Charles Neal, a San Francisco-based writer and wine importer, spent almost a decade researching and writing Armagnac: The Definitive Guide to France's Premier Brandy. He's now done it again with Calvados: The Spirit of Normandy, an all-encompassing volume that is the result of another 10-year period of travel, research and writing about the brandy based on the apples and pears of northern France.
In the wake of the tragedy that was Hurricane Katrina, devastating large parts of New Orleans, the odd became almost commonplace. Watching houses and cars caught up in the flood was horrifying, but in a city famed for food and drink, the sight of barrels floating down Frenchman Street, in the city's Ninth Ward, brought a catch to the throat of many a long-time "y'at."
There's a rather feisty attitude among many wine drinkers, buyers, sellers and writers who inhabit "the other 47." With panel topics like, "We Don't Need No Stinkin' Vinifera," wine fans who don't live in California, Washington or Oregon gathered in St. Louis recently for the third annual Drink Local Wine celebration.
One of the great things about opening a bottle of not-so-good wine is that there's always the opportunity to open another bottle.
In preparation for Open That Bottle Night (live, only on Palate Press; Saturday, February 26 from 7 pm - 10 pm EST), contributing editor Joe Pollack shares some thoughts on the bottle he plans to open for the event.
The best-kept secret in the American wine industry celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. The secret? The fact that the first place to receive an American Viticultural Area designation is the small town of Augusta, Missouri.
A vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon still has traces of tannin, but that's phasing out as raspberry takes over the flavor profile. Dark red color, touches of black cherry and a hint of leather in the aroma. Six Napa Valley appellations provide grapes, with Cab (82%) and Merlot (12%) heading the blend from an elegant little winery, surrounded by one of the last extant stands of Napa redwood.