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

The Right Bottle Of White For A Hot Summer Day

Some summer wine recommendations.
Chardonnay is not the only chilled glass of white wine to treasure in the summer heat. Many other varietals offer the invigorating crisp flavors and balanced acidity enhance warm weather meals. It is also worth exploring the shelves to find treasures and the occasional bargain from less familiar regions.

Rose Wines For Summer Sipping

Rosés are a perfect wine for summer's warm weather.
Real wine lovers drink pink. Not the semi-sweet mass-produced "white" California travesty or the stuff from the squat oval bottle we boomers made into candle holders. The pink wines worth drinking are the Rosés made by serious winemakers for a more discerning public. Their fresh fruit

Heart’s Delight Features The Impressive 2006 Bordeaux

At look at the 2006 Bordeaux courtesy of "Heart's Delight."
Among the featured wines at the annual Heart's Delight wine tasting and auction, a benefit for the American Heart Association held earlier this month in the District, were the 2006 Bordeaux. Coming on the heels of the much-heralded 2005s — considered a nearly perfect vintage

Cabernets From Down Under Emphasize Elegance, Cost Less

A review of some Australian Cabernet Sauvignons.
Australian Cabernets have more finesse than many of their California cousins and closely resemble Bordeaux in balance and structure. This reflects local climate variations and the longer hang time before harvest in California. While these differences are best appreciated with the higher priced Australian Cabernets, like Parker Terra

This Summer, Go Green, And Frugal, With Portuguese Wines

A look at the wines from Portugal's Vinho Verde region.
A search for food-friendly, value-priced quality wines leads directly to the white wines of Portugal's Vinho Verde region. Translated as "green wines," and pronounced "veen-yo vehrd," their name is not derived from their standard yellow to golden color. They are called "green" because they need

With Wines, Old Is New Again

The pleasures of older wines.
I prefer “Chinatown” to the “The DaVinci Code,” “On The Waterfront” over “Gladiator” and will drop everything to watch “Casablanca.” Angelina Jolie certainly has her attributes but Ingrid Bergman has a vulnerable sadness. Older movies have a captivating elegance and

Much Maligned Merlot Merits Reconsideration

A look at some recently released Merlots.
A victim of its own popularity, Merlot has been unfairly criticized. Several vintages ago, the skyrocketing demand for an easy-drinking red wine enabled less conscientious producers to release oceans of weak, bland and unappealing Merlot to an unsuspecting public. It's no wonder Miles from the movie "Sideways" vowed

Wines To ‘Steak’ A Claim With

Wines perfect to pair with a grilled rib-eye.
One of the ways we coax our son to visit us from college is to prepare his favorite meal: a grilled rib-eye steak prepared with CharCrust Hickory rub. And now that he is 21 years old, we also have to find the