Another Great Red Wine to Chill: Field Recordings Freddo

Posted on: August 21st, 2019 by
Field Recordings Freddo Sangiovese is a red wine to chill.

Hats off again to a wine shop in my neighborhood, Dandelion Wine, for offering chilled reds in their cold box(es). Previously I spotted the Prà Morandina Valpolicella. Now, meet the Field Recordings Freddo Sangiovese. Let’s get to know this chillable red. Field Recordings Freddo Sangiovese 2018 ($25) This first thing you notice about the bottle is [More]

How do people feel about the fact that red wine is partly bitter?

Posted on: August 19th, 2019 by
Coffee can be bitter like red wine.

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not [More]

Champagne, Doritos, and Sand

Posted on: August 17th, 2019 by
The World in a Grain, a must-read book about sand.

The best non-fiction books can open up a captivating world existing right under your nose. The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How it Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser falls into this category. I’ll get to the meat of the book but there’s a short passage explaining the title of this post [More]

What’s the best process for tasting wine?

Posted on: July 25th, 2019 by

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not [More]

Fantastic White Wines and Sparkling from Lucien Albrecht

Posted on: July 21st, 2019 by
Alsace, where Lucien Albrecht wines are made.

Back in May I joined Lucien Albrecht winemaker Jėrȏme Keller for some wine (duh) and snacks at a small media get-together. I said “yes” because many of these wines are like old friends, particularly the sparkling and Pinot Blanc. It was an impressive set of bottles, and here are my favorites of the lot. Lucien Albrecht Sparkling [More]

Can experts really judge the quality of wines accurately? What’s the science behind the tasting process?

Posted on: July 9th, 2019 by
One way to determine the quality of wines via scoring.

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not [More]

Traveling 54 Years in One Evening with Two Wines

Posted on: July 8th, 2019 by
Barton & Guestier wines, then and now.

A duo of bottles serving as bookends to a media event sponsored by Barton & Guestier  practically told the story of French wine, how the industry has developed, and how tastes have evolved. Yep, over five decades of change distilled (fermented, rather) into one short, yet memorable, evening. Let’s start from the end, which is [More]

What is the difference between Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio?

Posted on: July 1st, 2019 by
What's the difference between Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio?

I’ve been answering wine queries on the question and answer site Quora. I’ll share some of the most interesting questions I’ve been asked and, of course, my answers. I limit myself to spending a couple minutes on each response, not doing any research or “cheating.” I rely on my experience and opinion, which is probably not [More]