Category: Gazette Newspapers

Wines Come Out During “Drink the District”

Spring is wine and beer festival season.
On a recent spring evening there was a line stretching for several blocks to get into a parking lot near National’s Stadium even though the team was out of town. People were queuing up to attend the Cherry Blossom Beer and Wine Festival, one of several annual

South African Wine Poised For A Renaissance

Investors bring new techniques, rich flavors to South African wines
South Africa appears poised for wine greatness. This is somewhat surprising since the country’s winemaking industry languished during the 50 plus-years-long international boycott of the apartheid government. The wines made during those decades were uninspiring and meant to be shipped in large bulk containers rather

Warm Up This Winter With A Nice Wine

Some Winter Wine suggestions.
With winter’s grip still upon us, it is comforting to know that there are wines ideal for chilly weather. Fuller in body with more complexity and structure, winter wines are better to serve with the cold-weather meals.

Ferrer Family Benefits From Spanish Wine Renaissance

Review of the value-priced Mia wines from Freixenet.
Among the many reasons Spain has become a source of some of the world’s best wine values is their innovative spirit. For many decades, Spanish wines were mired in old-fashioned techniques and inferior, obsolete equipment. These harsh and unappealing wines ignored the tremendous potential in their indigenous

Holiday Gift Guide

This year's holiday Gift Giving Guide for the wine lover on your list.
While no wine-lover will ever complain about receiving a special bottle as a holiday gift, there are many other options that would please even the snobbiest on your list.

Thanksgiving – A Perfect Time To Try New Wines

Wine suggestions to accompany your Thanksgiving Feast.
While Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating family and friends, it is also an opportunity to try some unfamiliar wines. The classic meal of turkey, stuffing and various side-dishes provide a broad palate of flavors, textures and aromas as a starting point for selecting accompanying wines. As with

Taplin Cellars

A look at Napa's Taplin Cellars Terra 9 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Taplin Cellars is a Napa winery with bicoastal roots. A great-great grandfather of the present-day owners moved his dairy farming family from Vermont to San Francisco in the mid-1800s. They eventually found their way to the Napa Valley where they purchased land to grow fruit

Summer Wines

Reviews of some enjoyable value-priced summer wines.
The US is now the world’s leader in wine consumption. The latest figures show that Americans enjoyed 329 million cases of wine in 2013, an 18% increase over 2005. This easily put the US past the traditional European frontrunners including Italy and France. The US also bettered China

Greek Wines: Of Myths and Mediterranean Flavors

A look at Greek wines, specifically Santorini Assyrtiko.
The source of much of our current wine culture rests with the ancient Greeks. Wine has been made in Greece for over 6500 years and it played such a critical role in their civilization that it had its own god; Dionysus. Considered by their leading philosophers (including