Wine events can be as loud as a college party or cozy as an intimate gathering of friends but no matter the style, knowing basic event etiquette ahead of time will enhance the pleasure, entertainment, and education of all who attend. Here's what you need to know before raising your glass.
No matter how apt, wine remarks can become clichéd. The challenge -- for writers aiming for a wide range of readers -- seems to lie in crafting crisp descriptions not laden with insider jargon. Wine writing need not be esoteric.
Similar to a bag of Doritos, "slut wines" have some variety, striking packaging to contemplate, moderate satisfaction, and an obscure next-day lack of fulfillment. There's a place for a simple, sugary red, but there's room for so much more.
And we wonder why women aren't advancing in the boardrooms. Rather than seeing examples of what they can become -- a scientist, a vineyard owner, a chef -- girls and young women are watching examples of females as teen moms, housewives or socialites (Kardashians).
'Tis the season to slip on a sweater, tour wine country and taste just-released reds and whites. To help guide the oenological pursuits of others, I polled a few of my fellow travel junkies on where to find the best hotels and resorts in wine country.
In my last piece I called blended wines the ice cream sundae of all of my favorite grapes. Blends are some of the most complex and interesting types of wine. I've changed from avoiding blends to seeking out the best types.
It seems just about everyone I meet has a variety of opinions about wine. I never know what to believe. Should I stick to Paul Giamatti's advice and not drink Merlot? Are blended wines just a mix of what's left over? There are a lot of myths.
A region that has long made high-quality, ageworthy wines that, with a few decades on them, are very reminiscent of fine old Barolos and Bordeaux is Rioja -- Spain's illustrious red wine-producing region.
Nothing says relaxation to me more than a glass of good wine in a romantic setting with a night or two at a bed and breakfast. Stay in one of these rejuvenating New York inns, and visit vineyards on the East End of Long Island to experience a great grape getaway.