There are a growing number of Black winemakers and labels, but it can take some effort to track them down and then find them in wine stores. Fortunately most of them will ship directly from their websites or wineries. Below are a few you should know with links to the winery sites. I don’t benefit at all from any purchases made through these links. I also tasted a couple wines to get you started.
It’s February 18th, which means it’s Drink Wine Day! To celebrate I’m thinking of warmer days and tasting some rosé. Today we have Bieler Père & Fils Sabine Aix-en-Provence Rosé 2019 and Natura Rosé 2020.
When you think of rosé, what do you imagine? If you’re picturing a bottle of White Zinfandel or something sickeningly sweet with a dark pink color, please keep reading! There is so much more to rosé, and I’ve converted many rosé haters. Your summer wine game is about to level up.
Today we’re talking acidic white wine with chenin blanc packing a tart punch. The grape originated in the Loire Valley of France, where it’s known as Vouvray, however the largest grower & producer of chenin blanc is South Africa, where it’s the #1 planted grape and known as Steen there.
For those nights you just want to feel fancy or classic, a French 75 is the perfect cocktail. It’s chic and will make any night a little more special. As with any wine cocktail recipe, you want to buy wine you would drink on its own, but on the cheaper end since you’re mixing it. The simple syrup and lemon juice add sweetness to the drink, so I’d recommend a dry sparkling wine, like a Brut or Brut Nature. The base is sparkling wine and gin, but there are so many versions to try! Here’s a basic recipe to get you started.
You have a group of your best pals together and you’ve made a plan—you’re heading to a winery! You’ve got your safe ride, a mood-setting playlist, and you make your grand entrance. Now what should you expect and do once you make it to the bar?
Tasting Thursday this week features gamay. Gamay is the grape behind Beaujolais (boh-zhuh-lay), and for those of you who are new here, it’s my favorite everyday wine. It’s a smooth, light, and delicious red wine, and you can find a great bottle for under $30 and a solid bottle for $10-$15. Sign me up! She’s versatile. She’s food-friendly. She could also be described as a patio guzzler, but we don’t know anything about that…
Do you think all riesling is sweet? Surprise! It doesn’t have to be. In fact, a lot of riesling is dry and is a favorite among wine experts for its impressive aromas and how well it pairs with food, especially spicy cuisine like Thai.
Last week we talked about corks vs. screwcaps, and I mentioned that a downside to corks is that 1-3% of corks will develop cork taint. What does that mean though? First, let me assure you that although that stat about corks is true, that doesn’t mean that 1-3% of wine you buy will be ruined.Continue reading “What is corked wine and how do you spot it?”
Are you ready to try different wines but don’t know where to start? I’m breaking down exactly what to buy based on what you’re already drinking, starting with cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, grenache, pinot grigio, and prosecco.