Is This the Year of the Riesling Renaissance?

By Katie Kelly Bell Poor Riesling, it’s like that sweet puppy in the pound that everyone agrees is cute but no one ever adopts. Riesling has the affection of sommeliers and winemakers to be sure, but that love has a hard time crossing…
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Sangria

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Red Wine Sangria by Columbia Restaurant Simple syrup (see below) 1 orange 1 lime 1 375 ml bottle of Sangre de Toro wine (or any other red Rioja wine) 1 oz Torres 5 Brandy (or substitute any Spanish Brandy) Splash of lemon-lime…

Wine Dogs: A Book Review

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On a recent trip to Napa wine country, I came across this new wine publication with a unique twist, which is from a dog’s eye view of the vineyard. Everyone knows that California is home to some of America’s most celebrated wine estates.…

Alexander Valley’s Crown Jewels

I had my first taste of an Alexander Valley AVA wine several decades ago, in the ‘80s, while managing a restaurant. I remember it as if it were last week. It was a Rodney Strong Vineyards’ Alexander’s Crown Cabernet Sauvignon.…

Interview with Maeve Pesquera

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Maeve is the national director of wine at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Each year, Maeve selects top-rated wines from around the world as well as from exclusive, limited-allocation boutique wines offered to her, for her coveted…

Women of an Influential Nature

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By all accounts, female winemakers make up approximately 10 percent of the vintners in the U.S., with many more involved in the viticulture, sales and marketing and the educational side of winery life. Distributors and brand suppliers are made…

Take 5: Interview with Elizabeth Vianna

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“Being a winemaker is a blend of art and science. It is mainly science, but the artistic dimension is so fun — it’s instinct, using your palate much in the way that you use your imagination.”  — Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna Elizabeth…

Take 5

“Being a winemaker is a blend of art and science. It is mainly science, but the artistic dimension is so fun — it’s instinct, using your palate much in the way that you use your imagination.” — Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna Elizabeth…

Making the Rounds

A week long visit in October to the glorious Napa Valley, California’s famous wine-growing region during Fall Harvest, or “Crush” as it’s commonly referred to, was an exhilarating time for me, as it is for everyone in the wine world.…