August 20, 2008 |
Forty years ago, mentioning a visit to wine country might have prompted the question "Burgundy or Bordeaux?" Twenty years ago, it might have provoked "Napa or Sonoma?" But as of 2002, wineries can be found in all 50 states, so a visit to France or California is hardly a foregone conclusion. Wineries elsewhere -- including the other leading wine-producing states of Washington, Oregon, New York and Virginia -- offer their own allure. Last month, in a kind of busman's holiday, we visited wineries in Oregon, which is known for Burgundian varietals...
November 1, 2011 |
Here are my monthly Recession Busters recommendations of wines costing $15 or less that offer great value. There are some unusual wines here that should interest adventurous palates. ★★★Exceptional ★★Excellent ★Very Good Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor. Vignoble Poiron-Dabin Pinot Gris Tradition 2010 ★★ Val de Loire, France, $12 This is an unusual wine:...
November 19, 2008 |
Every November, wine columnists wail about the difficulty of pairing wine with the traditional Thanksgiving meal. So many flavors on the table! Nothing matches sweet potatoes and mini marshmallows or lumpy turkey gravy! Cranberry sauce from a can? Sacre bleu! You can hear their hands wringing louder than church bells. The typical solution is to come up with a single wine that might not match everything on the table but will at least minimize the horror. So you'll read that the ideal Thanksgiving wine is zinfandel for its...
November 19, 2008
Here are suggestions for red, white and sparkling wines with Thanksgiving dinner. In each category is a splurge, a moderately priced selection and a local option. Paraiso Pinot Noir 2006 ** California, $25 This is a nicely balanced pinot noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands, with cherry and plum flavors accented by smoke from wood aging. It tastes a tad sweet, which should make it ideal for Thanksgiving. Country Vintner: available at Rodman's, Calvert Woodley and Morris Miller in the District; at Evo Bistro in McLean.
January 13, 2010 |
The vineyards of Alsace rise along the eastern slopes of the Vosges Mountains, a ribbon of green stretching more than 100 miles from north to south. The Wine Route, which begins just west of Strasbourg, meanders through picturesque villages little changed for centuries and ends at Thann, near the Swiss border. A center of gastronomy as well as wine, it is a favorite destination of Germans and Swiss but seldom on American wine lovers' itineraries. I find that puzzling, because the wine, the food and the scenery make it an ideal wine region.
November 27, 2012 |
We tend to think of wine like fashion: No whites after Labor Day. But weather-related wine pairings are not really a function of color. Weight and body are the more relevant factors. So don't rule out white wines with your cold-weather fare. Instead, look for weightier examples with the heft to match the season's cuisine. In other words, think Alsace. Alsatian wines to try Alsace is squeezed between the Rhine River to the east and the Vosges mountains 15 miles to the west, about the same as the...