Monday, April 27, 2015
   

Traveling and Tasting Wine – Wunderbar

Traveling and Tasting Wine – Wunderbar

As many of you know, I have had the pleasure of serving on the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Board for the last nearly eight years. My term comes to an end in June. With that in mind, I took the opportunity to attend my last World Championships for two weeks in February and March. The competition, which is the off-year Olympics, was held in Winterberg, Germany.

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

Wine – A Healthy Habit?

Wine – A Healthy Habit?

What's to be believed? There is a lot of information out there regarding the health benefits of wine. You can find statistics to support almost any platform on which you wish to stand, but what is the real truth of the matter?

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

Let’s Drink Some Illinois Wines!

Let’s Drink Some Illinois Wines!

Spring not only officially kicks off in March and April at Galena Cellars Winery and Vineyard but most importantly it also means the release of their 2014 Harvest Wines and their participation – rightfully so - in Galena’s annual Wine Lovers’ Weekend.

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By Barbara Sue Schubert

A Noble Wine – Cabernet Sauvignon

A Noble Wine – Cabernet Sauvignon

Noble grapes are a term used to describe an international variety of grapes that are most recognizable for the top quality wine they produce. In my June 2014 article, I started with four and worked my way up to the possibility of 18 noble grapes. Throughout this coming year I plan to concentrate on seven that are generally regarded as noble varieties. Three white wines include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling, and four red wine varieties which include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah.

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

Out with the Old – In with the New!

Out with the Old – In with the New!

Welcome to 2015. Before we launch into the next twelve months, let's take a quick review of the last year. Did you drink any wines that were particularly memorable? I certainly hope so. Were you able to accomplish any of the Wine Resolutions I proposed in last January's column? Are you keeping a wine notebook? (I'm using the Vivino app on my iPhone.) Did you try at least one new wine a month or did you venture to sample wines from countries not normally known for wine? (I had a Malamatina from Greece and a Tannat from Uruguay.) How about wine from different states? I discovered two from Colorado that were quite nice. I didn't do as well with keeping an inventory, but I hope to work on that over the holidays.

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

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