I am glad to see that the United States is not the only country with weird rules pertaining to wine. It turns out that until now China has not been able to import Sauternes: With much talk about the Chinese market for Bordeaux, one important segment has until now not been officially permitted in China: Sauternes and Barsac. The renowned Bordeaux sweet wines – and other dessert wines – contain
The bloggers over at Enjoy Bordeaux posted a link to this recipe for Red Wine Chocolate Cupcakes: 1 cup all-purpose flour (4.5 oz) 6 tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder 3/8 teaspoons baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 oz unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar 1 large egg 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons red wineThat sounds amazing, I think I
If you are looking for something to do this Sunday (Sept 19th) you might want to check out Vintage Crystal in Crystal City. From their press release: While enjoying more than 30 different wines hailing from Spain and South America, visitors to the festival can taste complimentary dishes from local favorites including Cabot Creamery, Café Pizzaiolo, CC Bistro, Domaso, Hamburger Hamlet, Jaleo
' It is not often that I get to sit next to a wine legend, but that is exactly what happened on Saturday as I got to sit to the right of Lew Parker, winemaker at Willowcroft Winery and Virginia winemaking legend, at the Tuskies meet the winemaker luncheon. The luncheon was part of a series of "Meet the Winemaker" luncheons that Tuskies has been hosting this year, and it was a lot of fun.
While Virginia wine has exploded over the last few years our neighbor to the north has been sorely neglected. There are some excellent wineries in Maryland, but the state has not gotten the attention that Virginia has. On the other hand, the advantage Maryland wineries have is that they can experiment: As a start-up vineyard adventure on our Southern Maryland farm, the idea of becoming a
I write a lot about Virginia and Bordeaux on this blog, but there are other wine regions in the world. One of the most well-known is Champagne, and they started their harvest yesterday: “Due to a frost that we had earlier in 2010, the development of the grapes was slightly delayed this year,” remarked Champagne Bureau Director Sonia Smith. “Harvests are two to four days behind last year, except
Wine Spectator has another report on sales of Bordeaux 2009 futures: Leading Bordeaux négociants tell Wine Spectator that sales to the U.S. were down compared to past big vintages like 2005. Sales to European markets, especially London, and Asian markets, such as Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong, easily made up for the difference. Mainland China, a young market for futures, also showed
Back in August we held the 2nd Annual 10 Wines for $10 to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis. The event was a big success and we raised $941. Jacki's Determined Soles is holding one more fundraising event next Tuesday (Sept 14) at the Dogfish Head Ale House in Fairfax. You can go there any time from 11:30-11:00 on Tuesday and 15% of all proceeds will go to fight Multiple Sclerosis.
For obvious reasons people from Bordeaux are obsessed with weather. Knowing what to expect from a vintage based on the temperature and rainfall is important for planning. The weather also lets winemakers predict what a vintage will be like. For those of you who are obsessed with tracking the weather Chateau Palmer has made it easier with this cool weather application. Not only does it give
Normally, I try to avoid advocating for one particular Virginia wine supporter but in this case I am going to make an exception. The Washington Post is running their annual Express Night Out Best of 2010 Poll and Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro is nominated in several categories. I think everyone should vote for them. Vinifera, and Jason in particular, does a lot to promote Virginia wine and the
There is no shortage of fun things to do this weekend with Virginia Wine and September is a great month for drinking wine: Great Grapes is returning to Reston Town Center for its Fall run. A lot of great wine, great food and a special treat: Breaux Vineyards is going to have a booth! If your tastes run more toward Polo you can check out the Wine Festival at the Plains. More than 275 different
Steve Heimoff takes a look at the dip in Australian market for Chardonnay and wonders if the same thing isn't happening in the United States: My anecdotal experience is that there is greater interest, among the media and foodies in California, for white wines other than Chardonnay. We’ve all heard of an anti-Chardonnay movement among sommeliers and restaurateurs seeking leaner, drier, higher acid
Jane Anson and Panos Kakaviatos write in Decanter about the lack of rain in Bordeaux: If Bordeaux does not have rain by 10 September, top consultant Jacques Boissenot may advise clients to pick at less than full phenolic maturity – causing a risk of greenness in the wines. The lack of rain is bad for all varietals, but it is particularly harmful to young vines and Merlot: ‘We had rain in the
I wrote about the Hunter's Run Rose about a month ago, but now both the Hunters Run Rose and Hunters Run Red have been officially released and are available in the Hunters Run Wine Barn: The Hunters Run Red is a blend of 70% Estate Grown Cabernet Franc, 25% Malbec and 5% Tannat. The wine was aged for 6 months in oak and made by Lori at Corcoran Vineyards with heavy input fro Geri. Despite its