Wednesday, January 28, 2015
   

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

Wine Suggestions for the Holiday Season

Wine Suggestions for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and you will likely host and attend parties and gatherings. As these events approach, you will find yourself faced with a decision about what wine to buy for such occasions. A nice bottle of wine can be a conversation starter as it brings people together. However, what wines do you serve when you want it to go well with a variety of foods. You want the wines you serve to impress at a price that will break your budget. (If you will be giving wine as a gift, check out my "Gifting Wine” column, December 2013, as the entire column speaks to gifting wine.) 

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

A Time for Thanksgiving

A Time for Thanksgiving

You can do all the research you want, but no one really knows what the Pilgrims drank with their first Thanksgiving meal. There are theories out there that it may have been beer, a few suggest wine, but when you assemble the facts, the strong bet would be on apple cider, likely hard apple cider. That was the year 1621 and we have many more choices available to us today as we plan our own celebrations of thanks.

Taste, Wine & Spirits | By John B. Donovan

French-Inspired Nouveau Wine Tradition Celebrates Thirtieth Year in Galena

French-Inspired Nouveau Wine Tradition Celebrates Thirtieth Year in Galena

Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!” Simply translated, “Wine lovers: get ready, get set, go!” The third Thursday of November marks the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau and the opportunity to be among the first to sample the new, shortly fermented wine, previewing the current year’s fall harvest.

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