May 28, 2015
The Wines of Maison Alex Gambal.
Alex Gambal has been able to fulfill the dream of living abroad better than most.
January 8, 2014
The International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) in McMinnville Oregon is a winelover’s dream vacation.
The answer to where a discerning wine lover should go on their next vacation has become extremely easy to answer. Plan a trip to Oregon, specifically during the last week of July, for the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration. Held in the picturesque Willamette Valley on the campus of Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., IPNC is among the finest wine and food experiences anywhere in the world. In fact, before you read any further, go to their website (www.ipnc.org) and register for this year’s event before they sell out.
March 7, 2012
Red Burgundy is an ideal wine to serve with Japanese Cuisine.
Sake is the classic accompaniment to Japanese food. Often called rice wine, it actually is “brewed” from rice that has been “polished” to expose the underlying starch. Quality varies depending upon the amount of polishing and whether or not alcohol is added to develop underlying flavors. But there are other choices. One of my favorite pairings with Japanese cuisine is a red Burgundy. However, it wasn’t always that way.
July 8, 2009
These are tough times to be a winemaker. Consumers are buying but overall sales are down, and the demand for the higher-priced wines has nearly evaporated. The larger producers are better positioned to withstand the economic downturn, but even the giant wine conglomerates are laying off employees. For smaller producers who make limited amounts of the world’s finest wines, these conditions are potentially disastrous.
February 26, 2009
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 charm that is often lacking in the more recent Hollywood blockbusters. A similar satisfaction can be found in various older wines.
January 1, 2009
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 expectations.
The pursuit of trophy wines and dreams of first-growth Bordeaux must take a back seat to stocking my cellar with well-made wines at reasonable prices. There are numerous delicious, good-value wines being made, but they take a bit of effort to and, because the best examples
are often from unfamiliar producers or are created from unheralded varietals.
April 16, 2008
A visit to Burgundy during Les Grand Jours de Bourgogne.
Les Grand Jours de Bourgogne, a six-day exposition that highlights the wines of this fabled region, draws importers, merchants and Burgundy aficionados from around the world, occurs every two years. This year, mostly 2006 vintages were featured, with some of 2005s and older ones thrown in for comparison.
September 30, 2007
A look at some reasonably-priced 2003 Burgundies.
France’s Burgundy region — comprised of the Chablis, Cote ’Or, Cote Chalonnaise, Maconnais and Beaujolais districts — has 400 types of soil and hundreds of small vineyards, and is subject to unpredictable weather. Only a small amount of land along the slopes is used to grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Pinot Blanc and Aligote.
April 26, 2006
A dinner and tasting with Robert Drouhin.
I want to be Robert Drouhin when I grow up. Tall, articulate and refined, he is the Chairman of the noted Burgundy producer Maison Joseph Drouhin with its 162 acres of prime vineyards in Cote d’Or and Chablis. And if that is not enough, he is blessed to have all four of his children working in the family business.