Champagne, Flavor of the day, French wines, Must Try, Spanish wines, Uncategorized

What’s the cost of love? Four Valentine’s Day sparklers that fit the bill for elegance

Wine consumption in the United States declined slightly in 2019 for the first time in 25 years. Two categories, however, showed increased sales: sparkling wine and rose`. Americans love their bubblies and for good reason. We party. We celebrate. We romance. And we spend money on premium sparkling wines. Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) offers the […]

Champagne, Flavor of the day, French wines, Must Try, Uncategorized

‘Tis the season for tiny bubbles and elegant French Champagne

Is it Champagne or sparkling wine? It’s a common question I get from wine drinkers this time of year. Karen MacNeil provides the simplest answer in her classic book, The Wine Bible: “Champagne is aromatically, texturally, and in terms of flavor, one of the most distinct wines in the world. It comes from only one […]

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Need a wine for Thanksgiving dinner? Here are 30 outstanding values to feast on

The 2019 Thanksgiving Wine List, based on the selections of five industry experts and educators, is a fabulous guide to plan your holiday meal. It matches the textures and tastes of quality, affordable wines with the flavorful food of a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings.  food. Here are 30 great buys for your […]

Champagne, Flavor of the day, Italian, Must Try, White Wines

Shake summer doldrums with Trentino’s ‘mountain’ bubblies

Is your summer half empty or half full? Recently, I overheard several people lament that, following the Fourth of July, the summer season “is all but over.” Blasphemy! Don’t be a summer-doldrums type person. If things need perking up, do what I do: Turn to Trentino (generally called Trento), a high-altitude autonomous province in northeast […]

Champagne, Flavor of the day, French wines, Italian, Uncategorized, White Wines

Wines to keep the sparkle going all year long

Rise and wine! There’s nothing like an effervescent sparkle in a champagne glass to inspire thoughts of warmer, sunny days ahead. So, let’s break out the Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco, American sparkling wines and French champagne. To me, every day is a good day for bubbly – not just Valentine’s Day or other festive occasions. […]