Easy Wine and Food Pairing

Pairing wine with food can be a challenging task.  I don’t know about you, but most of the time I feel intimidated by the process.  Anyone can do the white wine/white meat, red wine/red meat thing, but beyond that it can be tricky. Because wine is a natural product, it can vary from vintage to…

US Wine Label Laws–Fact #2

As mentioned in previous posts, an AVA (American Viticultural Area) is a geographic designation for grape growing regions in the United States.  Areas typically have unique topographic and climatic conditions which can have an effect upon terroir.  These AVAs often have specific reputations, thereby, creating a desire upon the part of many winemakers to identify their…

A Grape By Any Other Name—Syrah? Shiraz?

Yep…..I know a few of you have pondered this red wine conundrum (anyone catch the pun-comment if you did).   When the Australian invasion began you started hearing about this unknown varietal, but let's put it to rest right now…Shiraz and Syrah are viticulturally the same species of black grape.  Only true difference:  Australians like to call the…

Weekend Tip: Why it’s good to understand terroir?

I'm sure you've seen that word, you may even understand that word….and certainly some don't necessarily believe  the reality of it's existence, but in general, there is, worldwide agreement that terroir contributes to the flavor profile of wine. Terroir is the term that describes the concept that an  interrelationship exists between site soil, water, topography and climate (micro,…