Month: August 2011

Harvesting a Liquid Dessert

A review of the Hafner Gruner Veltliner Icewine 2002 and the story of the "Hot Toddy," a classic curative cocktail.
There are times when you need to have something sweet. Cookies, cake, ice cream and even fruit usually quench that craving. But for a less caloric and often more interesting alternative, consider a late-harvest wine.

Merlot Finally Gets Its Due

A review of the Herzog Special Reserve Merlot 2006and the Jameson 12 year old, the Bushmill's Original and the Kilbeggan Irish Whiskies.
Merlot is no longer the unwanted stepchild of the wine world. The previous lack of respect did not stem from anything inherent to the varietal. Rather, it was an offshoot of overplanting in

Snow Phoenix: A Cascade of Tastes

A review of Tierra Salvaje Carmenere 2010 and the Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix.
Carmenere is Chile's signature red wine varietal. Brought to South America from France's Bordeaux region (where it was used primarily as a blending grape), Carmenere was first planted near Santiago in the 1800s where it was believed to be a clone of merlot.

Ultra-Vintage Scotch Is Delish, But Is It Worth It?

A review of the Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut and the Glenmorangie Pride 1981.
Champagne is usually associated with celebrations and secular holidays. Served chilled, Champagnes and other sparkling wines are very food-friendly and refreshing, especially during the warm summer months. Although other countries and regions have tried to expropriate the name, true Champagne is produced

Wine Is Fine, But Summer in DC Is Daiquiri Time

A review of the Terrenal Yecla Valley Tempranillo 2009 and the tale of the Daiquiri.
Spain continues to be a source for wine values, particularly with their signature grape, Tempranillo. This grape typically produces medium-bodied wines displaying spicy red and dark fruits including cherries, berries and plums often accented with tea, vanilla, tobacco, or leather