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Five Kosher Wines to Try

Wednesday April 16, 2014

Kosher wines have had an uphill battle in overcoming their "sticky sweet" wine image.  Fortunately, many of today's kosher wine producers are focusing first on making good wine placing priority on the ground, grapes, and production methods with kosher compliance taking a secondary seat to quality and consistency.

From California to Argentina, and France to Italy, Israel and beyond, kosher wines are popping up all over established international wine regions, eager to offer consumers credible wines with a kosher label. Check out Five Kosher Wines to Try for this Passover.

Wines for Passover and Easter

Thursday April 10, 2014

Ten days 'til Easter and a week until Passover, it's time to start considering wines for both holiday traditions. Whether you opt for ham, lamb, or something completely different, pairing wine with favorite family recipes can be a snap - check out our Easter wine pairing pointers here.

Or if you are looking to get a grip on what's at stake with kosher wines for Passover and want to know where to find producers that are as serious about their winemaking as they are about the kosher labeling requirements, then brush up on the basics of kosher wines and snag a few recs here.

The Easter season brings a unique opportunity to get familiar with the solid wine offerings coming out of Israel.  Both well made and well rated, we've gathered up some of Israel's wine history, the lay of the land and appellations, along with fantastic producers to keep an eye out for the next time you are looking to expand your wine tasting adventure.  Read more...

Pairing Wine with Easter Dinner

Kosher Wines for Passover

Wines of Israel

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Wine of the Week: Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava (Spain) $9

Sunday March 30, 2014

Bringing some serious value, not to mention bubbles to the table, Spain's Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava showcases an engaging blend of nutty nuances and a dash of citrus on the nose.

The palate profile is fresh, with zippy acidity, bright lemon-lime fruit and apple undertones.  A remarkable sparkling wine for the price, this Cava is made with a blend of regional grapes: Macabeo, Parellada and Xarel-lo.

Perfect for parties, keep Cava in mind for appetizers, shellfish themes, tapas, and a variety of poultry picks.

Why Vintage Matters

Thursday March 27, 2014

Bud break

Another year, another wine, but why does it matter whether you grab the latest release on the shelf or scout for a 2009 label? Varying considerably by wine and region, the specific factors of the local growing season exert an enormous influence on the vineyard's yields, ripeness or sugar levels, and overall vintage quality for the regional wines.

Bordeaux is often first to carry the vintage card, declaring vintages as excellent or merely good and giving consumers a glimpse of what to expect from different producers based on the season's weather conditions impacting everything from bud break to harvest and beyond.  Learn more here...

Wine of the Week: Domaine Faiveley Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay 2010 (FR) $20

Sunday March 23, 2014

Classic white Burgundy, the 2010 Bourgogne Blanc from Domaine Faiveley offers up plenty of apple blossom and engaging almond notes on the nose.

The palate profile reveals a mix of Granny Smith apple and ripe D'anjou pear with earthy undertones and mineral-driven nuances transported on zesty acidity.

The medium to fuller-body wraps up with remarkable balance and a persistent finish.  Perfect for pairing with a variety of poultry dishes, grilled fish or shellfish, this 2010 Bourgogne Blanc sports delicious versatility.

Wine Country Travel

Sunday March 23, 2014

Bordeaux

Happily, grapes typically grow in stunning locales with plenty of foodie themes thriving in restaurants and various eateries surrounding the vines.  Making the necessary marriage of food and wine a seamless adventure, regional restaurants often showcase local grapes in tandem with local fare.

Outdoor enthusiasts (and history buffs) may also find a friend in wine country travel, as many of the slopes, rivers, and climate components that give the grapes a unique terroir also double as the grounds for outdoor pursuits and entice avid cyclists, hikers, rafters, and horseback riders.

Plenty of wine country destinations welcome guests with gusto.  Some roll out the red carpet with a bit more ease and are geared for impromptu visits with tastings offered daily, while other wine regions keep things simple and would love to host wine fans for a glass, but need some advanced notice to make it happen. California, Washington, Oregon, and Virginia run similar wine themes with full-fledged tasting rooms, plenty of foodie havens thriving in local restaurants and almost limitless outdoor adventure pursuits.

Old World wine regions are equally welcoming, but may not always be ready to receive spontaneous visitors without at least a quick call ahead.

Learn more about wine country travel off the beaten path in Chile, Bordeaux, Virginia and more...

Wine of the Week: Michele Chiarlo Gavi 2012 (Italy) $20

Monday March 17, 2014

Made from 100% Cortese grapes, the 2012 Michele Chiarlo Gavi brings a lively wine, brimming with sultry citrus and the classic notes of fresh cut grass, to the table.

Perfect for spring, this particular medium-bodied white wine from Piedmont showcases unmistakable grapefruit and zesty lime on the palate well-supported by vibrant acidity and an enduring, delicious finish.

Consider pairing the 2012 Gavi ("Gavi" is the place the grapes are grown in Piedmont, named after the town) with a variety of shellfish, grilled fish, and roasted veggies.

St. Patrick's Day with Wine and Mead

Thursday March 13, 2014

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner and it's time to put a wee bit of thought into green-themed celebrations. We've rounded up our favorite Mead recommendations, St. Patty's Day Sangrias and Irish Cocktails along with a cheat sheet of tasty and traditional St. Patrick's Day recipes and toasts to give you a leg up on your St. Patty's party planning.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Celtic Tradition -Mead

Top Mead Recommendations

St. Patrick's Day Sangria

Irish Cocktails

Traditional St. Patty's Day Recipes

Irish Toasts & Blessings

 

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Wine of the Week: L'Ecole 41 Luminesce 2012 (WA) $20

Thursday March 6, 2014

A bright-eyed Bordeaux blend built on Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, the 2012 L'Ecole 41 Luminesce brings the sweet scent of apricot and citrus to the nose. Lively stone fruit and unmistakable minerality meet on the palate with a well-balanced, medium-bodied backdrop.

An understated elegance, engaging finish, and remarkable price point make this a wine to remember the next time you find yourself strolling the wine aisle scouting for a versatile, food-friendly white wine.

Wine of the Week: Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2012 (CA) $16

Thursday February 27, 2014

 

The 2012 Artezin Zinfandel from Menocino County rocks out with massive raspberry fruit wrapped up in spicy cinnamon and black pepper on the nose.  The palate brings out extended fruit sequences ranging from juicy raspberry to dense plum with black pepper, black licorice and pumpkin pie spice playing a consistent jig on the background profile.

The innate tannin structure is well-maintained and offers a supple skeleton to support the fruit.  Expect an engaging finish with solid balance.

Zinfandel makes its mark in foodie circles for its uncanny ability to pair with an impressive array of recipes.  Primed to be a top pick red wine for backyard barbecues, chili cook offs, and an endless list of beef cuts and wild game, the Artezin Zin from Mendocino is no exception.

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