres of vineyards. Much of what is produced in Mendoza is Malbec, the variety historically used as a minor

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

‘Albereto’ Sets the Standard in Italian Olive Oil

Virtually every great meal I’ve ever had has involved, at least in some measure, wine and olive oil.

Posted in Vinesse Style

A Birthday Celebration Like No Other at Charles Krug Winery

A big birthday — about as big as they get — is coming up for a Napa Valley wine industry pioneer in nine days.

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

All One Really Needs Is a Microwave and a Glass of Merlot…

Only a few days remain in “Frozen Food Month.” Have you “celebrated” yet with a frozen dinner and a nice glass of wine? Take a stroll down the frozen food aisle at your neighborhood supermarket, and you’ll notice that frozen

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Grounds for Appeal: Wine Is Coming to More Starbucks Locations

When I first wrote about Starbucks experimenting with wine service, it was the summer of 2009, and the “market research” was restricted to a single location in the company’s hometown of Seattle.

Posted in Wine Buzz

Michigan Lawmakers Make a Welcome Decision for Wine Lovers

For more than 10 years, I’ve made an annual trek to the community of St. Joseph in southwestern Michigan for an concert dubbed “Smooth Jazz at Sunset.” As I noted in this blog, the South Cliff Inn makes a comfortable

Posted in The Wine Business

Finally! It’s Time to Dine (and Sip) on Lighter Fare

Now that Spring has finally sprung, we’re likely to start thinking about lighter fare and the lighter wines that go with it. As the temperatures climb, we eschew stews and opt for dishes that don’t fill us up quite so

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

A Sommelier Is Fired for Fulfilling His Job Description

I don’t like to get political in these postings. Frankly, your politics are your business, and my politics are my business. But at the risk of offending some who may serve within our judicial system, let me just say this

Posted in Editor's Journal

Red Robin Restaurants Are Shaking Up the Wine World

Is there still a place for wine within America’s burgeoning cocktail culture? That question came to mind when I read this report from USA Today.

Posted in Editor's Journal

Got Salt? Get Sparkling Wine!

The consumption of sparkling wine need not be limited to New Year’s Eve, weddings or other special occasions. Whether it’s Champagne from France, Prosecco from Italy, Cava from Spain, or sparkling wine from some other winegrowing country, bubbly can be

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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