Harvest in British Columbia

In this article I share an insider’s view of the 2016 grape harvest in British Colombia, Canada, from winemakers and grape growers. If pressed to guess, where in the world is the picture above? Where is Summerland? Where on Earth is Evolve Cellars located? HelloBC tells us: “Summerland (population 10,828) is an agricultural community with…

Harvest in Bordeaux

This article visits the regions of Graves and Entre-Deux-Mers as an example of the harvest season in Bordeaux. As I write this, estates harvest. They send their hands and boots to the vines as the grapes they’ve nurtured for months (from the vines they’ve nurtured for years) come into the winery. The harvest comes in…

The French #Winophiles in Bordeaux: Peek at Graves & Entre-Deux-Mers

The French Winophiles are touring the Bordeaux regions of Graves and Entre-Duex-Mers. Learn about Graves, according to Wines of Bordeaux as: “Dotted with Grands Crus classés and discreet vineyards, these terroirs enjoy high-quality soils and microclimates conducive to winegrowing.” And Entre-Deux-Mers, which is nested between two bodies of water. Wines of Bordeaux says: The Dordogne…

The Original Bubbly: Blanquette de Limoux

Looking for bubbles, sparkles and fizz? Don’t call it Champagne, this is Blanquette de Limoux, from Languedoc. Time to pop the cork! Earlier this year I wrote a piece for Palate Press about the Languedoc Outsiders, a group of winemakers from all imaginable backgrounds and locations who landed in Languedoc order to make. While researching the story,…

Go Ahead and Say It: Grüner Veltliner

This article encourages a glass of Grüner Veltliner, a food-friendly Austrian varietal, explored for Wine Paring Weekend #WinePW. I have a theory. People drink easy-to-say wines first. If they have to point to the wine list to order, they feel sheepish. No one wants to feel sheepish, so they order something they can pronounce. As an…

A Beginner’s Guide to Volcanic Wines

This article introduces Italian wine from grapes grown in volcanic soil. Volcanic Activity It’s one of society’s most fascinating and upsetting stories: Pompeii. …and the walls kept tumbling down, in the city that we love…grey clouds fall over the hills bringing darkness from above… ~Bastille, Pompeii From HISTORY: “Ever since the ancient Greeks settled in the area in…

Harvest in Provence

Here we enjoy scenes of the vendage, wine grape harvest, at Château Romanin in Les Baux de Provence AOP. I’ve had the great pleasure of enjoying the wines of Château Romanin during my visits to Provence. I still remember drinking my first bottle during a rainy spring evening in little cafè called Le Marilyn in…

Famous Line From Jerry McGuire Film Works Again in Napa

Today we welcome a guest post from Jerry Clark, wine writer and president of Winemaven Enterprises in Mystic, Connecticut. Jerry and I are both contributors to Provence WineZine and we had the good fortune of meeting in Lodi, California earlier this year. Susan Manfull, founder of Provence WineZine, was there as well as we all…

Winemaker Rendezvous: Nicolas Laugner of Domaine Allimant-Laugner

Today we welcome a rendezvous with Nicolas Laugner, 11th generation Alsatian winemaker at Domaine Allimant-Laugner in Orschwiller. I have a very active imagination. There isn’t much that I can’t picture or create in my mind’s eye; but there is something about Nicolas that I struggle with. I just can’t wrap my head around the idea of…

Oysters & Sauvignon Blanc from Proud Pour

This story tells about the efforts of Proud Pour, a company working to restore oyster beds from the proceeds of their sustainably-produced Sauvignon Blanc from North Coast, California. Learning About Oysters Last January, during a southbound drive on I-55, I heard a story on the radio about the cost of checked airline baggage. A guest on…

Saint-Émilion, Message in a Bottle

This story tells how the history of Saint Emilion, the UNESCO World Heritage wine region located in Bordeaux France, provides travel inspiration.

Grape Diversity and Greek Rosé

In 1974 an oenologist named Athanassois Parparoussis founded a winery in the Greek Peloponnese. In the 40-plus years since the winery began, Athanassois has placed his enthusiasm on promoting indigenous Greek grape varieties, those that express the nature of the region. Now in partnership with his daughters, the family-owned winery utilizes both private vineyards and…

Rosé or Rosato? Is there a difference?

In this story we discover that flavor is more than color-deep by learning about pink wines from Italy: Rosato. This will not be a post about Provençal rosé. It won’t. I promise. This is a post about Italian Rosato wine. It’s pink too. Seriously, it is. Let me finish. It’s pink and it’s Rosato and it’s from…

Traveling Through Oregon Wine Country

It’s no secret that the west coast of North America is a wine, nature and travel mecca, but there are many estates and visits to be discovered. Today’s post features a guest experience from Julian Parks, founder and author of BC Wine Trends. BC Wine Trends That’s BC as in “British Columbia”. When Julian shared his…

Love Wine Travel? Vote in the USA Today #10Best in Wine Travel

I was recently chosen by USA Today to participate on an expert panel to build these incredible slates. These lists represent some of the best in wine country travel. Here is your chance to vote for your favorites in the following categories: Best Tasting Room Best Wine Country Hotel Best Wine Festival Best Winery Restaurant Best…