Indiana winemakers believe validation and credibility come with the federal government’s designation of the Indiana Uplands in southeast Indiana as an American Viticulture Area (AVA).
There’s no better way to stir up a heated argument with serious wine lovers than introduce natural wine, organic wine, or sulfites into the discussion.
Wine geeks need to get their nose out of the glass. When their eyes shift above the rim of the Riedel they just might notice the great people behind the counters, managing the wineries, not to mention the great areas where our favorite wines are made. Sometimes we don't tell the story and other times, I believe, we tell the wrong story. But often, a picture tells a great story.
States other than California, Washington, and Oregon have often struggled for identity, recognition, and acceptance for their oft-maligned winemaking efforts. Midwestern wineries have struggled in some states and flourished in others.
California hardly conjures up an image of a wine region struggling with an identity crisis. But there are areas of the Golden State that have never fully defined a winemaking niche.
In preparation for Open That Bottle Night (live, only on Palate Press; Saturday, February 26 from 7 pm - 10 pm EST), contributing editor Howard Hewitt shares some information on the bottle he plans to open for the event.
The dominant grape in Valpolicella, Corvina becomes a better-than-average table wine from Sartori di Verona. The winery, located in northeastern Italy, gives this wine an ample dose of oak at 12-24 months but the tannins and finish remain smooth. There is a lovely hint of cherry on the palate which evolves to sour cherry on the finish. It is a medium-bodied wine that comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Pair with simple pasta dishes, pizza, or mild stews.