Here's a call to arms: Let's call it "freshness." You know what I mean: that quality of wine that makes it food-friendly. That keeps it from sitting on your tongue like pudding, tiring your mouth. That refre...
Vinegar is an ancient cooking ingredient, but nowadays it is most often underrated and misunderstood. There are people who consider vinegar simply a 'wine gone bad,’ some who use it only as a seasoning for vegetables, and even some who hate its acidity. However, it is an asset that can give a touch of personality and originality to many dishes.
Early Mountain Vineyards, one of Virginia's newest wineries, opened in late June with a mission: elevate and support the Virginia wine industry. Owners Jean and Steve Case, former America Online (AOL) executives and founders of The Case Foundation, believe that Virginia has the potential to compete with some of the best wine regions in the world. With their innovative thinking and philanthropic background, they plan to help Virginia, now home to 210 wineries, get there.
Without a doubt, one of the most recognizable styles of wine in the world is Champagne. Regardless of your level of wine knowledge, or even if you despise the beverage with all of your being, you know Champagne.
In a most delicious twist of serendipitous weather, we are producing here in California what I’m calling “adult” wines. That is, because of a confluence of maturation in the marketplace and three consecutive cool growing seasons we’re seeing wines that are more balanced, more elegant, and wines that have—I dare say it—less alcohol.
Heaven, it turns out, is exactly how I had always hoped it would be; a small restaurant with tables looking out over a vineyard, a glass of fine Pinot Noir at hand and duck. Slow roasted, melt off the bone, duck confit to be precise.