Thursday, October 19, 2017
Featured, Grapes

Roussanne

Roussanne, one of the grapes at the heart of many a white wine from the southern Rhône Valley, remains among the more obscure grape varieties thanks to the lack of ubiquity of white wines from southern France. Its name is derived from the russet hue that its berries acquire when they reach maturity.
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News

Duval-Leroy Set to Exploit Second-Best

You’ve gotta love The Onion! Going to college in Chicago in the early ’90s meant that The Onion (which started in Madison, WI) was my comic meat every week. Even after it caught on nationwide around the turn of the millennium, it kept its edge, perhaps becoming even snarkier. Here, America’s Finest [...]

Featured, Tastings, Wine & Food Pairing

Wine of Small Interest…

…which should be of larger interest, but these are the realities, I suppose. Matteo Correggia, who is himself no longer with us (a tragic loss of a young winemaker, father, and regional standard bearer), is one of the Italian Piedmont’s most important producers. Based in the Roero, the Correggia estate makes a broad [...]

Featured, Tastings, Wine & Food Pairing

Wine of Small Interest…

…which should be of larger interest, but these are the realities, I suppose. Matteo Correggia, who is himself no longer with us (a tragic loss of a young winemaker, father, and regional standard bearer), is one of the Italian Piedmont’s most important producers. Based in the Roero, the Correggia estate makes a broad [...]

Featured, Overthinking

Unraveling a Mystery: Terroir

The word terroir is an outrageously overused term by wine retailers, sommeliers, wine writers, and knowledgeable amateurs, and it deserves a definition and a bit of deconstruction. We use the term in two distinct ways, and this is a source of trouble insofar as it makes the overall concept difficult to explain. I [...]

Sabering Champagne

Clearly there is a flaw in the glass….

Identity Crisis: Marselan

Humans and beavers are the only two mammals that alter their environment to suit their needs. Humans are the only ones that do it, on a large or small scale, out of curiosity AND necessity. Marselan, a hybrid-crossing of Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon, is one of those environmental tweaks that hasn’t had much [...]

Strange Partners

I’ve been drinking a fairly old wine this evening–middle-aged would be a better description, as it is but 14 years old, in its prime, and not likely to improve further: the Château de Beaucastel 1996 Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is really quite beautiful, and as this wine is unlike most Chateauneuf-du-Pape anyway (it is mostly [...]

Clumsy Wine Tasting

I wish I’d thought of this, but then again, no sane retailer would play this kind of joke on his customers….

Wine Region Once Removed

In the Loire Valley, the appellations are mostly dispersed along the banks of the Loire River, and some of its tributaries. There are a few curious regions that are generally included under the administrative umbrella of the Loire Valley that have about as much in common with the Loire as a cygnet does with [...]

Giving Wine a Pop Quiz

Wine, even basic-yet-tasty wine, really fascinates me. This is why I loathe the 100-point scale for assessing wine. Scoring wines in this way is…you know, I can’t actually say what I’m thinking, because I want this to remain a family-friendly site…. Okay, how’s this: giving wine a numeric score is the crowning [...]

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