I get that there are certain minerals in the dirt or whatever, I told him, and the wind in the air, and so on—but what’s really going on at a biological level, I asked? Take the climate, specifically, and the cycle between day and night—what impact does that have on a grape and eventually on a wine?Read More
Argentina is rightly famous for producing several high quality items for export: beef, soccer players, dance moves, and, increasingly, wine. But when it comes to the land of asado, Messi, Tango and Malbec, there’s no substitute for a visit to the source. Fortunately for wine lovers, there’s a new way to get to Mendoza, the hub of the region whence comes almost two-thirds of the wine made in Argentina, and this high-altitude province of sunshine and epic vistas at the foothills of the Andes mountains is begging to be explored.Read More
“I used to board a mule for grandma Niven,” John informed me during our kayak excursion.
For me, the comment epitomized the central California coast. The folksy familiarity. The small town connections between locals. The no-nonsense straightforwardness of rural life encapsulated in a task as prosaic—and yet, to a city-slicker like me, still charmingly exotic—as boarding a mule.Read More
Miller is a som and wine consultant who sometimes works with the discount grocery chain Aldi to develop their shockingly affordable wines. Hoping to get a better understanding of how wine pairing really works, I picked out a few Aldi snacks and asked Miller to select wine pairings for them, and explain why.Read More
I was introduced to Jura scotch whisky years ago by a very dear friend. We’ve lost touch these days, but I always think of her when a bottle of Jura comes out; it’s easily her favorite scotch, and probably her favorite spirit. Though I never thought much about it at the time, over the course of our friendship just by having it around a lot Jura became one of my favorites too. When I got my hands on a bottle of Jura 10 the transformation was complete—at least right now, this is hands down my favorite scotch whisky.Read More