Fascinating Wines

What do you think?

While “hop-pocalyptic” IPAs and boozy barrel-aged stouts may be kings of the American craft beer scene, two classic German styles have recently surged in popularity: Berliner weisse (pronounced “Bear-LEEH-nuh VICE-uh”) and gose (“GOES-uh”). The styles are tart, thirst quenching and low in alcohol, which make them ideal session beers as the weather warms. Because of a characteristic lack of bitterness, [...]

Who’s ready for black wine?

Name all the colors of wine, and you’ll start with the obvious ones: red, white and pink, or rosé. Maybe you know about orange wine, or vinho verde — “green wine” from Portugal that’s technically a white, but we’ll let it slide. There’s even blue wine (we taste-tested it; it was mostly gross). It’s time to add another color to [...]

Would you drink it?

Buried in a tomb in near Xianyang, the ancient capital of the Qin Dynasty, archaeologists have found a 2,000-year-old bronze jug that still has rice wine in it. It is one of numerous artifacts found in the tomb at an excavation site of commoners’ graves in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province. The artifact dates back to the late Warring States time [...]

A talking wine bottle?

I was at a dinner party recently where the host had graciously pulled out a $100 Napa Valley cabernet, but a $10 bottle of wine stole the show. It talked to us, literally. Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is the first to create “talking wine labels” to stand out from the hundreds of brands cluttering the shelves of massive retailers. It [...]

Great Monday morning read.

Wines at the most expensive and prestigious end of the spectrum continue to grow in popularity. And prices, which have been climbing for years, show no signs of slowing down. But for all of the attention that the most sought-after wines get — their scores are parsed; their SRPs and performance at auction are analyzed — the economics of [...]

How To Market Wine No One’s Heard Of: Petit Verdot From Virginia

Normally, when I send out invitations for tastings featured in this Wednesday Night Wine series, I have no trouble filling the seats with ten to fifteen enthusiastic consumers who “weigh in” with their opinions as we taste through bottles aligned with that week’s theme. This time, when the theme was wine from the state of Virginia, the response went far [...]

A wine fountain?!

Breaking news: Italy has a free public wine fountain. But before you ask – no, you can’t bring the pregame party over before you head to the bar. The too-good-to-be-true locale is not a place for “drunkards” or “louts,” as noted by Dora Sarchese Vineyards, whose red wine flows from the fountain’s spout. Explorers can find it in Caldari di [...]

Orange Wine

The sloping vineyards of New York’s Finger Lakes region known for producing golden-hued rieslings and chardonnays also are offering a splash of orange wine. The color comes not from citrus fruit, but by fermenting white wine grapes with their skins on before pressing – a practice that mirrors the way red wines are made. Lighter than reds and earthier than [...]

In case you were wondering!

If rosé is “summer water,” sangria has got to be summer’s “juice.” On hot summer days, there’s nothing quite as thirst-quenching as a glass of juicy, fruity, and extra-boozy sangria. With tons of sangria recipes out there, finding that perfect summer recipe can certainly be a challenge — until now. READ MORE…