Q: What is Carbonic Maceration?A: Well, it’s a chemical process, so stay with me. Carbonic Maceration is the process of fermenting grapes in an anaerobic environment rather than an aerobic one, meaning the fermentation Continue reading Q&A: What is Carbonic Maceration
Sherry is making a huge comeback in the wine world, both as a base in cocktails and as an amazing pairing for savory foods. Although typically considered a wine best enjoyed with desserts and dogged as a sweet sipper for great aunts and English vicars alike, sherry is so much more! The wine comes in a myriad of styles, from bone dry to seductively sweet. The tricky part about this unique wine is to understand the label so that you choose a style you’ll love instead of one you’ll toss out.Continue reading Somme Things I Think About: Which Sherry is right for you?
It’s Bastille Day! La Fête nationale, The National Celebration, The French Revolution!I can’t help but think of Champagne on a day like this, and what better way to celebrate than pop a bottle of bubbles and yell “Vive La France!”Here are my top 5 Champagnes that could have been used to celebrate the revolution! Continue reading Top 5 Champagnes for Bastille Day!
Whether you call them “porch pounders” or “summer sippers,” these refreshing wines evoke everything you love about the season — brilliant sunsets, long hot days and backyard barbecues. They are the quintessential easy drinkers and they make everything a little brighter and more fun.Here are some of my favorites: Continue reading Somme Things I Think About: What do I want to drink on a summer day?
Kia Ora! (Maori greeting literally meaning “be well,” but more commonly used to mean “Hi”)On a wine trip to New Zealand earlier this year, I fell in love. No, I didn’t meet Mr. Right, but I did fall for the wine region of my dreams! New Zealand is most famous in the US for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and while it fully deserves that fame, there’s so much more to love across both islands. Continue reading New Zealand – The Land of Diversity and Innovation