Making a Meal with Wine from South Africa

Remhoogte adheres to this certification in the production of their estate Chenin Blanc, from 33-year-old vines (the oldest on the estate). It’s all harvested by hand and I find it interesting that only “exposed bunches on the morning sun side” are harvested for this wine, prized for the golden color they acquire from solar contact.

La Collina Biodynamic Bubbles — Lambrusco!

On a recent trip to Nashville to cover the city’s wine scene for USA Today (you can read about it here) I had poured over lists and menus before making reservations. A couple of things really stood out to me, one of them being the cool by the glass list at Rolf and Daughters in…

A Name To Know: Gérard Bertrand

Languedoc wine star Gérard Bertrand has significant reach a stone’s throw from major hotspots in Herault and Aude: Carcassonne, Narbonne and Montpellier.

‘Peace, Bread, Land and Wine’: A Meal With Brooks Winery

Do wine writers really want to be winemakers? Well, when it comes to Brooks Winery that’s probably true. It could be said that well-respected Brooks is a proxy for all that’s right in Oregon wine, the Willamette Valley in particular, Eola-Amity Hills, in super-particular.

Island Wines Of Italy: How Many Do You Know (#ItalianFWT)

This month I’m hosting a wine writer’s event centered on the Island Wines of Italy. In researching for the event I’ve learned that there are more than 450 Italian islands. 350 of them are in the sea, either as an element of an archipelago or a singleton. There are 100 lake and lagoon islands, of which Venice comprises 32 of them.

All The Foods I’ve Loved Before: Pairing Uruguayan Tannat

Tannat and Parilla––meat cooked over an open fire––is very much a thing. But, it turns out Tannat from Uruguay is packed with freshness. To a wine, Uruguayan Tannat is not harsh––based on my recent tasting of around 120 wines from Uruguay, a large portion of them Tannat.

Straight From Uruguay: Wine, Food and #WinePW Stories

It’s a 9+hour flight from Miami to Uruguay’s capital city, Montevideo. It’s worth it if you love wine, excellent food, natural beauty and enriching conversation. Sure you do, right? But if a ticket to Uruguay isn’t in your airline reservation app just yet, join the Wine Pairing Weekend group as we report back. Featuring wines…