White Wine 101: It’s all in the grapes

“I don’t like Chardonnay. They’re too oaky.” “Cabs are too dry.” “Merlots are…eww, merlot.” Everyone has an opinion on the wine they like and usually an even stronger opinion of the wines they don’t. That’s good. That’s great, in fact. But bear something in mind next time you hate on a particular grape: Don’t blame … [ Read more]

Natural Whine: Gaining a fresh perspective on “no-manipulation” vino

I hate #naturalwine. Okay, not quite, but parts of it, anyway. It’s a trend (both hashtag and wine) that has exploded in the last few years as consumers, led by millennials, become more concerned about what’s in their glass. They want “authenticity,” whatever that means, and they’re willing to pay for it. But like any … [ Read more]

How to explore the world of wine without going broke

  For a long while, being educated about wine made you fancy or, so it seemed, automatically a snob. Knowing about liquor meant you were a drunk. Knowing about sake made you exotic but somehow not in a good way. Knowing about beer, though, went from being blue-collar to kinda cool to being practically mandatory … [ Read more]

Get the tasting menu and listen to the whole song

When someone asks me about the point of a chef’s tasting menu, and why it’s worth ordering, it takes me a while to get beyond “don’t you want to see what they can do when they’re turned loose?” I realize not everyone thinks that way, or that they might blink at a three-hour dinner. So … [ Read more]