Pinot Noirs From New Zealand Peaking In Popularity

A review of some fine New Zealand Pinot Noirs.
New Zealand is on a roll. Known for high-quality Sauvignon Blancs, Kiwi winemakers are hitting their stride with Pinot Noir, particularly the 2005 vintage. Plantings of Pinot Noir have increased almost tenfold in the past decade with a remarkable 1,100 percent increase in exports during the

Paso Robles: California’s Most Promising Wine-Making Region

A review of some wines from Paso Robles.
More than 40 different varietals — high-quality Zinfandel, excellent Cabernet blends and first-rate Rhone varietals — are cultivated in Paso Robles, California’s largest American Viticultural Area (AVA). The 24-plus square mile area has 700 to 2,000-foot elevations, with diverse microclimates from the cooling Pacific breezes and multiple

In The Spirit Of April 1, A Look Into The Future

The winemakers on Europa, Jupiter’s most colonized moon, have focused on the several varietals that thrive in the grasp of the large planet’s magnetic field. Beginning as a small plot of reclaimed soil along the Western edge of the original colony, Europa has become one of the solar system’s most important wine producing regions.

Are Cult Cabernets Worth The Craziness And Cost?

A review of some "Cult Cabernets."
Cult Cabernets are a subset of limited production, highly rated and extremely expensive California wines that induce a form of hysteria among devotees. They are usually only available via a special allocation from the winery sometimes requiring a wait of more than 10 years to be able to purchase

Cure The Winter Blues With A Glass Of Red Wine

Red wine recommendations for this winter.
A glass of red wine may be the best antidote for the winter blues. Even the coldest night is made more comfortable by a full- to medium-bodied wine served either with a hearty meal or sipped by the fire. And these long evenings are a perfect time to check

Washington State Wines Yield Pleasant Surprises

A review of recent releases from Washington State.
Every year a fellow wine writer begs me to join him for his annual Washington State wine tasting. In the past these have been dreadful affairs, with the amount of swill we had to wade through completely overwhelming the occasional stars. I have learned to strategically place

California Dreamin’: Wines Enhance the Holidays

California wines for the holiday season.
With the holidays around the corner, it is time to choose the wines that will be served with the festive meals. Since the menu and head count often vary, it is best to generalize the wine choices rather than try to match them perfectly to the food and guests.

Gifts For Wine Lovers

Gift suggestions for this year's holiday season.
By now your mailbox is overflowing with catalogs urging you to buy everything from a waxed-fruit subscription to a glow-in-the-dark menorah. While it is sometimes difficult to select appropriate holiday gifts, each year it gets easier to buy something for the wine-lovers on your list. Here are

Wine And Cheese Perfect Together Forevermore

Suggestions for pairing wine and cheese.
Wine and cheese have been enjoyed together for centuries. Served either side-by-side or, like the ancient Greeks, mixed together in goblets, it remains a classic combination. There are no fixed rules regarding the pairing of cheese and wine; however, being careful is necessary to avoid gastronomic conflict. With some