Grapes From Cool Climes Produce Subtle Wines

July 19, 2006

Omrah Shiraz

A review of some cool-climate grown wines.

Grapes grown in cooler climates have significantly different flavor profiles than those from warmer areas.‘‘Cooler-climate wines are not fruit driven,” says importer Robert Whale. ‘‘They are more subtle. While still expressing the essence of the varietal, these wines have elegant flavors and are more food-friendly.” Whale, a tireless advocate of cooler-climate wines, insists that ‘‘there is more to Australian wine than big fruit bomb Shiraz from the Barossa.”

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Expanding Horizons: It’s Worth Trying Wines From New Places And Labels

October 21, 2004

Kuentz-Bas

The world is filled with wonderful wines.

When choosing a wine, most Americans have a very narrow perspective. We tend to limit our selections to a few well-known varieties such as Chardonnay or Merlot and rarely do we venture out of California, Australia, Italy or France. And even within those areas, consumers seldom try wines with unfamiliar names. But great wine is being made all over the world, from South Africa to South America, from Oregon and Washington State to the Niagara Peninsula of Canada including locations that have been making wine for centuries such as Germany, Spain, Israel and Portugal.

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Alsace Region Produces Some Of France’s Best Wines

July 22, 2004

Alsace makes some terrific wines.

Hot weather calls for cool wines. And some of the best wines to serve this time of the year are the white wines produced in the Alsace region of France. Located on France’s eastern border, the Alsace region has, at various times, been a part of Germany, which explains the “un-French” sounding names of some of the Alsace wine producers. Since the end of World War I, Alsace has remained a part of France and its wines are some of the best made in the country.

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Lighter, Crisper Wines For Summer Dining

July 1, 2004

Cousino-Macul Dona Isadora

Some summer wine suggestions.

Summer is a great time to try different wines. “People move away from the oaky chardonnays and heavy reds when the warm weather arrives,” said Marty Meyrowitz, the owner of The Wine Harvest, “they prefer lighter, crisper whites and fruitier reds.” These types of wines have the acidity to be refreshing and to hold up to summer foods such as salads and barbeques. A large number of inexpensive wines perfect for summer entertaining are made from regions all over the world. In white wines, look for crisp acidity that tastes clean and refreshing. The red wines should be simple, young, and fruity. And be sure to chill both types of wine before serving.

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Wine For Lovers

February 5, 2004

Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay

Some Romantic wine suggestions.

Wine, like love, is a deeply personal affair. One may be attracted to a particular style, taste, or appearance that someone else would find less appealing. For a romantic dinner, it is best to select wines that you both will enjoy and there are several approaches to make sure the wines express your affections.

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