Musings on Wine and Spirits by Louis Marmon

As seen in:
Washington Post, Gazette Newspapers, DC Examiner, The Wine Report
Washington Jewish Week, LA Times, Jewish Exponent, Capitol File Magazine and in other cities in the US and Canada

Latest Article

Wine For A Crowd

August 26, 2004

Tohu Sauvignon Blanc

A “how-to” guide for selecting wine for a party.

Selecting wines for a catered event does not have to be stress provoking. There are some guidelines that can make this aspect of planning an event easy, even for a “non-wine” person. The key is to remember that a party is supposed to be fun, not only for your guests but for you as well.

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Syrah: Local Characteristics Influence Grape Quality And Flavor

August 19, 2004

Bonterra Syrah

A review of some California and Australian Syrahs/Shiraz.

Few things are more important than location when creating wine. A distance of just a few hundred feet can have a profound effect on grape quality and flavors because of changes in the soil and weather conditions. The influence of climate, altitude, geology and sun exposure is called “terroir,” derived from the French word for “earth.” While the winemaker’s expertise is vital, many believe the terroir has the greatest influence on the characteristics of a wine.

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