Category: Sparkling Wine

Bubble Trouble Turns Into Elegant Sparklers

A sparkling wine review including the Pol Roger Brut Reserve "White Foil," the Mionetto, Lunetta, Voveti and Lamberti proseccos, JJ Vincent Cremant, Champalou Vovray Brut, Trapiche Extra Brut, and the J Vineyards Brut Rose and their 25th Anniversary Brut.
Bubbles in wine were once considered a fault, especially when the increased pressure caused the bottles

Stick With “Stickies” But Don’t Be A Snob

A review of S'Forno Puglia Moscato and the Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky.
For more than 30 years now, kosher wine cognoscenti have fought a pitched battle against the identification of "kosher wine" with sweet Kiddush-style wines, demanding greater attention from wine critics, insisting upon enlightened attitudes by liquor store owners, and generally taking issue

For the Love of Lombardy’s Lovely Wines

A review of wines from Italy's Lombardy region.
Italy’s Lombardy region has been producing wines for centuries. Bordered by the Alps to the north and the Po River in the south, Lombardy is a cool-climate location for wine production dotted with lakes that modulate the local temperatures. The area is best known for its aromatic

Ultra-Vintage Scotch Is Delish, But Is It Worth It?

A review of the Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Rose Brut and the Glenmorangie Pride 1981.
Champagne is usually associated with celebrations and secular holidays. Served chilled, Champagnes and other sparkling wines are very food-friendly and refreshing, especially during the warm summer months. Although other countries and regions have tried to expropriate the name, true Champagne is produced

Cava: One Of The World’s Greatest Wine Values

A review of several of the Segura Viudas Cavas.
Cava, the inexpensive Spanish sparkler, is flavorful, food-friendly and comes in a variety of styles. Every wine-lover should own several bottles since their low price makes them perfect for everyday consumption. And their high quality assures enjoyment during special occasions.

Wines Celebrate The Spirit Of St. Valentine

Some suggestions for Valentine's Day wines including Cremant d'Alsace, Pedro Ximenez and several whose names reflect romance.
Many centuries ago, Euripides noted the intimate relationship between wine and passion: "Where there is no wine, there is no love." The ancient Greek playwright undoubtedly was alluding to the aphrodisiacal qualities of wine's myriad flavors. The choices

Sparkling Wines Contribute To Sparkling Holidays

Some sparkling wine suggestions for the holidays including Schramsberg, J Vineyards and Gruet.
The versatility and variety of flavors in sparkling wines make them a favorite for the holidays. Sparklers are the result of a secondary fermentation that occurs after the first is completed, usually because some additional sugar and yeast is added to the

Musings on Food and Wine Pairing

Wine and food pairing is not very complex.
We all know the rules. Wine and food are meant to compliment each other. But the complexity of multiethnic cuisine and the subtlety of much of modern gastronomy have invalidated the traditional convention of “red with meat and white with fish.” There is really only one iron-clad

Planning Ahead: Suggestions For Romantic Sipping

Romantic wine suggestions for Valentine's Day
Indulge your beloved by sharing a bottle of wine or other fine libation on Valentine's Day. California's full-bodied Terra Valentine Spring Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 ($38), with richly spiced dark currant and blackberry flavors that finish with cedar, chocolate and caramel, is an excellent choice. Or, sip the