This holiday season, seek out an artisan Champagne

The holiday season is quickly approaching. Holiday and family gatherings always require bubbles – or sparkling wines. It’s all too easy to grab the recognizable bottle, but for those interested in...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Take time to stop and smell the rosés

Do dusty cherries, licorice, rose petals and sandalwood with a hint of tar sound intriguing? Following last edition’s focus on palate and tasting assessment, we’ll now focus on bouquet. For those...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Are you truly tasting wine to its fullest?

Most of us enjoy wine with friends, family and, occasionally, strangers. Sometimes it’s just an aperitif or cocktail; other times, it’s to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, family reunion or...

DATE: Oct. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

5 rules for successful wine pairing

The cliché is true: red with red, white with white. That’s the simplest way of clearing up confusion about wine pairing. While this basic advice covers virtually any meal and wine pairing, there is...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

South Africa’s wines: From 1650s to today

Over the past 20 years, we have witnessed a significant increase in quality wine from South Africa. Grapes, though, have been grown in and around Cape Town since the 1650s. The South African wine...

DATE: Sept. 11, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

The deep, red wines of Portugal

Portugal is best known for their fortified dessert wines from Oporto and their fun and spritzy Vinho Verdes. Albeit, cork production there exceeds wine production. However, over the past decade the...

DATE: Aug. 28, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Toro: Spain’s other red wine

For lovers of Spanish reds, the great wines of Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Priorat and Jumilla are the classic standouts. However, many have yet to discover the relatively new Denominacion de Origen...

DATE: Aug. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Sardinia’s wines might get you to 100

It is rumored that the longevity of the Sardinian people is due to the high concentrations of resveratrol in their wine. Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in the skins of grapes, blueberries and...

DATE: July 16, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

The sauvignon blancs of the Loire Valley

For sauvignon blanc lovers who have not experienced the delicious wines of France’s Loire Valley, exploring it can refreshingly appeal to a summer palate. The Loire Valley lies in the northern half...

DATE: July 4, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Want a new summer red? Try Barbera

Summer is here. For many, the switch from red to white is a normal transition. For others, however, red wine is an all year enjoyment. Regardless of whether it’s red, white or rosè that typically...

DATE: June 20, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Explore the mysterious, multifaceted wines of Jura

The Jura district in eastern France is perhaps one of the least known regions for wine. The region sits between Burgundy and Switzerland and is so isolated that its long-standing traditions have...

DATE: June 6, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

New Zealand’s growing pinot noir country

Attention pinot noir lovers. Your preference may be Sonoma, Oregon or Burgundy, but you probably have yet to try the up-and-coming region of Central Otago, New Zealand. While we all know that that...

DATE: May 23, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

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