I Love Organic Wine - A Sylvaner From Alsace, France
We have already reviewed several wines, both white and red, from Alsace, the famous wine-growing region of eastern France. This wine is organic, or perhaps more precisely, this wine comes from vineyards that are on the way to organic certification. Fans of organic products know that certification is a lengthy, arduous process that serves to protect the consumer. If you are a real hardliner you won't drink wines that are not fully certified as organic. But other fans of organic wine will consider non-certified wines from producers who have made a true commitment to organic wine, as is the case of the wine reviewed below.
Alsace is located in eastern France and borders Germany. Although its wine-producing area is quite small, in fact the second smallest of France's eleven wine regions, it is quite well known for distinctive wines. The overwhelming majority of Alsatian wine is white. The Sylvaner grape tends not to be highly regarded but perhaps in the right winemaker's hands...
A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Viognier (White) From Chile
Very recently we reviewed a Chilean red wine made from a Bordeaux blend. Here we review a Chilean Viognier white wine. For a relatively small country, Chile has many wine regions that are developing their own personality. The wine reviewed below comes from the Colchagua Valley situated about 80 miles (some 130 kilometers) southwest of the capital Santiago. This lovely valley with its Mediterranean climate calls itself the next Napa. In 2005 Wine Enthusiast awarded it the Best Wine Region in the world for producing world-class red wines. However, this is a white wine.
A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Red Blend Of Portuguese Port Grapes
The wine reviewed below comes from the Duoro Valley region of Northern Portugal, a region known for Port and both red and white wine. It comes from four local grapes, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (called Tempranillo in Spain), and Tinta Barroca. These are all Port grapes, in fact Touriga Nacional is considered to be the best grape for Port. Well, what about turning them into red wine? This is actually a 2002, which was purchased quite recently, and believe me, our wine stores don't carry much of this "old" wine. In spite of the wine tasting I finished the bottle in about the same time as usual, but for a change left the third meal for last and found that I almost "lost" the wine. Moral of the story, don't let your bottle "hang around" too long.
Kosher Wine Pairings For The Distinguished Palate
As a Chef or a wine lover, the very first thing you begin to learn about kosher wines - is how to pair them against certain foods. As with regular Italian or French wines, each kosher wine is going to have its own distinct flavors, elements and tannins. The actual tannins in these kosher wines along with the type of grapes used as well as the barrels they are stored in all compliment the kosher wines into a whirlwind of their own flavors. Some of the best brands of Kosher wines are Manischewitz wine, Kedem wine and Alfasi - all of these come in an array of reds and whites as well as sweets and dry's. Here, listed below, are a few of the fundamental attributes in each brand of wine mentioned above, along with what foods they are best paired with!
A Wine Lover's Weekly Guide To $10 Wines - A Beringer White Zinfandel
This article reviews a rose wine carrying a white name but coming from a red grape. Zinfandel is perhaps America's only indigenous European-style grape variety. It makes fruity, powerful red wines. But it also is the source of White Zinfandel, an very popular rose wine that accounts for about 10% of the wine volume sold in the United States. On its own, White Zinfandel is the third most popular American "varietal" wine. The Zinfandel grape is vinified into this curiously named rose six times as often as into the traditional red.