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Loudon & Friends: The Wain-Wrights Of Passage

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.21.2016 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

It's a family that needs almost no introduction. But here it is anyway. It started with Loudon -- a musical legend -- and continued on to Sloan, Rufus, Martha, Lucy, Lexi, Suzzi...and, well, you almost need a genealogy chart, or at least a timeline, to map it out.

Chianti Classico: Characterful Wines at Value Prices

Richard Jennings | Posted 04.01.2016 | Taste
Richard Jennings

This post highlights characterful wines from a fabled part of the world long known for its natural beauty, fabulous food and great wines. I'm talking about Tuscany, in the heart of Central Italy.

How To Pronounce Riesling, Sangiovese And 20 Other Tricky Wine Names

Foodbeast | Posted 11.15.2014 | Taste

If you walk into BevMo and have trouble pronouncing 90 percent of the wine in there, you're definitely not alone. Even if you listen to an insane amo...

The Moon And Stars Watch Over The Wines Of Avignonesi

John Mariani | Posted 08.05.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

The sun, moon and stars shine over the vineyards of Avignonesi as they do everywhere else in Tuscany.

Tuscany's Carmignano Wine Gets Its Due From Capezzana

John Mariani | Posted 02.10.2014 | Taste
John Mariani

Forgive the pun, but in Tuscany there is more ferment going on than anywhere else in Italy right now.

Argentina's Wineries Go Italian

Daniel Altman | Posted 10.30.2013 | Taste
Daniel Altman

What happens when Argentine winemakers adopt traditional Mediterranean grapes?

Concentration & Complexity: Four Historic California Vineyards

Richard Jennings | Posted 10.15.2013 | Taste
Richard Jennings

I find being in and around vineyards uniquely soothing and nurturing. Maybe it's because they are usually part of a pastoral landscape. I may be triggered too by knowing they are devoted to producing a special product -- one that brings pleasure and conviviality.

Chianti: Vast Region Makes Vast Improvements

Richard Jennings | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
Richard Jennings

We've seen quality improvement in wine over the past few decades, resulting in more and better access to better wines, from virtually all regions. A vast, region-wide example of conscious planning to make better wines is "Chianti 2000."

Sangiovese: Italy's Most Ubiquitous Grape

Richard Jennings | Posted 05.14.2012 | San Francisco
Richard Jennings

In years where full ripening is possible, Sangiovese grapes tend to have red and black cherry aromas, with dried cherry, dried berry, spice and savory notes coming through on the palate.

Salute! Raise a Glass to Italian Wines

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

Many people think of Italian wine as Chianti Classico, but truth is, there are about 1,500 grape varieties in Italy--more than any other wine growing area in the world.

Who Wants Wine?

Ari Bendersky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Ari Bendersky

This wine is super versatile and pairs well with a lot of food. We went out on a limb and had it with Cantonese from and it surprisingly worked with the moo shu chicken and fat egg rolls.