Vinho Verde: Your New Sauvignon Blanc

Last year, Dan and I traveled back to the Shire to visit my parents and bask in the Kiwi sun. Unfortunately, we decided to go in the middle of New Zealand winter, keeping us off the beaches and bundled up with Milo and boil-up. As a consolation prize, my family made our first trip to…

50 States Project: North Carolina

I’ve had a rough couple of weeks, the economy’s had a rough couple of weeks, Ted Cruz had a rough couple of weeks… 2016 hasn’t got off to a great start for everyone. However, just like Steven Avery’s interactions with the criminal justice system, we always know there are downs before some serious ups (and…

50 States Project: Oregon

OREGON Chances are if you are a Pinot fan (and not just a “Peeno Noir” fan) you have tasted the wonders of Oregon. Ten years ago, your parents might have been talking about how much they love bold, deep colored Pinots from California and every winemaker in Oregon probably winced in pain. Pinot Noir, the…

Grey Skies and Gamay

  Look, I have no qualms about throwing on the gay scarf and pulling my socks over my pants to keep my ankles warm. I live for winter. Warm weather albarinos and rosés are wonderful things, but nothing touches the sensory joys of drinking a cold weather wine when the temperature is equal with my…

50 States Project: New Mexico

In tackling the tasting of America, it seems right to start with a state which’s wine production is relatively unknown in the East Coast, but which is making a heck of a lot of wine. Good wine. What makes New Mexico even more appealing as a developing wine region is that these wines are cheap: the…