Did you know that the Kir Royale was named for a French resistance fighter? Or that the South American classic, the Pisco Sour, was invented by a bartender from Utah (!) who was working in Peru? These and ot...
Wine Grapes, the huge new encyclopedic work by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and José Vouillamoz covering 1,368 varieties of grapes used to make wine around the world, is at once full of surprises and unsurprising.
It’s a tough question to answer and it is a question that pierces straight through into our subconscious where answers are elusive. Yet, you should have an answer to the question.
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 case you were wondering whether to get the manga hit The Drops of God with your holiday gift certificates, the answer is yes.
As Napoleon is reputed to have said, “Champagne: in roaring economies you deserve it, in recession you need it.”
The debate in wine geek circles surrounding the concept of “natural wine” seems to be unending. From the uselessness of the term “natural” to hyperbolic accusations on both sides (chemical agriculture and slaves of Monsanto vs. hippies and producers of flawed wines), the arguments for and against “natural wine” have almost become trite.