Trousseau, Bastardo, Gros Cabernet. These are just a few of the names Merenzao answers to. Originally from the Jura region … Continue reading Merenzao: A Grape with Many Names
How did a grape that was once the favorite of King Charles III, exported as the first “vin clairet” to … Continue reading Pineau d’Aunis: The Comeback Grape
Tannat was born in 1783 in the southwest region of Madiran, France. Here, it was firm and powerful, with skins … Continue reading Tannat: The Crown Jewel of Uruguay.
This catchy phrase describes the wine region of Santa Barbara County. More specifically, to its seven AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas) … Continue reading West of France, Just North of LA
One of the things that most interests me as a sommelier is the wide variety of grapes grown. It fascinates … Continue reading Grignolino: Springtime Pasta’s Perfect Pair
Alicante Bouschet was originally a French grape designed by viticulturist, Henri Bouschet, when he cross bred the grapes Petit Bouschet … Continue reading Alicante Bouschet: Planting Roots in the New World
If you’re like me, when you think of Arizona, visions of massive red rock structures jut up into a hot, … Continue reading Arizona… wine?
When you think of wine making countries, which come to mind? France, Italy, the US, Australia. One rarely shouts, “Switzerland!” … Continue reading Chasselas: Switzerland’s White Wine
When one thinks of the Italian Riviera, images of Portofino or Cinqueterre come to mind full of colorful little buildings … Continue reading Rossese: The Italian Riviera’s Red Star
There’s a new dirty word emerging in the world of wine. Quaffable. Meaning simple and easy to drink. I’ve noticed … Continue reading Aligote: Burgundy’s Other White Grape