November 3rd-Merlot

Merlot (Murr-low) is a red grape originating from the Bordeaux region of France. It is the predominant grape in wines from the Right Bank portion of the area and a supporting grape in the blends from the Left Bank (Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant grape in these wines. Right Bank vs Left Bank is explainedContinue reading “November 3rd-Merlot”

October 27th-Semillon

Sémillon is a white grape, which again is a grape that originates from France, specifically the Bordeaux region. It is commonly mixed with Sauvignon Blanc in the making of a dessert wine called Sauternes (I will discuss this wine in December). Sémillon is commonly used as a blending grape but when it is made intoContinue reading “October 27th-Semillon”

October 13th-Lambrusco

Lambrusco is a fruity red wine of varying degrees of sparkling and sugar content. It originates in the food-centric Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, in the northern portion of the country. This area is known for such culinary marvels as Prosciutto di Parma, Parmigiano Reggiano, Balsamic vinegar from Modena, Mortadella Bologna, and any pasta made withContinue reading “October 13th-Lambrusco”

October 6th-Cotes du Rhone Blanc

This week, I decided to really kick off fall with a heavier style of white wine, Cotes du Rhône Blanc. It is fuller bodied and also tends to be on the hotter side (meaning a higher alcohol content) than most white wines. These wines originate from the northern portion of the Rhône Valley. This areaContinue reading “October 6th-Cotes du Rhone Blanc”

September 29th-Garganega (Soave)

Garganega is a wine grape used to produce one of the most popular styles of white wine exported from Italy, Soave (Swah-vay). It originates in the Veneto region of northern Italy. Garganega can also be blended with Chardonnay and Trebbiano di Soave (and Pinot bianco in DOCG wines), but by law, it must be aContinue reading “September 29th-Garganega (Soave)”

September 22nd-Alsatian Riesling

I selected Riesling from the Alsace region in France because it’s expression is unique compared to those from other regions and countries. As you may recall, back in July, we explored the world of German Rieslings, which vary widely in level of sweetness. Alsace is known for its pronounced minerality imparted on the wine fromContinue reading “September 22nd-Alsatian Riesling”