How does one become a sommelier?

Perhaps one of the best friends to have is a sommelier, or one who has traveled through the ranks of the Court of Master Sommeliers. If you are lucky enough to have befriended a sommelier, then...

DATE: Sept. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Seek sweet in a bottle of ‘holy wine’

Need a little sweet in your life? Something to dip your biscotti in? If so, look no further than the infamous dessert wine, Vin Santo. The wine is renowned in Italy, and its name translates to...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2019 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Put down your winter reds and grab one of these

It’s time for spring to officially move on and let summer reign. For hearty red-wine drinkers, the extension of what seemed like an endless winter and wet spring suited their glasses. However, the...

DATE: June 19, 2019 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

The forgotten white wines of Bordeaux

Some of greatest and most expensive red wines and dessert wines in the world come from Bordeaux, France. While these two styles garner most of the attention in this iconic region, the white wines...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

With spring, it is rosè season once again

It’s that time of year again when the chill of winter fades and spring blossoms. It appears that this year’s season of mud will be prolonged. For most, this means we must endure a longer-than-usual...

DATE: March 27, 2019 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Montalcino: An alternative to Chianti

It’s all too easy for lovers of Chianti to stick with what they know. Chianti and its big brother Chianti Classico can be wonderful wines, but there are alternatives similar in price, quality and,...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Pairing wine for the perfect winter feast

’Tis the season for family, friends and feasts. For those having turkey, please reference my Nov. 21 column for a breakdown on the traditional turkey menu. However, for those planning on ham, lamb...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Why the stemware holding your wine matters

Does the shape of your wine glass really make a difference? The answer ultimately depends on your objective. Sure, enjoying your wine out of a coffee mug or mason jar will still give you the...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

What to pair with your holiday feast

The question is always asked: Which wine pairs best with turkey and the typical accompaniments of a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? The answer has evolved over the years and is now: whatever you...

DATE: Nov. 21, 2018 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

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

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