Category: DC Examiner

French Impression: The Wines of Philip Togni

The wines of Napa's legendary Philip Togni.
It is likely that you have never heard of Philip Togni. Yet he is responsible for some of the world's most exquisitely flavored and beautifully structured wines since he began working in California over 50 years ago. And Togni (pronounced Tonne-yee) is still at it, working alongside his

The Magic Of Trimbach Wines

A review of several of the excellent wines produced by Alsace's Maison Trimbach.
If wine is truly poetry in a bottle, then the Trimbach family qualifies for a literature prize. Scions of a winemaking tradition that goes back 12 generations, current owners and brothers Jean and Pierre have maintained the characteristic Trimbach style of expressive,

Summer Is The Perfect Season For Sippers

Some summer drink suggestions including cocktails, beer and wine.
The noted philosopher Robin Williams once declared: "Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party.' " Sounds like an ideal excuse to try new drinks and to invigorate some old favorites.

How Sweet It Is: Dessert Wines – Part 1

Part 1 of a look at dessert wines including Sauternes and Moscato d'Asti.
Americans have a notorious sweet tooth. We crave doughnuts, candy bars and nearly every conceivable flavor of ice cream. So it's surprising we have pretty much ignored dessert wines. These sweet wines have a higher residual sugar after fermentation than "dry" wines.

Rose Wines For Summer Sipping

Rosés are a perfect wine for summer's warm weather.
Real wine lovers drink pink. Not the semi-sweet mass-produced "white" California travesty or the stuff from the squat oval bottle we boomers made into candle holders. The pink wines worth drinking are the Rosés made by serious winemakers for a more discerning public. Their fresh fruit

With Wines, Old Is New Again

The pleasures of older wines.
I prefer “Chinatown” to the “The DaVinci Code,” “On The Waterfront” over “Gladiator” and will drop everything to watch “Casablanca.” Angelina Jolie certainly has her attributes but Ingrid Bergman has a vulnerable sadness. Older movies have a captivating elegance and

New Year’s Resolution: A Frugal Cellar

Suggestions for a "Frugal Cellar" from Becky Wasserman-Hone
I love wine. I love expensive wine and I love value-oriented wine.Unfortunately, the latter does not always garner the attention it deserves. But given the economic challenges facing us for at least the immediate future, my New Year’s resolution is to readjust my wine

Great Beer For Turkey Bowls

A close look at some Belgian beers including Stella Artois, Hoegaarden and Leffe Brun.
By now the wines for the Thanksgiving feast have been carefully selected. But what does a self-respecting wine lover drink during the other activities of the day, such as watching football? Cider and eggnog are too unidimensional. Wine is all about