A Glass Of Red Warms Body And Soul

Reviews of red wines from Phelps, Castello di Amorosa, Quivira, Frei Brothers, St. Clement and Tempra Tantrum.
Winter weather is best faced with a glass of red wine. Properties like Joseph Phelps Vineyards provide the comfort of consistent high quality. Its flagship Joseph Phelps Insignia 2006 would make a wonderful gift since it needs a

Even More Dessert Wines To Please Your Palate

Part 2 of a look at dessert wines including Tokaji, Quady Essensia, Niagara Peninsula Ice Wines and Tawny Ports.
Last week, I wrote about the legendary dessert wines from the Sauternes region of Bordeaux, France and the traditional off-dry Moscato d'Asti wines of Italy. But wine growing regions around the world have created unique methods

How Sweet It Is: Dessert Wines – Part 1

Part 1 of a look at dessert wines including Sauternes and Moscato d'Asti.
Americans have a notorious sweet tooth. We crave doughnuts, candy bars and nearly every conceivable flavor of ice cream. So it's surprising we have pretty much ignored dessert wines. These sweet wines have a higher residual sugar after fermentation than "dry" wines.

No Whining Here: Gift Ideas To Please Wine-Lovers

Some holiday gift ideas for the wine-lovers on your list.
Holiday gift suggestions for wine-lovers can range from the functional to the extravagant. Glassware is always appreciated and the lightest stemware I have ever used is from the Ravenscroft Crystal "Invisibles Collection." Nearly weightless, these hand-blown lead-free crystal glasses come in a variety of shapes

Winning Wines From Maryland Well Worth Exploring

A look at some award-winning wines from Maryland.
Wine is now being produced in all 50 states, even in Alaska where some daring souls in Homer, Kodiak and Anchorage are using fruit and purchased grape concentrate to create them. Often starting with meager resources, as well as ample enthusiasm, winemakers located in lesser-known wine-producing areas

Italian White Wines Should Not Be Ignored

A look at some Italian white wines.
Home to many of the world's finest red wines, Italy also produces many excellent whites from sites all over the nation. Using some familiar grapes like Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Sauvignon as well as indigenous varietals, Italian winemakers are crafting some true beauties. Although the producers' names may

Hail To The King Of California White Wines

A look at some recently released California Chardonnays.
Despite the appeal of other varietals, more than half of California's white wine acreage remains planted to Chardonnay. Stylistically as diverse as the geography of the state itself, the recent releases offer many choices to enjoy as the hot days of summer slip into the fall. Here

The Wines Of Summer: Zin, Syrah, Malbec And More

Some summer red wine recommendations.
Red wines most suitable for summer have assertive fruit flavors integrated with pepper or spice that complement the smokiness of grilled foods. Classically Zinfandel, Syrah and Malbec are excellent choices. The complexity resulting from combining multiple varietals makes blended wines also work well with summer fare.

An American Winemaker in Burgundy Feels the Squeeze in Economic Turndown

These are tough times to be a winemaker. Consumers are buying but overall sales are down, and the demand for the higher-priced wines has nearly evaporated. The larger producers are better positioned to withstand the economic downturn, but even the giant wine conglomerates are laying off employees. For smaller producers who make limited amounts of