Exploring Rhone Wine Varietals

The New World wines inspired by the great wines from France’s Rhone region have earned a loyal following. Syrah and Viognier used to get all of the attention but adventurous wine lovers are discovering that there is so much more from the Rhone that is worth knowing. With that said, Viognier and Syrah clearly rule the roost. Acres of Viognier outpace the sum of...

An Italian Wine Primer

If I were forced to drink wines from just one nation for the rest of my days I would without hesitation choose the wines of Italy. Luckily, I don’t have to make such a choice but if I were forced the decision would be as easy one. The wines of Italy are incredibly diverse in every respect. If you like wine, there is an...

Montsant and the Famous Neighbor Strategy

When you are seeking wine values I suggest that employ the Famous Neighbor Strategy (FNS). The FNS is an easy one to follow. You find a wine appellation that you love but cannot afford to drink on daily, or weekly, basis. Chances are that these wines are also famous. Instead of waiting for a special occasion to enjoy this favorite wine you could look...

The Wines of Spain – Why you should be drinking more

Learning the wines of Spain could take a lifetime and what a life it would be. Spain being a peninsula with the Pyrenees to the north along the French border, the Atlantic to the west, and the Mediterranean to the east and south with influential rivers and high, arid lands in the country’s center. Spanish wines have changed significantly in the past few decades....

Labor Day – Keep Summer Alive

Somehow the calendar got set to fast-forward and now Labor Day weekend is soon upon us. It is widely believed that Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer but I’m not having any of that. Before the winter scarfs are taken from storage and the snow blower is tuned for winter I have more summer living to do. It’s time for new traditions...

Navigating the Corkage Fee Conundrum

The subject of corkage fees in restaurants has been a topic of great debate, for both restaurateurs and patrons alike, for many, many years. In fact the circumstance of navigating the corkage topic has been the source of some of my most uncomfortable moments – from both sides of the negotiating table. In truth, I rarely bring wine to a restaurant other than those...

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