Thursday, August 16, 2012

Exploring Wine

Sauvignon blanc grapes on the vine in Napa Valley

Over the past year I've had so much fun learning from and drinking for the Exploring Wine series. It's been a great excuse to teach myself something I've always been curious about and the series has seemed to piqued your interest as well. One reader told me she uses this series to help choose a bottle at the grocery store! I love hearing that.

Throughout the series we've drank reds from around the world - a Bordeaux, MerlotMalbec, and another Malbec, and Malbec from Argentina, Granacha, Sangeovese, Montepulciano D'Abruzzo, and a little boxed wine. For whites we tasted a Bordeaux Blancwhite table wine from Chesapeake Bay, Txakoli, Viognier, Chardonnay, GrĂ¼ner Veltliner, Riesling, Verdejo, and had a good experience with Rose and a bad one. We encountered a bad bottle, compared vintages, and even learned how to travel with wine.

Now, I want to expand the series even further. In addition to the regular reviews, once a month I'll talk about a different wine growing region around the world. So next time we're at a restaurant or browsing a wine shop, we'll feel more comfortable about ordering something we know we'll like. We'll also look at how to taste wine, how to serve it, how to order it, and get some tips from the experts. I hope you're as excited as I am to dive in a little deeper!

1 comment:

  1. i am jumping on the wagon here! what a great idea... i will definetelly follow on. I do get out to eat out quite alot, here in San Francisco, and love wine (reds), but can't seem to ever remember anything about it!

    well, the last dinner at Perbacco my bf brought wine - 2007 (Syrah? Zin? ugh, I can't remember!) I know it was from Coturri (a small Sonoma winery) - delicious!


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