A First Course in Wine: From Grape to Glass. Copyright 2013; Race Point Publishers, NY. 224 pages. Forward by Mario Batali.

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Back to the Basics – Food and Wine

It takes two to tango

It’s a tough time of year for food and wine pairings. The cold weather encourages a heartier fare, and with it, comes heavier wines. Not a problem if you’re into that kind of thing, but what about the winos that enjoy the lighter stuff? Times like these, it’s […]

Old Wines, Good Times

Of the 35 billion bottles of wine produced each year, less than 1 percent are intended to age for longer than five years. Most are meant for immediate consumption within one to five years. The majority of wines exhibit all the things we like about wine in balanced proportions, such as fruit, acidity, earthy or […]

The Etiquette of Examining the Extraordinary Elixer (How to Taste Wine)

Throughout my days of staff tastings, trade tastings, wine classes, and excessive binge drinking episodes, I’ve learned that tasting wine for the first time is a different experience for everybody. The following is a brief guide of how to effectively analyze a wine’s character and flavors.

Color: Hold the wine up to a piece of […]

Tannin: The Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove

Tannin is the unsung hero of many great wines. It provides the backbone to many older vintage wines that may be older than 10 years, but drink like they’ve been recently bottled. The secret lies in this little component that’s found in the skins, seeds, pits, and pips of grapes. It’s also found in wood, […]