What Barolo’s do you recommend drinking that aren’t outrageously expensive?
3357I think the Produttori del Barbaresco presents excellent value for Nebbiolo based wine from Piedmont. It is certainly one of the finest wine cooperatives in the world. I would also suggest looking for good producers of Lange Nebbiolo. This is often wine from Barolo (or Barbaresco) that for one reason ..
What is Carménère Wine? What Does Carménère Wine Taste Like? What Are Good Carménère Food Pairings?
2216Carménère is a medium bodied savory red wine originating from France, but now predominantly produced in Chile. The name for the grape was derived from the French word for crimson “carmin” referring to the bright crimson autumn leaves of the vines prior to leaf fall. It was originally planted in the Medoc ..
What is the Petit Verdot Grape? What are Petit Verdot’s Tasting Notes?
3368Petit Verdot is a high quality red grape variety that originated in Bordeaux in Southwest France. It is well suited to gravely soil such as those found in Bordeaux. It derived its name from “vert,” or green in the sense of unripe. It was traditionally a constituent minor part of Bordeaux blends but increasingly ..
What are the best Cabernet Sauvignon food pairings? In terms of regional wine styles, does this affect the food pairing?
3092First, when pairing wines and food, I always suggest eating and drinking what you like, but many people like some help in discovering what can create those amazing food matches. Consider the intensity of your wine or food and go from there. Cabernet Sauvignon is a big wine with intense flavor, full body ..
What is Malolactic Fermentation?
2536Malolactic fermentation is a winemaking process by which certain bacteria convert sharp malic (apple) acid, found naturally in wine, to less sour lactic (milk) acid. Since malic acid remaining in red wines can make their tannins taste harsher, this softening is desired for almost all red wines. It also ..
What is the difference between Left Bank and Right Bank Bordeaux, both geographically and in terms of wine styles?
5116When discussing Bordeaux, one of the first distinctions one may come across is the differentiation between right and left bank. The Gironde estuary cuts the region in two with Médoc and Graves on the left bank and St-Émilion and Pomerol on the right. The left bank is distinctive because of its gravel, ..
What Does Californian Merlot Taste Like?
1349Californian Merlot provides notes stewed red fruits of raspberry, fig and darker notes such as plum. Oak usage exudes the baking spice aromas which finish like holiday fruit cake at times. Merlot in higher elevations tend to provide greener aromatics like sage, but are consistent with lower levels of acidity ..
What Does Malbec Wine Taste Like?
2233What does Malbec taste like? Malbec is a lush, ripe wine with dark concentrated flavors. It contains beautiful black fruit flavors and aromatics of spice and some floral notes at times. There are different degrees of complexity in Malbec depending upon the winemaker and the region it is made in. What’s ..
Could You Give a Background on Red Burgundy Wines?
1552The Burgundy region is a very complicated subject. With its ancient and extremely complex soils and limestone cliffs, varied pockets of meso- and microclimates, and notable vintage variation, the terrain and climate themselves lend to some of this complexity. Add in the small parcels owned by most producers ..
Where in Italy is Barolo Wine Produced?
2266Barolo wines are produced within the DOCG boundaries of the Barolo region — within Piedmont in the northwest of Italy, sheltered by the Alps. The closest cities are Turin and Milan, and just nearby is Asti where the frothy, grapey muscat wines are made. Barolo is as serious as Asti is frivolous, ..