So let’s first start with the obvious question: What is a wine blend? There are two different types. We’re going to cover the first one, but I would be completely remiss not to mention the second one: 1) Blends of different varietals (types of grapes) within the same bottle of wine...
So it’s not exactly a big secret that Terri and I are going to Italy this fall. In order to prep for the trip I’ve been taking Italian language lessons, reading my Frommers guide, watching travel shows about the cities we’re going to and getting some fab info from all of my...
Never heard of Grüner Veltliner (pronounced Grooner Velt-leener)? Neither had I until last year when a dear friend of mine in NYC recommended I try it as an exotic alternative to dry Riesling or Sauv Blanc. I’m so glad she did because it has quickly become one of my favorite white wines – when I can find it.
So after 10 months of sitting on photos and trying to make the time to write this, I am FINALLY going to write about our wine tasting tour in Tuscany. While it was only a day long and it seems like it should be easy to blog, I really wanted to do this justice. I also knew it was going to make me terribly nostalgic and wishing I was still in Italy. Ohhhhhh the aching pain to be back there!
Ahhhh yes! Old world vs. New World! What in the heck does that mean exactly? The first time I ever heard that mentioned several years ago I thought it meant old wines vs. new wines. Well if you’ve thought the same thing – you’re not COMPLETELY wrong exactly. It’s the...
We decided to to visit Zaca Mesa because I’ve read some wonderful things about them in Wine Enthusiast magazine. They have a few 90+ point wines as part of their repertoire, and I was determined to taste them.
It was only about a month ago that I was half paying attention and grabbed a bottle labeled “Pinot Grigio” without noticing it came from a winery in Napa, and I was horrified when I opened the bottle.
This winery is by far our favorite winery for Cabernet Sauvignon, and I would argue to the death that it’s one of the best Cab producers in California. And that’s not even just my humble, non-professional opinion.
Markham is by far one of our favorite wine producers so we were SO EXCITED to go to their facility for the first time. The tasting room is cool and contemporary with a beautiful koi pond outside. They also happened to have a photography display of Rolling Stone covers taken by famed photographer, Baron Wolman. As two photographers, we were certainly in heaven tasting wine and looking at the gallery display.
Boasting 107 rooms covering 121,000 square feet on 170 acres, this castle makes it impossible to get bored. It even has a moat, drawbridge, great hall, chapel and torture chambers (rest assured nobody has actually been held or tortured.) The castle officially opened it’s doors in 2007 and has been flooded with mystified visitors ever since.
If you’re not already done with your Christmas parties, there’s yet another festive holiday drink you can make for yourself or your friends/family. Much like my others this one also only calls for a few basic ingredients.
I have to admit that my original mix for this went awry when I couldn’t find lime sorbet. Can you believe it? NOBODY sells it in my area. Not even Whole Foods and they sell all the hard-to-find things (AKA “weird stuff”)! The original plan was to have a Champagne Mojito Float. But as life sometimes teaches us, the best detours are always the unexpected ones. 🙂