Food is an important part of the wine experience. While it is certainly nice to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) by itself, most of the time wine is paired with food. In those cases it is important to get the pairing right. Wine and food pairing is part science and part art. There are chemical reactions that occur in the mouth that make certain wines taste better (or worse) with different
Boxwood has been on a roll this year. First they received great reviews in Wine Spectator and now their 2007 Topiary received a 17 (out of 20) from Decanter. 2007 was an exceptional year for Virginia wines and the Boxwood Topiary is one of the best examples of the vintage. Congratulations to Rachel, Stephane and the crew at Boxwood on a well deserved rating.
The Wall Street Journal has an article contrasting Chateau Margaux with Chateau Palmer: In the Margaux appellation, only one wine, Château Palmer, has ever challenged the preeminence of Château Margaux. Although ranked as a third growth, Palmer has in some vintages surpassed Château Margaux and, in every vintage, provided a fascinating comparison with its eminent rival. I've been fortunate enough
For the second year in a row The Virginia Wine Club is partnering with Jacki's Determined Soles to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis (MS). From the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society website: Multiple sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. Symptoms may be
September is Bordeaux Wine Month, at least in Vegas. During the month of September you can book a two night stay in either the Venetian or the Palazo and be treated to a Bordeaux get away. Details of the package are on the Enjoy Bordeaux blog, but it looks like a lot of fun!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -- that is the mantra for anyone who cares about the environment. Most people will tell you that, in terms of impact on the environment, it is better to follow that order. A lot of people recycle their wine bottles, but what if you didn't have to recycle? What if the bottles could be reused? A new company in American Canyon hopes to get people to send them their empty
I was out at Loudoun Valley Vineyards today (more on that soon) and Cameron mentioned that their Pinot Noir is in the process of being harvested. I can't recall an earlier harvest any time in the recent past, but this coincides with what I have been hearing from other wineries. This is not too surprising, this summer in Virginia has been HOT: This hasn't been the hottest summer on record for
Bordeaux, as a whole, as been slow to adapt to social media. While some individual Chateaux have embraced Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools, most have not seen the benefits or are only vaguely aware of their existence. This appears ready to change. Announced along with the "Bordeaux Tomorrow" plan, the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux (CIVB) has appointed Benjamin
This past Saturday, the Virginia Wine Club was treated to a wonderful tasting of wines from J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines (Twitter). The event was held at Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro (Twitter and featured Jerry Humphreys, a co-owner and the Mid-Atlantic regional manager as well as Ashleigh Sabold the DC Metro area manager. We sampled 5 single-vineyard wines that evening: 2009 Carol's
An odd quirk of mine when I enter into a new building is to search for security cameras. I like knowing when I am going to be on television (or security room monitors). I've seen some tasting rooms with discreet security cameras, but even those are rare. So I was surprised to see, in addition to other oddities in Temecula, every winery I went to had very obviously placed security cameras,
Chateau Palmer posted a great picture of the veraison occurring in the vineyard (veraison is the start of ripening -- when the grapes change color, the amount of acid decreases while the sugar increases). Veraison is a great time to get a mid-harvest update from the Chateaux, to get a feel for how the weather has been and how things are going. Keep in mind that the next 8-10 weeks are
I've been to dozens of wine festivals over the years, but never actually worked at one. So, when the opportunity to volunteer at the Breaux Vineyards Key West Festival came up I jumped at the opportunity. I arrived at the winery about an hour before the festival was scheduled to start. I was handed my volunteer accessories (name tag and lei) and then we conducted a tasting, this gave the
After Robert Parker posted his updated reviews of the Bordeaux 2000 vintage I started craving the 2000 Chateau Brane-Cantenac. I searched around and found a Magnum of that vintage at Vinfolio. I normally don't by from Vinfolio because they don't ship to Virginia (even though Steve Case is their main investor) and I can't use my FedEX account with them like I can with JJ Buckley. But this
Jane Anson has an article in Decanter about some sweeping changes coming to the basic Bordeaux market: The plan is to increase overall production by 12% while reducing the current 1.1m hectolitre production of 'basic Bordeaux' - considered to be wine sold for less than €2 in France. Grants and other subsidies will be used to either pull up vines, or help winemakers retire from the business. In