New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs – all the same? Some colleagues of mine suggest that New Zealand (Marlborough at least) are interchangeable. The suggestion goes that the flavor profile is so similar in these increasingly easily available NZ SBs, that one becomes another and the brand and winemaker do not matter – therefore, unless one wants … Continue reading New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs – all the same?
A California-style white… from Portugal! What a fascinating wine discovery! The 2008 Dona Ermelinda White (http://www.ermelindafreitas.pt/en/) is a blend of several native and often unfamiliar Portuguese grapes (Fernao Pires, Arinto, Antao Vaz) and 30% very familiar Chardonnay, the grape responsible for white Burgundies and countless world famous white wines from around the globe. The color … Continue reading A California-style white… from Portugal!
Fish Dinner with White Wines A recent dinner put on by “Off the Grid” (www.off-the-grid.ws) combined the fish-based culinary talents of owners Henry and Angela of Penn Avenue Fish Company (www.pennavefishcompany.com ). The idea of a five course fish-only dinner paired with five white wines was interesting, since variety is the spice of life, and … Continue reading Fish Dinner with White Wines
Four French Values from recent Wine and Cheese Cruise Recently a cheese-expert friend of mine, David Bennett, presented an opportunity to pair wines and cheeses, with the additional treat of discussing these pairings as we floated on the river in a fabulous private yacht, watching the sun set against the skyline of Pittsburgh. Who am … Continue reading Four French Values from recent Wine and Cheese Cruise
If you drive north through the northern most vicinity of Napa Valley, a few minutes past Calistoga, you will arrive in the AVA (American Viticultural Area) known as Knights Valley. Although not the most recognized wine region in California, this AVA is considered by many to be a gem in the hills north of Napa. … Continue reading Boutique-style California wines for value-style budget
As the cold of Winter gives way to warmer temperatures of Spring, many wine enthusiasts and restaurants start thinking about warm weather wines. For me, this group of warm weather wines comprises mainly whites, although rose is a favorite of mine for the summer, but that is a topic for a future post, so for … Continue reading Great Value White Wines for Summer!
Australia Day Wines! Continue reading Australia Day Wines!