The merlot wines of the Right Bank

In my last column, we discussed the great wines of the Medoc, or Left Bank Bordeaux. For this edition, we will expand on the Right Bank wines of Bordeaux. The Right Bank of the Dordogne River is...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Enjoying the complexity of a Bordeaux

Arguably, the greatest wines in the world come from Bordeaux, France. Even if you’re not familiar with this iconic region, you are likely familiar with the grapes responsible for making these...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Is pinotage wine more than the sum of its parts?

While New Zealand has its claim to fame with sauvignon blanc, Australia its shiraz and Spain its tempranillo, South Africa has pinotage. This unique variety, interestingly enough, is a cross of...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Looking for a fall wine? Try viognier

Apricot, peach, honey, spice and maybe a touch of butterscotch? Sounds delicious, wouldn’t you agree? For those familiar with viognier, this is a typical description of this relatively common grape...

DATE: Sept. 13, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Orange wines: Like rosés, but different

Over the past several years, the popularity of dry rosé has soared. For restaurateurs and retailers, if they don’t preorder and secure their summer’s allocation, they may be left out of the world’s...

DATE: Aug. 29, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Alsace’s wines are drier than you’d think

Alsace is considered a gem, a secret of the world of wine. It is a region known primarily for rich, dry white wines in varietals with which most of us are familiar. Located in northeastern France...

DATE: Aug. 8, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Three summer sparkling wine cocktails to mix things up

This summer has graced us with new wines for our exploration. From esoteric whites from Campania, Italy, to dry rosés from Bandol, France, to funky-named wines from Austria. It’s time to mix things...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Lighter wines: A new and growing trend

Keeping with the summertime theme of warm-weather wines, let’s discuss the growing trend toward and request for lower alcohol wines. In general, the alcohol content of a wine can range from 5 to...

DATE: July 4, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Austrian wines: Perfect for the summer heat

The heat is on. Summer has arrived in full force. While Durango temperatures seem hot, be thankful they’re not Phoenix temperatures. With the heat of summer comes the thirst for white wines and...

DATE: June 20, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Campania’s white wines: Crisp, clean, and new

Let’s kick off summer with some new and obscure white wines from Campania, Italy. Campania is located in the lower ‘shin of the Italian boot’ on the western side of the peninsula. This sun-soaked...

DATE: June 6, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Bandol: France’s southern, hedonistic red

For most, Provence brings to mind the famous and elegant salmon-colored rosés that have become the standard for the world across to emulate. While most associate this region tucked alongside the...

DATE: May 23, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

Boxed wines: They’re better than you think

For some, the idea of tap wine can seem intriguing. For others, it is appalling. Regardless, it is a countertop fixture that fits both budget and quality. And really, what is so wrong with wine on...

DATE: April 25, 2017 | COLUMN: The Grapevine

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