The style of French wine echoes that of the French themselves—elegant, well-dressed, showing an appreciation for the good things in life, yet never to excessive.
Insisting on a good glass is not snobbery; it’s common sense.
Learn the varietal characteristics of red wine grapes.
Learn the varietal characteristics of white wine grapes.
Throughout Europe, wines are classified by vineyard, village and/or region where they are made. This appellation system is based on precisely defined wine regions, some as small as a single vineyard.
Italian tradition is so closely grafted to the vine that the good cheer and easy attitudes associated with wine culture are mirrored in the nation’s temperament.
German wine labels can be intimidating: long, foreign words and ornate script are enough to make many consumers head straight for a different section of the wine shop.
Adding wine to your favorite recipe can impart wonderful flavor, but too much or the wrong style can put the kibbosh on a potentially delicious dinner.
Learning to taste wine is no different than learning to really appreciate music or art—the pleasure you receive is proportionate to the effort you make.
Wine and cheese are two of life’s great culinary pleasures, and finding the perfect match can be a delicious endeavor.
Each season offers some opportunity, great or small, for the worlds of food and wine to have a graceful pas de deux.
Learn to evaluate wine by sight, smell and taste.