Drinks

I’m sure we’ve all read descriptions of wines and thought to ourselves, “What are they talking about?!” Some descriptive words for wines, like “linear,” “brawny,” “fleshy,” “meaty,” and “fat” leave me perplexed.

Sales for sparkling wines soar during the holidays. Most of us pop a cork to ring in the New Year. And with good reason—celebrations and sparkling wines pair perfectly. But it’s time to think beyond the holidays: Sparkling wine goes very well with many occasions and many foods.

The most common reaction I get when asking friends about Riesling is: “Riesling is too sweet!” Sure, Riesling wines can be sweet, but quite often they’re far from it. Dry Rieslings are some of the most popular food-friendly wines available.

Suggesting there’s anything hidden about Spanish wine is a bit odd. Spain is a large country with more acres of vines planted than anywhere in the world, and the list of great wines is a mile long. That said, Spain often plays third fiddle behind France and Italy.

In no way are the wines of southern Italy new. As a matter of fact, they are some of the world’s oldest, going back centuries to the Roman Empire. However, they are experiencing a resurgence here in the U.S. that offers consumers new and exciting choices.

This month, Cravings Wine Bar & Grille features this cocktail and other new ones for the
New Year.

Alsace, France, is one of the most idyllic wine regions in the world. Some of the world’s best white wines are produced in Alsace. After learning more about the area and the fine wines the region produces, you’ll always have Alsace on your shopping list.

Looking for a fun fall brew? Check out these satisfying options, available at Jerry’s Wine & Spirits.

You would be hard pressed to find someone more passionate about coffee than Viviana Gurdian. A fifth-generation coffee producer, she traces everything back to her great-great-grandmother, who managed her family’s Costa Rican coffee plantation, Hacienda Miramonte.

Looking for a new bottle of wine to try? Matt Rivard of MGM Wine and Spirits recommends these choices.

Hopler Gruner Veltliner (Austria)
2015-$15

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