Italian Wines

Italy is a growing region that I do not know enough about with respect to either its wines or its geography. The one thing that I do know is that I like Italian wine quite a bit, and every glass I taste always causes me to make an empty promise to myself to learn more. This article appears to be a good primer for getting started down that road. Two of my friends from wine […]

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Interesting look at how a Sommelier can make a difference for an establishment

This article shows how the right person can change the entire direction of a restaurant. I love the following concept. If you’ve ordered a bottle of wine that you don’t like at Johnny Delmonico’s, Craig Madigan would like you to please send it back. Regardless of whether it’s bad or good, Madigan, the restaurant’s relatively new sommelier, suggests you exchange any wine that doesn’t please your palate for something else. “Please let us know, and […]

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Mind Blowing Wines

I can’t say that I have tried any of the wines these folks are recommending, but the price is just right and they are from my adopted home town. I’d say they might be worth giving a try. “Wines blow my mind when the purity of the grape is in the glass, and when the winemaker knows that it’s his or her job to accurately reflect the conditions of that vintage year — not to […]

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Wine art in Texas

It is not often I wish that I lived in west Texas, but this sounds like a great reason to visit. “Picasso, Renoir, Bonnard, Maillol, Daumier, and many of the other artists featured in this exhibition saw wine and probably drank it daily,” Lindell said in the exhibition’s notes. “Thus, including wine in their art means they were reflecting daily life as well as the legacy of wine in art history.”

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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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Viognier

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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