Maison Drouhin Produces Fine Wines

April 26, 2006

Joseph Drouhin Clos de Mouches

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.

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Kosher-For-Pesach Wines Get Better and Better

March 30, 2006

Castel C Chardonnay

Some wine recommendations for this year’s seder.

When shopping for Passover this year, be prepared for some surprises when you walk down the wine aisle. There are new names on the shelves including two very well-known non-Jewish properties that have made kosher-for-Passover wine. And some of the more familiar producers have released novel varietals.

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Invigorated Spain Bears Fruit

March 15, 2006

Merum Monastrell Jumilla

A look at some enjoyable Spanish wines.

Spain has more than 50 official wine-producing regions where 60-plus different grapes are used to make red, white and sparkling wines. Until recently, Spanish winemakers were in a rut, confined by their adherence to ancient methods and antiquated equipment. But an infusion of capital and a new breed of winemaker have invigorated the industry, resulting in a large number of flavorful dynamic wines.

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Weather Conducive To Realizing California Wine-Making Dreams

February 15, 2006

Worthy Sophia's Cuvee

A look at some California Cabernet Sauvignons.

Although grown in almost all the world’s wine producing regions, Cabernet Sauvignon remains California’s best known varietal. The top California Cabs are deep red to purple in color and have intense flavors of currants, plums and other dark fruit, often with a touch of spice, licorice, mint or tobacco. Some cost hundreds of dollars per bottle and can be obtained only via a waiting list. Thankfully, many high-quality less expensive California Cabs are produced as well.

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A Modest Proposal For Reaping Greater Rewards

January 18, 2006

Riedel

Some wine related New Year’s resolutions.

Nowhere does it say that New Year’s resolutions have to be limited to diet and exercise. For those who wish to enhance their wine experience and knowledge, here are some wine-related ones.

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’Tis The Season For Celebrating With Bubbles

December 21, 2005

Gosset Grand Reserve

Sparkling wine recommendations for the holidays.

Nothing says holidays like the pop of a cork and a tall glass of sparkling wine. Festive, fun and a bit extravagant, Champagne and other sparkling wines are a wonderful way to celebrate the joys of the season with family and friends. A vast amount of ‘‘bubbly” is sold is during the weeks leading up to the New Year and discounts abound as retailers compete for a share of this increased demand. The many varieties of available styles and prices make it easy to find one to fit your budget and holiday menu.

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Uncork Some Wintry Wines

November 17, 2005

Phelps Le Mistral

Some winter wine suggestions

I am not a fan of cold weather. Shoveling sidewalks and scraping windshields holds no great fascination for me and I would much rather eat a meal served poolside than by a fireplace. But, when you live in the Northeast, winter weather is inevitable and you make due with whatever pleasures you can find until the crocuses return.

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Choosing A Wine For Thanksgiving

November 16, 2005

Chapoutier Belleruche

Some Rhone wine suggestions for your Thanksgiving feast.

The classic meal of roast turkey, stuffing and cranberries offers a variety of flavors that expands, rather than limits, the types of wine that can be served. Ideally, the wine should have good fruit flavors, refreshing acidity for balance and not be too tannic or oaky. Champagne and other sparkling wines work wonderfully as would an aromatic Pinot Noir, a crisp Riesling, a fruity Beaujolais Nouveau or a spicy Zinfandel. This year, however, I am recommending a Cotes du Rhone.

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Wedding Gifts For Wine Lovers

October 27, 2005

Bollinger La Grande Annee

Some Wedding Gift suggestions.

The invitation has arrived and you are wondering what to get to get the engaged couple. A check seems too impersonal and a toaster or tea set seems too boring. For a couple that enjoys wine, there are a number of interesting and exotic wine gifts available. As always, a knowledgeable professional at your favorite store is an important asset when choosing wine as a gift.

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