Posted on May 18, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
For the last 50 years, Washington State has quietly but steadily been producing a bevy of tasty wines ranging from crisp, dry whites to spicy, bold reds, and just about everything in between. In order to spread the word on Washington State wines – and get a broader range of feedback, I decided to assemble a panel of enthusiastic amateur wine consumers to help me taste over 20 white wines. The varietals included chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and viognier.
Posted on May 12, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
The Willamette Valley is Oregon’s leading wine producing region, featuring over 200 wineries spread out over its six distinct appellations, including Eola-Amity Hills, Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, McMinnville, Ribbon Ridge, and Yamhill Carlton. This long, broad valley runs for over a hundred miles, from the Columbia River in the North and stopping just short of the town of Eugene, OR in the south.
Posted on April 28, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
When you have the most famous family name in California winemaking and also own the oldest winery in Napa Valley, the word that comes to mind is “stewardship.” Stewardship for the land, stewardship for the wine, and stewardship for the legacy. As the fourth generations prepares to take the reins at Napa Valley’s oldest winery, that philosophy is still at the core of Charles Krug Winery.
Posted on April 21, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
Annapolis wine merchant, Patrick Bouculat of Wine Cellars of Annapolis, decided to recreate a modern day version of the historic a Judgment of Paris, a competition between California and French winesstaged by British wine merchant Steven Spurrier. Spurrier arranged for a blind tasting of chardonnay wines in one flight and red wines (California cabernets sauvignons versus French Bordeaux blends) in another flight. And so on a sunny afternoon, I found myself on the hot seat as a member of a three-judge panel in, “The Judgment of Annapolis,” a fun tasting that Patrick put together to show friends and clients the similarities and differences between the two countries.
Posted on April 15, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
California’s Central Coast is one of the largest and most desirable grape growing regions in the world. There are three distinct sub-regions within the Central Coast AVA; the northern section includes San Francisco Bay, the central section is made up of Monterey and San Benito, and San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties comprise the southern section. Last week, I covered several delightful wines from the southern section. This week, I will review a few enchanting choices from the two sub-regions to the north.
Posted on April 6, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
Several years ago, in an article in Food and Wine magazine, wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. stated, “Look for wines from California’s Central Coast… to take their place alongside the hallowed bottlings of Napa and Sonoma valleys. No viticultural region in America has demonstrated as much progress in quality and potential for greatness as the Central Coast…”
The Central Coast AVA is huge – stretching roughly 250 miles along the coastline of California, from San Francisco County in the north down to Santa Barbara County in the south, averaging about 25 miles in width. There are three distinct sub-regions within the Central Coast AVA. San Francisco Bay in the north, the central region includes Monterey and San Benito, and the southern most region encompasses San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara. I will focus on wines from the southern region this week and tackle the former two sub-regions next week.
Posted on March 30, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
Easter Sunday is a significant celebration that traditionally includes family, friends and, of course, food. And regardless if your Easter involves hunting for eggs, gathering for a big brunch, preparing a festive meal, or all three, chances are wine will play an important role, providing a grace note to both the meal and the festive nature of the holiday.
Posted on March 23, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
Local wine distributor Constantine “Gus” Kalaris could very well be one of the nicest people in the wine business. He routinely prefers a bear hug to a handshake and his broad smile and deep laugh are genuinely infectious. We met about a decade ago at the release party of his first vintage of his flagship wine, Axios. I had a hunch back then that Gus would one day be a big deal in the wine world. I was right.
Posted on March 16, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
Wines from Georgia – the country, not the state – are gainging popularity in the United States. Georgia is blessed with rich alluvial soil laden valleys, and a temperate climate that provides warm sunny days and cool nights. Many of the wines display excellent structure, with firm tannins and crisp acidity.
Posted on March 3, 2013 - by The Vine Guy
This is my second installment in an ongoing column featuring the “Best Wine Values From…” country series which will tackle one of the most challenging wine producing countries of all; Chile. What makes Chile such an interesting country to cover is the fact that there are a plethora of many delicious choices of wines offered at reasonable prices. Here are some remarkable wines that offer a very high Quality-to-Price (QPR) ratio that are readily available in our marketplace.
The focus of Chilean winemakers has shifted from making mass produced wines for domestic consumption to crafting high quality wines for export. Many of these artesian wines offer a substantially better value than some of their European counterparts.