The delights of Sea Bass and Chablis and more. For a long time the accepted wisdom was that white wine goes with fish and red wine with meat. That was as complex as food matching needed to be. It was a useful rule of thumb when fish came poached or simply grilled, and red wine […]
A remarkable amount of knowledge has been shared, debated and contradicted on the subject of food and wine pairing, useful albeit loosely defined principles and tips that can help us enjoy both the food and the wine, rather than letting one suppress the other. Open an expensive bottle of St-Emilion, eat a flaming hot Mexican […]
Who hasn’t heard of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon? These French grapes are world renowned and planted across the globe in both hemispheres. Herewith is a list of some more of the most famous and also lesser known grapes from France, from Alicante Bouschet to Viognier Armagnac – High quality grape brandy from Gascony Appellation d’ […]
White Chardonnay– the traditional white grape of Burgundy (such as Chablis), Chardonnay is grown all over France and is probably the most famous white varietal in the world today. Chenin blanc– used frequently in the Loire Valley (where it is also called Pineau de la Loire). Used to make both delicious dry wines as well […]
Red Portuguese Grapes Alfrocheiro Preto: main grape in the Dao, rich in color Aragonês: see Tinta Roriz Baga: – Main grape used for wines in Bairrada appellation, also used in Alentejo and Ribatejo. High quality grape. Bastardo: – funny named grape grown in the Douro, early ripening. Used in Dao extensively Castelão Frances: – see […]
A white port wine Ruby Is the most basic and least expensive style of Port. It is a blend from the produce of several harvests that spends two to three years in stainless steel or wood before it is bottled. You usually will not see the term Ruby on the label, as most shippers prefer […]
Italian Red Grapes Aglianico: used to make quality full-bodied red wines in Campania (best commune being Taurasi) and also in up and coming Basilicata. Of Greek origin, it was known as “Vitis Hellenica” Aleatico: strong Mediterranean red varietal grown on the island of Elba and also in Puglia and Lazio Barbera: makes both elegant and […]
A-D Abboccato – slightly sweet Acerbo – tart, “green” Acescenza – volatile wine Aceto – vinegar, usually made with a wine base Aglianico – ancient red grape grown in the Campania region of Italy (south of Naples) Alcool – alcohol Amabile – off dry (semi-sweet) Amaro – bitter Annata – vintage year Appassimento – the […]
Aguardiente – A strong transparent spirit distilled from vegetables, called “Firewater”, drunk as a digestif after a heavy meal to aid digestion Albariza – The famous sparkling white soils of Jerez Sherry country, characterized by its high limestone content. Albariño – Fresh, crisp white wine from the Rias Baixas appellation of Galicia. It’s also the […]
Spanish Red Grapes Tempranillo: Spain´s most famous and noble grape. Also known as Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, Tinto Fino. Grown in many regions including Rioja, Ribera del Duero, La Mancha and Penedes Garnacha: known as Grenache in France & America, this is the most prominent grape in Priorat Mencia: Spain´s hot and upcoming cult grape […]
Tasty & delicious, Spanish Olive Oil never fails to please the palate Dry, rolling hills studded with gnarled olive trees are an iconic image of Spain. No matter where you travel — the white-walled towns of Andalucía, the vast plains of Castilla y la Mancha, the rugged hills of southern Catalunya, or the quiet rural […]
Enjoy this Cellar Tours “Wine Spotlight” on one of our fave Californian estates: Silver Oak- their Alexander Valley Cab Sauv is the ULTIMATE delicious wine to enjoy with your family at the table this Thanksgiving. There are very few wineries in the Napa Valley that are as loved by locals as much as Silver Oak […]
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