In America, the Fourth of July celebrates the anniversary of the day we declared our independence from Great Britain. In France, July 14th celebrates the historic day the oppressed citizens of France stormed the Bastille – a prison and citadel that stood as a symbol of the hypocrisy and corruption of the aristocratic government – and declared their independence from the repressive rule of King Louis XVI…. continue reading
Nicolas Feuillatte (pronounced Foo-Yatt), the legendary socialite and entrepreneur, passed away last month on August 12th at the age of 88. However, he will best remembered as the visionary who started the Champagne brand that bears his name.
Well, that certainly gave me pause to stop and think about coming up with my “desert island” wine list. It is important to note that, just like my “best wines I have ever had,” my desert island wine list is not necessarily made up of the best wines I have ever had. While I have enjoyed spectacular wines, I wouldn’t necessarily want to have on a regular basis since that would simply spoil the uniqueness of the experience. But, on the other hand, there are a few incredible wines I wouldn’t mind being stuck with either.
As we head in to the home stretch of summer and attempt to ease back into the routine of work and/or school, the last thing you want to think about is what wine to kick back with and enjoy this Labor Day weekend.
Good news – I have a few picks to make your weekend just a little less stressful.
The Virginia Wineries Association, in partnership with the Virginia Wine Board & the Virginia Vineyards Association, recently announce the winners and put together a “media case” of the winning wines for wine journalists and critics. I used my case as an opportunity to see how these wines fare with some wine-loving consumers. I assembled a panel of amateur wine enthusiasts and asked them to evaluate the wines in the Governor’s Cup case. The wines were evaluated based on appearance, aroma, taste and overall quality and scored on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest). I kept the identity of the wines concealed until the end of the tasting.
This past May, my wife gave me a smoker for my birthday, and I have become obsessed with smoking just about everything from pork products to potatoes. I love the wonderful flavor and tenderness that smoking imparts to various foods. The challenge is finding a wine that can stand up to some of the potent flavors infused by the smoke.
Just round up a mess of crabs and invite friends and neighbors in to share the treat. Just be sure you have some of these tasty wines on hand to enjoy with your favorite crustacean.
Five years is a long time to do one thing – particularly if it is high school… But if it is spent doing the Wine of the Week segment on WTOP radio, then five years passes by in the blink of an eye.
So to celebrate five years of sharing some of my favorite wines with WTOP listeners, I am going to review wines that started their bottle-life out with me on WTOP – the 2009 vintage.
On the evening of October 25th in Poolsville, Maryland, I am proud to be the Master of Ceremonies for Horses on Pointe, an evening dedicated to raising funds necessary to continue the therapeutic riding programs that bring so much joy to children and adults who can find a connection to the world through their bond with horses.
The evening will be filled with musical rides by Great and Small riders as well as some of the best riders, both professional and amateur, in the region. I encourage you to check out the link below and consider attending or donating to this little-but-amazing event.
I know that the old adage about gift giving says, “it’s better to give than to receive,” but this Mother’s Day, I think it would be wonderful to give and receive a “thoughtfully tasteful” gift. After all, having a wife/mother who loves to cook – and occasionally enjoy a delicious glass of wine along with her culinary efforts – I like the idea of giving her a special bottle of wine with a theme (flowers, jewelry, candy). And if it really is the “thought that counts,” chances are good that this thoughtful spouse will receive the benefits of mom’s kitchen creations.