Category: Chenin Blanc

Summer Wine Adventures

Beyond the Memorial Day barbecues are several months of warmer weather that call for a different wine drinking strategy. Cellar those big Cabernets and move to a lighter style with bright fruit and crisp acidity for balance that will work well with the typical summer foods and as a sipper to enjoy on the deck

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

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

Varietals Make South African Winemakers Shine Brightly

A review of some South African wines courtesy of the "Drink Well, Do Good Tour."
As host of this year's soccer World Cup, South Africa is showcasing its first-rate vineyards and wineries. The South African wine industry traces its beginnings to its first harvest and crush in 1652. Not long after the British acquired the

Four Cups, Four Wines – Why Not?

Some suggestions for Passover wines.
The four cups of wine served at Pesach gives each guest the opportunity to expand their wine horizons. The significant increases in quality kosher wine producers around the globe and their willingness to try different varietals have enhanced the choices available for this year’s sedarim. This improvement is most readily

A Little Fine Wine With Your Blintzes

Some wine recommendations for Shavuot.
The Talmud states that there is no happiness without wine. As the only drink with its own blessing -- thanking the “Creator of the fruit of the vine” -- wine is integral to Shabbat and other Jewish holidays. Even the cup to hold the wine is special, often ornately decorated

Loire Valley White Wines Well Worth Investigating

A look at some Loire Valley white wines.
Wine drinkers often end up in a rut. Claiming to like only a certain taste, they limit their purchases to a few select brands and rarely venture beyond their comfort zone. Problems develop when they serve the same wine with every meal; their favorite California Merlot will

Bright, Refreshing Summer Wines

Some summer wine recommendations.
Summer is the time to put away the heavy, winter wines and pick up wines appropriate for the warmer weather. Look for white wines that have bright flavors balanced with enough acid to make the wine crisp and refreshing so it pairs well with warm weather foods. Summer red wines should