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

[URIS id=5852] 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) […]

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 […]

Champagne, Events, Flavor of the day, French wines, General Wine, Italian, Must Try, Red wines, Spanish wines, Uncategorized, White Wines

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. […]