Try an unoaked chardonnay this summer. Photo by Robert S. Donovan.

The sweltering summertime heat beckons foods that are cooling, refreshing and uplifting. Think heirloom tomato gazpacho, citrusy ceviche, and cold, crisp watermelon. When it comes to choosing the right wines for summer, follow the same guidelines and reach for wines that are perky, vibrant and invigorating—they’ll raise your spirits and quench your thirst.

Read on to discover three categories of white wine that will keep you cool and happy all summer long. (more…)

Posted by on August 8th, 2011

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It is an innately human tendency to gravitate toward the familiar in the hopes of finding comfort and consistency. This tendency applies to all types of behavior, including the wines we choose to drink. Guess what? Comfort and consistency can get—how do I put this mildly?–stale. Wine should be about adventure and discovery and should transport you, albeit virtually, to a romantic, idyllic place where vineyards extend for miles and all that’s important in life is the pleasure of the moment. So if you’re ready to get out of your white wine rut and try something new, you’re in the right place! (more…)

Posted by on June 7th, 2011

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People tend to stash expensive bottles of Bordeaux in their cellars to age but would never think to do the same with a $13 bottle of New Zealand sauvignon blanc. Ever wonder why?

The answer lies in this very basic formula that makes certain wines cellar-worthy or suitable for long-term aging: Tannins + Acid + Fruit.

The Rule of Three

When brought together in perfect balance, these three core elements will equip a wine with everything it needs to evolve beautifully over time, maintaining its structure, its freshness, its overall integrity in the bottle, and bringing about that je ne sais quoi that you can only really get from aged wines.

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Posted by on February 2nd, 2011

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