| Apr 14, 2015
| 2:58 PM
Second in a two-part look at the wines of Austria: This week, reds.
You know a country gets serious about making red wine when it stops growing cabernet sauvignon, the world's most popular and best-selling red.
That's what Austria has done. In...
| Apr 7, 2015
| 3:00 AM
Q: Does wine in screw top bottles age as well as wine in bottles with a cork?
—Andrew Maselli, Chicago
A: Knowing there's rarely a simple answer when it comes to wine, I reached out to an expert at the University of California at Davis and asked...
| Apr 21, 2015
| 1:34 PM
Verily, verdicchio, vernaccia and vermentino are the "veni, vidi, vici" of Italian white wine grapes, the Italian Vs of wine. (I could add the grapes verduzzo, verdiso and vespaiolo, but you rarely see them, in this country, as wines.)
| Apr 14, 2015
| 8:12 AM
Raise a toast to Madame Pommery next time you have something sparkling in the glass. For it was she, one of the great Champagne widows of the 19th century, who steered the world's taste in sparkling wine from sweet to drier styles — a preference...
| Apr 29, 2015
| 7:42 AM
For a St. John, I love Passover each year. I go back to my hometown of Denver and attend a couple of Seder meals at homes of Jewish friends.
But the kicker is that they ask me to conduct a tasting of kosher wines during the Haggada, the hours-long...
| Mar 13, 2015
| 8:00 AM
This recipe is what the Poles would call bigos or kapusta (the former thicker than the latter's soupier texture), or what those who live in Alsace, France, would name their famed choucroute garnie — or close enough. (Many more pork cuts in a...
| Mar 4, 2015
| 12:53 PM
The entire reason for a wine's appellation, or the name of the place where the grapes are grown that make the wine, is to tell you what kind of wine it is.
The name may be significant because it is narrow and tells a lot; "Napa Valley" certainly is....
| Mar 17, 2015
| 3:27 PM
The ancient Celts were a people of the forest. They used a lot of wood in their daily lives, for housing, cookery and art. Sometime around the 5th century B.C., they came up with an ingenious new way with wood; they formed it into barrels, for storing...
| Mar 31, 2015
| 10:06 AM
The nicest thing about recommending wine to Gen Xers and Gen Yers is that they don't have ear lids. Tell them that riesling is the world's greatest white wine grape and they say, "OK, cool; so show me."
You hand them a glass of well-made Mosel; they...
| Apr 6, 2015
| 1:45 PM
Head sommelier at Patina for a decade, Chris Meeske opened Mission Wines — with his former boss Joachim Splichal as investor — in 2004. Meeske says people like to joke, telling him, “You were a sommelier before it was cool to be a...
| Apr 6, 2015
| 10:14 AM
Patio Tapas and Wine (205 SE First Ave., Boca Ratón, 561-419-7239, PatioTapasAndBeer.com)
Después de trabajar con el reconocido chef José Andrés en The Bazaar en California y Miami Beach, Bryant Fajardo, con su esposa Nathalia, acaba de abrir su propio...