Today, the third Thursday of November, marks the 60 year French tradition of unveiling the first wine of the harvest season, Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais is located in the region of Burgundy, France, where winemaking traces back to the Roman times. There are 2,500 Beaujolais growers in the region. By law, Beaujolais grapes must be harvested [...]
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As they say in France on the third Thursday of November each year, Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé, the Beaujolais [pronounced BOE-zjoh-lay] Nouveau has arrived! This 60 year tradition celebrating the first wine vintage of the year to celebrate the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau, a red wine made in less than 10 weeks from the Gamay [...]
At midnight tonight, the third Thursday of November, France celebrates their annual tradition...the uncorking of the new Beaujolais Nouveau wine and the beginning of "Beaujolais Nouveau Day." Beaujolais Nouveau (pronunciation) is a red wine made from the Gamay grapes, first planted by the Romans in the Beaujolais Province south of the Burgundy region/north of Lyon. [...]
I'm always a big fan of sparkling wine, special occasion or none. And the holidays are the perfect time to bring out ANY bubbles. Last week, I attended an "I Brake for Bubbly" tasting at The Curious Grape, a local wine bar and shop, for a great tour through the sparkling wine world....Austria -> Chile [...]
There are no shortage of wine recommendations out there for what to serve with your Thanksgiving feast. Rather than sharing a lengthy list (I stick by my list from last year), I thought I'd share what I'm serving (or bringing to friends, as is our tradition) this year. Sparkling & Rosé This is a great [...]
As part of Friday's festivities at the 5th Annual Wine Bloggers Conference in Portland, Oregon, we had to board unmarked buses that would take us into Oregon's Willamette Valley wine country. Our destination: Willamette Valley Vineyards and an incredible visit filled with Oregon's specialty, the Pinot grape. Willamette Valley Vineyards was named 2011 Winery of [...]
After antique shopping in Frederick, Maryland this weekend and a stop in Frederick Cellars, we ended up the sunny day turned rainy at The Wine Kitchen. Open since October, this is the second location for Mike Mercer and Jason Miller who own the three-year-old restaurant / wine bar by the same name in Leesburg. The [...]
Planet Wine, one of my neighborhood wine shops in Alexandria, Virginia, started Wednesday evening wine tastings, in addition to their usual Saturdays. I noticed on Twitter,Â Siema Wines, a local importer/distributor I like, was going to be featured on Wednesday so I stopped by for what turned out to be a tasting of fun and different [...]
It's that time of year. Thanksgiving dinner shopping and choosing wines to serve with it. There's lots of advice out there this week on-line so thought I'd share my pairing guidance. Whether you chose red or white wine, I recommend serving both, the general advice is pair simple wines (lighter and less complex) with complex [...]
With 2010 just behind us, I thought I'd share some of the experts' tops in wine for the year. Wine.com's 2010 best seller wasÂ Cabernet Sauvignon, "showing that we are still drawn to the big, bold grape variety and the range of wine itÂ produces." Their biggest growth varietal of 2010, at 200%, was Gamay, the bright [...]