Hammer Time? No. Rosé Time.

  For years, I thought that rosé wines were kids’ stuff – sweet, with no body or character.  This probably came from memories of drinking Mateus Rosé in my early 20s—that famously cheap, commercial wine in the familiar flask-shaped green bottle, invented to appeal to everyone. Too sweet to pair with food and lacking sufficient acidity to refresh, Mateus is fizzy but it’s not really a sparkling wine. I also remember drinking Lancers, Rosé d’Anjou, and under full disclosure I’ll even admit to having tasted white Zin from time to time. Hey, my Aunt Mary liked it and brought it to the house.   The result of those youthful indiscretions was that for a long time I though all pink wines were sugary, nasty stuff and almost never tried…

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Wine Not Take A Class?

Not long ago I took a 3-day Intermediate Certificate wine class at The International Wine Center in New York. Although I was possibly the most experienced student in the class, I still learned a lot - not so much wine "facts," but really just having the opportunity to focus on wine without distractions, and getting new and different points of view. And the three days of tasting really was a great refresher for me, not having been in a formal class for awhile. The class was organized by geography, with an hour lecture/presentation followed by an hour of tasting wines from that region. We covered the US, Spain, France, and Italy among others. For beginners as well as experienced wine…

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Rose-Eh?

With weather in the high 80s here in NJ and the entire northwest US, it's time to think about crisp, refreshing wines meant to be served cold, out on your deck or patio with some grilled food. In other words, it's time to think about Rose. Now, if you stay away from Rose wines because of White Zinfandel - a light, semi-sweet wine that you can imagine only little old ladies sipping at Sunday brunch - you aren't doing yourself any favors. Most are dry, even bone dry, and while they can be fruity many are also crisp, refreshing and a great complement to a variety of food including grilled meats. And in fact there are some outstanding dry Zinfandel…

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