Loire Valley White Wines Well Worth Investigating

A look at some Loire Valley white wines.
Wine drinkers often end up in a rut. Claiming to like only a certain taste, they limit their purchases to a few select brands and rarely venture beyond their comfort zone. Problems develop when they serve the same wine with every meal; their favorite California Merlot will

Diary Of a Second-Tier Wine Writer

Sure, life at the top has its perks, but life near the top isn't so bad either.
Not being Robert Parker has its benefits. That’s pretty rarified air, up there on the first-tier of wine writing. People like Oz Clarke, Karen MacNeil and Jancis Robinson must thrive under stress. There’s a lot of pressure when

California Winemakers Reclaiming The Chardonnay Grape

A look at some recently released California Chardonnays.
It is ironic that Chardonnay is an extremely popular wine while it is also among the most scorned. In California, more acres of Chardonnay are planted than any other varietal. Paradoxically, a large number of consumers subscribe to the "ABC" theory of wine selection: "Anything But Chardonnay."

Bright, Refreshing Summer Wines

Some summer wine recommendations.
Summer is the time to put away the heavy, winter wines and pick up wines appropriate for the warmer weather. Look for white wines that have bright flavors balanced with enough acid to make the wine crisp and refreshing so it pairs well with warm weather foods. Summer red wines should

High Quality, Affordable Prices Make Chilean Wine An Excellent Choice

Some Chilean wine recommendations.
Boasting breathtaking scenery and friendly people, Chile is a visitor's paradise. Long and thin, it is more than 2,700 miles long and at most, only 150 miles wide. Its climate varies from desert in the north to snow in the south. In between are some of the world's most eye-catching grape

Party Wines

Some wine recommendations for your next family gathering.
So, the entire family is coming into town for your simcha and that includes a dinner at your house. Besides figuring out what everyone will eat, you also want to have the right wines to serve without breaking your budget. Fortunately there are a large number of

Wine Writer’s Tour Reveals Choice Chilean Vineyards

Wine recommendations from my recent visit to Chile.
One of the nicest people to share a bottle of wine with is Alfredo Bartholomaus, founder of Billington Imports. His generous nature and depth of knowledge impressed everyone on a recent wine writer's trip he led to Argentina and Chile. The gregarious poetry lover with a warm

Don’t Cry For Argentina: Winemakers Produce High-Quality Vino

Some wine recommendations from my recent visit to Argentina.
Much like a grapevine that produces its best fruit under "stressful" growing conditions, Argentine winemakers have weathered that country's significant political and economic upheavals to produce world-class wines. The country's Mendoza region, where the Andes supply both water and protection from the Pacific winds, has a

Kosher-For-Passover Wines Are Not Just For Sedarim

A review of some recently released Kosher Wines.
"Good kosher wine” is no longer an oxymoron. Due to increased demand for alternatives to the traditional sweet wines, the quality and variety of kosher wines has steadily improved. The wines available for this year’s Passover demonstrate that this trend is continuing. For a wine to be