New Ranking Lists the World’s 50 Best Vineyards to Visit
A vast blue sky, a backdrop of awe-inspiring snow-covered Andes mountains, and a spectacular pyramid shaped adobe building that looked like a Mayan temple surrounded by vines: that was my first impression of Catena Zapata, one of Argentina’s most famous wineries, on my first visit almost two decades ago.
This $15 riesling is crisp, balanced and low-alcohol
Riesling from Germany’s Mosel region can be an ideal summer wine — low in alcohol and bracing with refreshing acidity. As with this week’s great value by Karl Kaspar, it is also affordable. Keep some chilled for those warm evenings on the patio. We also have two more reds from France’s Rhone Valley, continuing my theme from last week. These are great for grilled or roasted meat.
How To Pair Wine With Scallops Like A Sommelier
Sommeliers go to school for years to learn how to perfectly pair wines — down to the region, vineyard, and year — with any possible dish. No one would expect that level of know-how from the average diner. But with some handy tips from sommeliers, you can make excellent choices when buying wine to go with scallops, depending on how the dish is being prepared.
Pleasant Surprise for Wine Drinkers: Another Great Vintage in Germany
Climate change in all its unpredictability has been throwing curveballs at vintners around the world. In a marginal continental climate, like Germany, warming temperatures have allowed for better vintages more often than the historical average. Yet the weather patterns — their timing, frequency, and severity — bear little resemblance to what was considered normal. These fluctuations have affected the wines being crafted and confounded everyone involved in their production and consumption.
SF’s Super-Luxe Sommelier Recommends His Favorite Bottles
Michael Lagau knows the power of wine: over a mood, over a meal, even over a life. After all, in the face of all manner of obstacles and hurdles, he’s been able to reinvent his career time and time again thanks to the wealth offered by the wine world.
13 Sweet Wines Perfect For Beginners
With such a vast variety of wine in the world, it’s no wonder that trying a glass, or outright buying any bottle, can feel daunting. It’s not that wine is specifically an acquired taste, but the tannins in wine can make some varieties bitter and the acidity levels in wine can produce a sour taste. So how do you know what flavors you prefer, and where do you even start? Sweet wine is an ideal choice for beginners because the sweetness can dull down the bitterness of tannins or the sourness of acidity. It also comes in every type: Red, white, and rosé.
Learn All About Pairing Sweeter Wines With Different Foods
“Eww, it’s so sweet” is a gripe I love to hear when serving guests a not-so-dry wine because I know the following comment will be, “Oh, this is delicious!” What causes this presto change-o from yuck to yummy? Food, of course! Sweeter wines are delicious food complements and crowd-pleasers when you follow simple strategies.
The Best Wine And Spirit Pairings With Stilton Cheese
Stilton is among the world’s best-known cheeses. An after-dinner stalwart, Stilton pairs brilliantly with a wide assortment of fortified and dry wines. Little wonder that it is nicknamed the “King of Cheeses.” Here’s a quick primer on the history and diversity of England’s Stilton cheeses and the wines and spirits to pair with them.