I’m grateful when I get to go to big wine trade tastings, but they can be overwhelming. One hundred-plus tables, many of them crowded with clamoring masses, yearning to drink taste free. My advice is to go in with a battle plan. Study that spiral-bound playbook you get on arrival! But sometimes it’s dumb luck [More]
Drinking the 2006 Robert Skalli Reserve Cabernet from the Sud de France reminded me how much decanting can benefit a wine. At first, the Skalli was smooth but a little too dominated by oak. After an hour in the decanter, the oak had subsided and I was left with a rich cab with mellow tannins. [More]
So I’m going to a potluck later today and have this working in the crockpot: Pumpkin Chicken thighs rubbed with smoked, dried chile powder and cumin Onion Garlic A bit of red curry sauce So what wine with this dish? At first I was contemplating a richer-style white, but with that bit of powerful tomato-based [More]
It’s a lovely, sunny fall afternoon in Seattle. I think it only proper to laze about on the balcony and drink sparkling wine. What’s in my glass? Blanquette de Limoux. This region of France produces really nice, fun, and affordable sparkling wines. And if you liked to be steeped in the lore and history of [More]
Jump to the Foodista blog, where I take a stroll down memory lane. A tale of Chicago and Vouvray!
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Guigal has its famous, pricey wines like the La Las but I was at lunch today with a rep from ExCellars revisiting the more humble Cotes du Rhones. The rosé, white, and red were really impressive. The 2009 pink was lovely, with all kinds of strawberry and watermelon flavors but bone-dry. The white contained a [More]
My expanded thoughts on Domaine Weinbach and their lovely Rieslings.