Who Doesn’t Love to be Seized…?

A Review of Drinking with the Valkyries by Andrew Jefford

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I read recently about a dangerous animal quest. Two friends, a writer and a biologist, spend several grueling months trekking into the Himalayas to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most elusive animals:… Continue reading

Unleashed and Unhinged

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One of the first life-changing wines I drank in my 20s was a Guigal Côte-Rôtie “Brune et Blonde.” I was in a New York steakhouse and the sommelier I was with just stood there awaiting… Continue reading

DO OLD VINES MATTER?

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I once found myself staring at a grenache vineyard in the southern Rhône Valley, along with a young California winemaker and a famous French winemaker. The latter was showing us the old vineyard that had… Continue reading

Truly Hard to Swallow

Asbestos in Wine?

Drawing by Nina Rosas-Asbestos in Wine

Guest Blog by Nina Rosas Note from Karen: Our friend Nina Rosas, a lover of wine who has worked in the industry for over 20 years, spent hours researching this alarming piece on the historic… Continue reading

THE HISTORY OF SAUVIGNON BLANC

Plus, the Musqué Muddle

Sauvignon blanc is one of the few grape varieties that makes delicious wines all over the world. (Most varieties are confined to just a small handful of places). But where did it come from? Who… Continue reading

WHY DO WE LOVE ROSÉ?

Over the last couple of years, the increase in rosé sales has been so astronomical that wineries you’d never imagine making a rosé are making one. (Harlan and Screaming Eagle are still holding out). The… Continue reading

THE LAST TRUE THINGS

My Commencement Speech at the CIA

Yesterday, I had the honor of giving the commencement speech at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone for the students in the Accelerated Culinary Arts Program and Wine and Beverage Graduate Certificate Program. The… Continue reading

ALL ABOUT SHERRY

SPAIN'S GREATEST WINE

As Champagne is in France or Port is in Portugal, Sherry is Spain’s most complex and labor-intensive wine.  It was also once Spain’s (maybe the world’s) most tragically forgotten wine. But in the last few… Continue reading