Wine

The Wines of Rueda, Spain

Rueda: nothing but vineyards as far as the eye can see (with the occasional solar power station). The route between Rueda and Serrada taken from Bing Maps No one goes to Rueda. Your internationally travelled friends will never come back with stories of Rueda. It’s a place where few outsiders will venture, even if the…

Taster’s Guide to Verdejo Wine

Verdejo (“Vurr-day-ho”) is an uncommon, light-bodied white wine that grows almost exclusively in Spain. The wine is an outstanding alternative to wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, with surprising changes in flavors coming with age. Find out more about Verdejo, where it grows, what it tastes like, and excellent food pairings. TIP: Verdejo is…

Featured Grape: Verdejo

If you’re a fan of crisp, fresh, aromatic, fruity white wines with clean herbaceous notes, you’ll want to reach for a Verdejo. The grape is predominantly grown in Rueda, Spain, where careful harvesting and vinification techniques are instrumental to maintaining its crisp, lively style, as the grape is prone to easy oxidation. Very similar in…

Wine Pairings With Irish Food

Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner – pints of Guinness and tumblers of Whiskey abound! If malted barley isn’t your thing, you might be feeling left out. Fear not. Here are five great St. Patrick’s Day food and wine pairings that will keep you chewing and sipping in tune with your favorite Irish…

Is Green Wine Really Wine?

Beyond the use of artificial colorings, can red and white grapes be made into wine of other colors? We live in a colorful world. No one knows this better than Saint Patrick’s Day revelers, ready to douce green food dye in everything and anything within arms reach. Green beer? Definitely! Green eggs and ham? Gross,…

Featured Grape: Carménère

This month we’re taking a closer look at the red grape, Carménère. Those of us who love savory things and yearn for wines outside of the “fruit-bomb” spectrum will love what Carménère has to offer. Carménère is found mostly in Chile, is related to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and has a higher prevalence of a…

Roman Food and Wine Pairings

The perfect pairing for the ultimate toga party Even though the college fraternities pay homage to ancient Greece, togas are definitely a Roman thing. As the national costume of ancient Rome – worn by both men and women for a time – the toga gradually became so voluminous and costly that it was used only…

The Wines To Know From Lazio

Even though Rome has a history of winemaking since before the Romans, Lazio (or Latium, as it’s also called), has more recently been considered the doldrums of wine. During the last century, the major grapes, including Trebbiano and Malvasia, were overcropped to produce boring, sweet white wines. That is, until recently! The region has been…

Beware The Ides of March

The Ides of March The Ides of March, (mid-March in the earliest Roman calendar) was forever set in history as the day Julius Caesar was murdered. In 44 BC, Brutus, Cassius, and over 60 members of the Senate lead a mutiny against Caesar, who they feared was gaining too much power on his quest for…

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