Overlooked/Underrated: Godello

Posted on: May 9th, 2020 by
Monastery at Bodegas Godeval, a notable producer of Godello.

My latest missive for VinePair takes a look at a white wine grape, Godello. Its home is Galicia, on the northwest coast of Spain. I’ve got the story behind the grape’s preservation, its more familiar friend, and five bottles to check out. Have a look: Why Chardonnay Fans Should Consider Godello You’ve probably heard of [More]

BBQ Beyond Beer

Posted on: May 4th, 2020 by
Fire and Wine is a cookbook for wine lovers.

I would never turn down a beer beside my brisket, but there’s a lot to be said for paring wine with your grilled and/or smoked meats. So I was excited to get my copy of of Fire and Wine: 75 Smoke-Infused Recipes from the Grill with Perfect Wine Pairings. Even better, my friends Mary Cressler [More]

Open That Bottle of Local Wine Night Recap

Posted on: March 29th, 2020 by
Macari Vineyards on Long Island

I received a message from Frank “Drink What You Like” Morgan about Saturday’s (March 28th) Open That Bottle of Virginia Wine Night. I thought this would be a good opportunity to lurk a bit on social media and learn (from home) more about Virginia Wine. (Take a look back via #VaWineNight.) Since we’re not going out [More]

Break Out The Oysters and…Red Wine?!?

Posted on: March 6th, 2020 by
Oysters and red wine?!? Say it ain't so.

I know. Oysters and red wine. It sounds so…unappealing. That is, to my particularly persnickety preferences. I do love white wine and steak. But that doesn’t seem as radical. Hey, I’m a drink-what-you-like kind of person, but bivalves and big reds are one of the very few things I can’t get behind. So I was [More]

Tender Feelings For My Ancient Slow Cooker

Posted on: February 27th, 2020 by
My vintage slow cooker.

Yes, I eschew the Instant Pot for my no-tech slow cooker, gifted to me by a dear friend. Does this actually makes me a Luddite in the true sense of the word? Lets see: one of a group of early 19th century English workmen destroying laborsaving machinery as a protest broadly : one who is opposed to, [More]

Discover Grosgrain, A Very Cool Walla Walla Winery for Fun Fizz and More

Posted on: January 25th, 2020 by
Grosgrain Vineyards makes a Lemberger pét-nat you must try.

Back in October I spent five idyllic days visiting wineries in Walla Walla, Washington. It had been a few years since my last trip, so I wanted to balance visiting some favorite spots with checking out new places. Regarding the latter, at the top of my list was Grosgrain Vineyards. Was I originally lured by [More]

Does wine continue to ferment in the bottle?

Posted on: January 21st, 2020 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]

Who Wants a Light, Fresh, Low-Alcohol Organic Spanish White Wine?

Posted on: January 16th, 2020 by
VIneyard at Bodegas Chozas Carrascal

I’m always on the lookout for organic white wines. So I was delighted to taste (and take home) the Las Dos Ces Blanco from Spain’s Chozas Carrascal winery. I picked up the bottle at my local wine shop, Grapepoint Wines, for $15. Go to wine tastings at your neighborhood place; it’s a great opportunity to discover [More]