Organic Wines: Lose the Headache

Living and working in New York City in the 1980s, my girlfriends and I often took weekends “upstate” to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life. On one such weekend, we decided to explore the Finger Lakes Wine District. Not really known as a major wine region, New York State nonetheless offered some …

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Wine, Women, and Albariño

Last week, at the first Wine, Women & Wednesdays Networking Salon (http://www.meetup.com/winewomenandchocolate/events/122062882/) I had the pleasure of talking about and sharing a lovely white wine from Spain that I enjoy all summer long – Albariño.  Most of the approximately 60 women at this event were having their first tasting of this indigenous Spanish varietal. “Albariño …

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Old Vines, Fine Wines, My Vines

A single bunch this year. I live on a lovely street in West Los Angeles, where the 50+ year-old Chinese Elm trees provide a beautiful canopy that adds to the charm of our neighborhood.  Sadly, these trees are reaching the end of their life, and many of them are simply falling down, as their aging …

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It’s Greek (Wine) to Me!

In Classical Greek literature, there are abundant references to wine, drinking, drinking vessels, and drinking games. They even had a god of wine, Bacchus, from whose name the word “bacchanalia” is derived, which loosely translated means “drunken revelry.” They really knew how to party in ancient Greece! But modern-day Greece does not usually come to …

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Tasting With the “Rhone Rangers”

Rhone Rangers LA Tasting at Vibiana The Rhone Rangers rode into Los Angeles on Sunday, June 23rd, and brought with them some wonderful American wines. The tasting event, held at the astoundingly beautiful Vibiana – a 130-year-old restored cathedral in downtown LA – provided a splendid afternoon of sipping, cheese tastings, and an appearance by …

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Tempranillo: Un Gran Vino

Last week, we talked about International Varietals and Noble Grapes. In addition to Italy’s Greco grape, which fits both categories, there is the Spanish “Tempranillo” grape, which is currently the most popular red wine grape in Spain. This varietal produces young wines that pair well with meat and olive oil – think Tapas – but …

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Greco: A Noble Choice

Greco grapes in vineyard in Italy. Walk into any wine store and ask for a bottle of Chardonnay, or Cabernet, or Pinot, and you will get a variety of choices, with offerings from many different countries. But ask for a bottle of Greco, you just might get a blank stare. That’s too bad, because Greco, …

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Truth ‘n Wine, The Beginning

Wine comes in at the mouth And love comes in at the eye; That’s all we shall know for truth Before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and I sigh. “The Drinking Song,” by William Butler Yeats The minister at my 1991 wedding read this …

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Thinking Pink

“A bottle of white, a bottle of red, Perhaps a bottle of rosé instead.”    “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” by Billy Joel   For me, it’s definitely rosé. I love pink wine. It’s thirst quenching – especially on a warm summer day. It pairs well with many foods, tastes good, and is pretty to look …

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Yummy “Yeasty” Wines

In winemaking, yeast plays a vital part in the creation of the final product, as it acts as the catalyst to start the grapes on their fermentation process. In some cases, yeast plays an even bigger role, and adds elegance to what could otherwise be neural, mediocre wines. I’ve tasted a few “yeasty” wines recently …

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