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Does wine continue to ferment in the bottle?

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]

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Murgo Brut Rosé is a Scintillating Sicilian Sparkler

It was my birthday and you know I was going to drink something sparkling so I headed to see my Seattle pal (we worked together at Bottlehouse for years) Carson at Scampi. He started me off with a glass of Murgo Brut Rosé (2015). First let me begin by saying the wine list at Scampi [More]

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Magnums for New Year’s Eve, Please

I put together a little roundup of New Year’s Eve sparkling wine suggestions for Wine Enthusiast. My pick? Naturally, rosé Champagne. But the selections run the gamut from fizzy to fancy. One thing I forgot to mention when it comes to New Year’s Eve bottles is GO BIG. I was reminded of this when I [More]

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Sparkling Rosé: 5 Under $25 To Try

  I am nuts for dry rosé and sparkling wine, separately. So sparkling rosé, the culmination of two of my favorite categories of wine, really floats my boat. A la peanut butter and jelly, the duo getting together makes something greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a simple equation: Bubbles plus rosé equals wine heaven. And [More]

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Blizzard Wine: What I Drank at Fung Tu

I survived my first East Cost blizzard! 25+ inches in a single New York City day. So what did I do on that Saturday, January 23rd? Naturally, I went out to eat. And on a mission to seek out my blizzard wine. It was totally amazing. All traffic was banned from the streets starting at 2:30pm. [More]

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A Not Grüner Sparkling Austrian Wine at Portland’s Grüner

I had been wanting to eat at Portland Oregon’s Grüner for quite a while and finally made it. (Thank you, Sean and Mary.) Naturally, I was excited for some sparkling wine, so our table ended up with a bottle of Szigeti‘s Cuvée Prestige. I’d had their sparkling Grüner Veltliner before but this was a bird of  a different [More]

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Label Lust: Jané Ventura Rosé Cava

My never-ending thirst for all things sparkling rosé led me back to an old friend with a look that stirs up feelings: Jané Ventura Reserva de la Música Rosé 2011. It’s a Cava (the term used for Spanish sparkling wine) made from Garnatxa Negra. You might have heard of this grape by a more familiar name: [More]

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J Vineyards and Winery: Sparkling Wine is Always in Season

The letter I received from California’s J Vineyards and Winery, along with a couple sample bottles of bubbles, mentioned that it’s sparkling wine season. And before I could object to this compartmentalization of my favorite category of wines to an October/November/December troika, this missive finished with a flourish: “We’re certain that once you taste these [More]

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