Back in the 19th century Naples had the distinction of being compared only with Paris for its grandeur by Goethe, Dumas, Flaubert, and the Marquis de Sade, even if Mark Twain--grumpy to be quarantined for ten days in its harbor--found that grandeur jumbled together with the most dire poverty.
Sometimes--often, actually--it's better not to think too much about the wine you are drinking and just enjoy it for what it is. Special in small ways, refreshing, surprising, appealing because you don't have to think about it. And in summer that's the philosophy I generally follow when it's 95 degrees outside and I haven't the energy to be highly critical. Here are some wines I'm enjoying right now.
Champagne. It's the drink of the Gods, the elixir of good times, the gold standard of luxury. No celebration is complete without a toast with the bubbly. But what do you really know about the stuff? Take this test to determine if you really know your bubbly.
I meet with the friendly, smiling radiation doc. It's hard to see her as a doctor--she looks like a P.E. teacher. With her pixie cut and glowing skin, she talks about beams of radiation, percentages of tissue damage versus effectiveness of the treatment and decreases in the likelihood of cancer recurrence.
I have a bad habit of letting open wine sit in my fridge or on my counter without being able to throw it away -- you never know when you might need it for cooking or sipping!
As we sauntered up Main Street under the guise of the majestic Wasatch Mountains, the early evening June sun blazed under bluebird skies. Music filled...
All three of these documentary films display the many difficulties to be found in growing grapes and making wine, no matter what kind. But for me, these Portuguese vines, many of them so old, yet still so remarkably fine, present the most challenging difficulties of them all... simply because of where they are.
How many miles would you travel to live the dream of running a winery? Anne (née Bousquet) and Labid Al Ameri met twenty years ago while studying in ...
You and your boo are in the throes of planning your wedding (and your lives together), and compiling a gift registry shouldn't add to the pain and chaos. To help avoid any wedding-zilla moments, we've pulled together these alternative registries and gift ideas for all your kitchen needs, from meal kits galore to a curated supply of craft beers.
You're seated at an ivory table in an Ikea-furnished room. A mustached man in a tailcoat enters, and gently sets 2 unmarked bottles of wine down on the table along with a crystal tasting glass. He informs you in his thick German accent that one bottle is $5, and the other $50, and politely challenges you to taste them to identify the more expensive of the two.
Romans favor the same restaurants and dishes they always have, and everyone will have an opinion as to which restaurant serves the best pasta, the freshest seafood or the most flavorful lamb. Still, new restaurants do open that help diversify the city's dining scene. Here's a some of my favorites.
If you believed all the lyrical lingo on wine labels, you'd think that owning vineyards and making wine is some kind of idyllic life of dreamers and the gods who love them.
Sprawling across the broad terrace floor of the Rome Cavalieri Hotel, La Pergola is easily one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, purposely lighted that way and configured so that simply walking through it puts you in mind of all the sweeping American-in-Rome movies of the 1950s--"Three Coins in the Fountain," "A Light in the Piazza," "Roman Adventure," and "Roman Holiday."
The East Side townhouse that is home to Bill's dates back to 1924 as a speakeasy, when food was not on most patrons' minds. After Prohibition...
I asked about fishing, then about living in their enchanting region of Bordeaux in southwest France. They described lives barely touched by time. Lives that follow the slow seasonal rhythm of the vineyards with the same ancestral predictability as the river current is regulated by the tides of the distant Atlantic Ocean.
The ancient Greeks had four distinct words to express the nuances of 'love'. 'Eros' characterized love driven by lust and sexual passion, for exampl...
Because I am a sommelier, I naturally pair life situations with wine. In no way does my pairing wine with my breast cancer journey mean that you shoul...