Everything happens for a Riesling

Everything happens for a Riesling

October is one of my favorite months. It fully falls with cold mornings and nights, but warm days, perfect weather for warm drinks and comfort food. Although to be honest my favorite part of October is the annual Oktober Fest! Generally, when you think Oktober Fest, you think German brats, beer, and pretzels. Wine is usually not the first thing … Read More

Eat, Drink and Be Merry with Federweisser!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry with Federweisser!

In the Northern hemisphere September through October is harvest season for wine grapes. Evoking images of red, yellow, and brown leaves, bountiful tables overflowing, and gold moons the word harvest is synonymous with plenty. In wineries across Germany, it is also synonymous with Federweisser (Featherwhite), a particularly wonderful and playful version of young wine. Also called new wine, Federweisser is … Read More

Wine terms and what they mean

Wine terms and what they mean

Do you ever listen to someone talk about wine and wonder what the heck they mean when they say something like, “The tannins are extremely chewy.”? Do you think to yourself, “What in the world are tannins and are we sure we are drinking the same wine because there is nothing chewy in my glass!”? Wine is one of those … Read More

To chill or not to chill your wine?

To chill or not to chill your wine?

There are optimal temperature ranges to drink your wine. Wine serving temperature isn’t an exact science so you do have a bit of room to play around with. The reason why you should try to fit your bottle in these ranges is that it really does affect the taste of what is in the glass. Although if it is a … Read More

Why sulfites in your wine isn’t necessarily bad

Why sulfites in your wine isn't necessarily bad

Usually the phrase “Contains added______” on a bottle label is enough to make most people wary of purchasing the product. However, not all additives are created equal. In any processed food there will be added substances, and wine is not only a processed food but a very volatile one. Think about it; unprocessed, wine is just crushed grapes, no alcohol … Read More

How to open a champagne bottle without flinching

How to open a champagne bottle

Remember the scene at the beginning of Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom where the bad guy shoots Indy’s waiter friend using the popping of a champagne bottle to mask the sound of the gun going off? Remember how the champagne that is popped goes off in this explosion of wine and rich people laughing? Yeah, that is the … Read More

A Pro’s cheat sheet to understanding a Champagne bottle label

How to read a champagne label

Sometimes a wine label can be confusing, especially if it is in a foreign language. Fortunately, figuring out what the label means is not that hard. This takes a lot of the guesswork out of buying wine and helps prevent you buying a bottle that you won’t want to finish. On Champagne and sparkling wine bottles, the information given is … Read More

Different glasses for different wine and why it actually matters

Different wine glasses for different wines

Dedicated styles of wine glasses are a fairly recent phenomenon in wine drinking. Riedel first introduced this concept in the 19th century. Before that, as an Italian friend once told me, “Any glass that holds wine is a wine glass”. And this is absolutely true if the only reason you are drinking wine is to get buzzed. If you are … Read More

How to taste wine like a pro in 3 easy steps

How to taste wine like a pro in 3 easy steps

What do you taste when you drink wine? Do you taste the fruit flavor of the grapes? How about vanilla or a hint of nuts? A good wine is complex with layers of flavor that develop and blend. Some wines, such as Riesling, are “terroir-expressive” which means the wine tastes a lot like where it was grown. This is how … Read More

What’s in a (wine) name: Syrah or Shiraz?

What’s in a (wine) name: Syrah or Shiraz?

Let’s just start by clearing something up right away. Syrah (Sih-Rah) and Shiraz (Shir-Az) are the exact same wine. When Australians brought the grape from France to Australia they changed the name from Syrah to Shiraz. No one knows exactly why Australians started calling the wine Shiraz, but Australians do have a rich history of name changing and slang. Think … Read More