Alan Cuenca

Are you ready to finally open that bottle?

Open That Bottle Night is coming. What is OTBN all about? Open That Bottle Night was created by Wall Street Journal columnists Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher in 2000. It is an evening one night a...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2020 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Where can you find best syrah variety?

Do chocolate, coffee, raspberry, violets, black pepper and spice sound appealing? If so, you will likely enjoy wines made from the syrah grape. Not all syrah is equal – especially considering the...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2020 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Pairing wine with your winter meals

Knock, knock, knock. The holidays – the festive season of family, friends and feasts is here. As winter descends upon us, so does the change in dinner fare. The time for warm, rich soul food is...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2019 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

What should you pair with your holiday feast?

Fall is here, and winter and the holidays are quickly approaching. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it – which begs the question: Which wines shall we drink? The much-anticipated release of...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2019 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

The famous chardonnays of Burgundy

Not all chardonnay is created equal. Within the world of this iconic grape variety, there are two essential styles: the classic California style and the French or Burgundian style. If you find...

DATE: Oct. 2, 2019 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

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

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