In a world where getting a wine recommendation is one “hey Google” away, choosing the next best sip seems simple. However, wine publications and the ratings they give still serve as a steadfast, reliable assurance that the red, white, rosé or bubbly you are about to buy has the quality you expect. And while I always advocate for consumers to taste and judge a wine for themselves, sometimes having a rating and corresponding tasting note to reference comes in handy when making your final decision.
Drop your horoscopes and Mayan calendars. We are predicting all things wine for 2019, and we’re not just talking canned wine.
New Year’s resolutions date back centuries as a renaissance of oneself in the upcoming year. Each late December we write up a list of semi-realistic goals and achievements we hope to reach, but inevitably tangle with or ignore for the next 365 days.
The science of pairing wine with food has been studied for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and the general consensus is that they work wonderfully together. What is not an exact science, however, is what traditional holiday meals are served from one family to another. Each could potentially have a different varietal of wine that suits the staple of the meal. To help with this dilemma I have comprised a list of common festive feasts and near perfect wines to pair with them.
‘Twas the night before guests arrived, when all through the house, not a creature was silent, not even the spouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney in a hurry, in hope that they could pull it together with haste, not fury.
The holiday season is upon us and that means Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa too. The upcoming Hanukkah festival of lights, which begins Dec. 2 this year, is typically not a drinking holiday. I write that as a Jewish level-2, certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and a senior wine and spirits specialist at the new ABC Fine Wine and Spirits in North Miami Beach. Hanukkah is traditionally more for eating latkes with applesauce or sour cream and dreidel spinning for prizes. Nevertheless, this is one of a several times each year when more people ask me about kosher wine recommendations for exchanging gifts.
Repeat after us, bo-jah-lay noo-vo. If you’re new to the wine world, you’re in for a treat. If you’ve been sipping Beaujolais Nouveau for years, hang tight for this year’s picks.
Want to know the secret of pairing wine with your Thanksgiving turkey dinner? The real secret that some people don’t want you to know?
There is more to life than pumpkin spice, believe it or not (but we’re not haters, honest! Check out our homage to the PSL here). Since we’re about a month into fall, it’s time to consider richer flavors, with warming spices, creamy textures and decadent nuances. That doesn’t mean clear spirits like vodka and moonshine are off the table – it just means you’ll need to infuse them with a little autumn.