| Oct 21, 2014
| 9:19 AM
Many of the world's enduringly favored wines are blends of grape varieties. Red Rioja, Cotes du Rhone, Champagne, Chianti Classico, Chateauneuf du Pape, port, the GSM (grenache, syrah, mourvedre) blends of Australia — the list is long.
| Oct 15, 2014
| 10:55 AM
During the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, trillions of oysters as cute as a button — and about that size — called exogyra virgula gave of their lives and shells and, compacted atop each other and other marine fossils, became one of the...
| May 6, 2014
My guide, Roberto, met me at Madrid's airport, we rented a car and minutes later we were southbound on the freeway, immersed in the vastness of La Mancha. It's a tough terrain. A windmill -- weathered into a rough little useless nub -- still capped its...
| Mar 4, 2014
France's bustling, modern Reims greets travelers with cellar doors wide open. As the capital of the Champagne region, it features a lively center, a historic cathedral, and, of course, Champagne tasting. And thanks to France's slick, high-speed rail, it's...
| Jul 15, 2014
I love France -- it is one of Europe's most diverse, tasty, and exciting countries. It brims with the good life and a special appreciation for culture, music, art, food, and wine.
But Americans can feel pretty dowdy when confronted with the casual...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 10:45 AM
My favorite part of any wine talk that I might give is when I'm done — not because the talk is over but because, before it's over, I get to answer people's questions. I loves me my Q&A. Here are some recent questions about wine that I've been asked,...
| Oct 11, 2014
| 7:02 PM
When it comes to the country's great wine-making regions, one naturally thinks of Napa Valley in California, the Finger Lakes in New York and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.
OK, that last one may be a stretch, but it may not be in the next several...
| Oct 10, 2014
| 12:35 PM
This month and next, I profile the wines made along the two great wine rivers of France, the Loire and the Rhone.
Near Lyon, the two rivers pass within 30 miles of each other, flowing in opposite directions, the Loire to the north and the Rhone to the...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 5:22 AM
Erin Youngs, vice president for Epcot, acknowledges that she's a foodie.
But that's not the reason the theme park added 12 food kiosks to the mix at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Fest this year, she says.
Those marketplaces with edibles...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 10:15 AM
Veneto, in northeast Italy, is one of 20 regions that make up the country. It is its most prolific winemaker, and boasts the greatest percentage of top-classed wine. But a key technique for much of that cutting-edge winemaking is far up the blade....
| Jan 20, 2010
Randall Grahm is the legendary founder of California's Bonny Doon Vineyard, noted for creating delicious Rhone-style wines. He is an innovator not only in the vineyard, where he fearlessly experiments with different grape varieties, but also in the...