The Magic Of Trimbach Wines

A review of several of the excellent wines produced by Alsace's Maison Trimbach.
If wine is truly poetry in a bottle, then the Trimbach family qualifies for a literature prize. Scions of a winemaking tradition that goes back 12 generations, current owners and brothers Jean and Pierre have maintained the characteristic Trimbach style of expressive,

Summer Is The Perfect Season For Sippers

Some summer drink suggestions including cocktails, beer and wine.
The noted philosopher Robin Williams once declared: "Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party.' " Sounds like an ideal excuse to try new drinks and to invigorate some old favorites.

White Is One Of Summer’s Genuine Pleasures

Summer white wine suggestions including Sauvignon Blanc, Spanish whites, Chablis and Pinot Gris.
White wines, served with the lighter warm weather fare or sipped solo as the sun sets, come in a wide range of flavors and styles. Every wine-producing area creates worthwhile whites, making summer a perfect time to explore new varietals and regions.

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

A Dramatic Transformation For One California Winery

A look at the Zaca Mesa Winery.
Once known only for characterless, cheap and cheerful quaffs, the Zaca Mesa Winery now produces incredibly flavorful wines from varietals like Syrah, Roussanne and Viognier. Located in California's Santa Barbara County, specifically the Santa Ynez Valley, Zaca Mesa planted its first vines — a mishmash of varietals including

Value-Priced Wines Come From Around The World

A look at some wine values from Chile, Australia, Spain and California.
Underlying every wine purchase is the question: Is this bottle really worth the price? Does some fundamental aspect of the $200 Cristal Champagne make it better than a $15 Spanish sparkler? Maybe to a hip-hop artist, but to most of us, discovering pleasurable

Sicily’s Wines Are Well Worth Sipping

A review of several wines from Sicily including Planeta, Cottanera, Tenuta Rapitala, and Morgante.
Sicily has a long history of winemaking, mostly from indigenous grapes like Nero d'Avola and Grillo. The island's complex geology, a combination of volcanic and African soil types, has led many producers to make wine from better known "international" varietals such

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