The Ascent of Elegance

Sometimes a word begins to creep ever more insistently into the wine zeitgeist. It’s happening now. The word is elegance. I’ve written before about elegance in wine, but the topic continues to intrigue me—perhaps because… Continue reading

What is Elegance in Wine?

I often hear people say a wine is elegant; and I describe certain wines that way too. But what is elegance in wine? If you look up elegance in the dictionary, the synonyms are grace, style,… Continue reading

The New Four-Letter Word: Ripe

The wine industry’s new four letter word is ripe. Listen to any vintner or winemaker talk about their style of wine, and no matter what that style actually is, the resulting wine is said to… Continue reading

Beyond Seduction

Wine has often been the beverage of seduction, no surprise there. But the other day, I read a fascinating study which that suggests that a person’s behavior when drunk is similar to that of a person… Continue reading

On the Madness of Wine and Language

Wine’s closest companion for the last 8,000 years has been food. The two are so close that they are often thought of as inseparable. In Italy for example, when someone drinks too much, they don’t say,… Continue reading

What Green Means

Anyone who has tasted a group of sauvignon blancs has probably written the word green 15 times on their tasting sheet. (I certainly have). But it’s clearly ridiculous to use the single word green to… Continue reading