Retro commercials about Folgers to the contrary, there's no real connection between mountain growing and coffee quality. But how about wine?
Not all wines from Italian grapes are made in Italy. Recently, Neil Duarte visited Flat Creek Estate - a winery in Texas which uses Italian varieties to produce wines that he rates as superb.
This one's for the wine "geeks" who make a hobby of learning the minutiae of wine, mostly; but just about anyone who's looking for good wine value might want to pay attention.
Wine provides enormous pleasure, and we often don't realize how complex it can be. Richard Fadeley looks at four distinct elements of wine enjoyment that might help you appreciate it.
Perhaps because it somehow became endowed as "The Red Chardonnay," the industry has poured out rivers of bad Merlot. .. But does it have to be so?
Wine brings pleasure not only to the senses but to the intellect as well. ... Wine boasts a cultural, historical and even religious heritage that few other beverages can match. Wine is a drink that makes us think.
The organic winery Centanni received the Medaglia di Cangrande at VinItaly this year as the best winery in Le Marche, Italy. Here is Neil Duarte's report.
The idea of vintage may be one of the small things that discourage people from getting into good wine. Let's face it: The idea of wine snobs sniffily declaring, "1948 was a very good year" is enough to put people off their feed.
Beaujolais is the go-to wine for holiday feasts; plus, the nouveau Beaujolais has just been released! Richard Fadeley's tasting panel reviews a handful of these Gamay wines.
The late, great British wine writer Harry Waugh famously declared that "it is a wine's duty to be red," an axiom that many wine enthusiasts avidly embrace. But here's a white that easily meets those criteria too.
I was saddened to read of the death at 82 of Frank J. Prial, who served as wine critic of The New York Times starting in 1972, at the birth of modern wine journalism.
If there's one indispensible reference for the wine lover, it's Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book. Updated annually, this handy guide packs an incredible amount of information into a pocket-size volume.
Just east of the coastal city of Pedaso in the region of Le Marche, the De Ruscio family has been growing grapes and making wines in hills overlooking the Adriatic. Neil Duarte visited their organic vineyards and winery.
Pinot Gris, a result of a genetic mutation from Pinot Noir, remains a tough sell â but producers in Oregon's Willamette Valley are doing a lot to change that. Taylor takes a look at some of the better ones.