The calendar says April and spring but the thermometer says it’s summer already. It’s time for some refreshing, light wines. A new one has just arrived from Germany’s Mosel Valley.
The Joy Riesling Semidry comes from the Mosel where the best vineyard sites are on the steep slopes where the sun exposure and water drainage are at maximum. The river winds around rock outcrops and gouges the Hunsrück plateau leaving steep slopes on the outsides of the curves and flatter promontories on the insides. The inside promontories are a mixture of sand and pebbles of river silt deposited over eons. Vineyards planted there give pleasant but rarely distinguished wines. The soil on the steep slopes is a variety of slate ranging from black to red and blue. The soil is the big difference. It’s all about terroir. Wines from these slopes are characterized by bright acidity and loads of mineral, the Sancerres of Germany.
The Big Game is coming up. This Sunday, in fact. The Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos, and regardless of which team you're rooting for, you need the drinks to fuel the party. Here are three suggestions for every palate.
With the holidays at hand, it’s a safe bet there’ll be a flock of delicious fowl featured proudly on American dinner tables throughout the season, beginning with our imminent turkey fête, but also assuredly migrating throughout the season to other succulent birds be it chicken, game hen, pheasant, capon or quail, etc. The wines that shall accompany our feathered friends during these festive meals will mostly be a matter of personal preference, taste and budget. And while I contend that there’s hardly a wrong wine to serve for Thanksgiving, there are a few choices that offer a measure of food-friendly flexibility.