2024-05-24 7:05 PM

Memorial Day 2024 Issue!

Anatomy of an In-Home Wine Tasting

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Often the ability to discern quality wines is a natural gift, as we saw in the case of food for Remy in the Disney cartoon, “Ratatouille.”

Cape Grapes

The novelty’s over. A serious look at South African wine lands yields adventure and beauty for wine lovers.

Wine Taste Tests

TAMPA – Wine Spectator ratings, Robert Parker accolades, menu or wine shop descriptions, and, most important of all, a price tag. These are tools the wine enthusiast uses to set expectations about a wine.

Wine Half Bottles

The hunt is always on for the trophy Sonoma red from Chateau St. Jean. Called Cinq Cepages, French for five grapes, it is a perennial candidate for wine of the year. It's difficult to find, even at $80 a bottle, and that's considered good value compared to top French prices.

Dowd on Drinks: Unusual Newcomers In N.Y.

One of my favorite wines from the Hudson Valley in upstate New York is a Seyval Blanc produced by Clinton Vineyards in Dutchess County, just north of New York City.

Wine Half Bottles

The hunt is always on for the trophy Sonoma red from Chateau St. Jean. Called Cinq Cepages, French for five grapes, it is a perennial candidate for wine of the year.