Cooking with wine

The conventional wisdom is that you should always cook with a wine that you would drink. I think that is complete and utter nonsense. The aforementioned conventional wisdom probably sprang from the days when folks would buy bottles labeled cooking wine. I don’t even know if they sell such a thing anymore. I typically have a few open bottles of wine on my counter that I use when I cook, and no way would I […]

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Wine experts usually exhort their readers to branch out and try new styles. Usually this is an effort to move people out of their cabernet and chardonnay ruts. Often times the recommendation for chardonnay drinkers is to try viognier. While I definitely agree with this advice, the information in this article on the varietal makes me wonder if this is because California wine makers are not getting the most out of this wonderful grape. From […]

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Price and predjudice

I have been trying to avoid this topic, hoping it would go away, but it just won’t. Recently there have been a spate of articles claiming that the price of a wine has an effect on the drinker’s perception of how good it is. Reading the research study findings does not exactly bear out this conclusion, but almost every article that I have seen, and there have been many of them over the past week, […]

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Wine grows in popularity with young Americans

It seems that wine sales are up yet again this year, and especially so among younger adults. This is especially striking given these numbers from this article: The number of U.S adults who call themselves wine drinkers has risen 53 percent since 2000, from 49 million to 75 million. Over the same period, the number of people who said they drink alcohol — but not wine — dropped 13 percent, Gillespie said. The article then […]

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The downside of wine clubs

Let me preface these comments by saying that I love wine clubs. I am such a fan of my favorite one that I link to their site in my sidebar, and seem to mention them in about every 3rd post. I have discovered many excellent wines through wine clubs. However, there is an uncontrollable downside to them sometimes. Last night I opened a Chilean cab that I had gotten from a recently canceled club. They […]

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Petit Courbu

Petit Courbu is not a grape that you hear about every day. In fact, it isn’t a grape that very many folks ever hear about. A search of Wikipedia only brings us a listing for Courbu, of which it is a variety, but which doesn’t even merit an entry. The fine folks at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant’s sent us a bottle in one of their wine club shipments. My first thought was “What the @&#* […]

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