The region of Navarra in northern Spain is home to two cultural events whose reputations have risen beyond popular to mythical, each year attracting the rompish and pious in droves.
We’re not talking about spring break-drinking here or the kind of drinking one might have done while on tour with an arena rock band in the ’70s. We’re talking about thoughtful drinking, more about tasting than getting your buzz on.
Every year about this time I write a column of mini-reviews of wine and spirits books as suggestions for holiday giving. I’ve come across some good ones this year. So let’s get right to it.
There are classic pairings, and there are unconventional pairings that somehow work, but no matter where your dinner or wine-drinking evening is going, white wine is almost always a great place to start.
Merlot was doing just fine for decades until science and the silver screen weighed in — but dismissing a grape based on its reputation is lazy.
Could you tell a $40 wine from a $10 one in a blind tasting? This is the challenge I threw out to readers in a recent wine column.
Foodies take to the trails in the latest fitness trend. Hiking groups Great Hikes Plus One adds a social element to an old school activity with picnic lunches.
Rhone varietals rule in Santa Barbara County. Ballard Canyon is Rhone central. The Santa Maria Valley is a rising chardonnay mecca. The vibe is hip and the energy electric.
By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times Only hours after the shaking stopped from the biggest quake to hit Napa Valley in 25 years, the phones at Mike Noel’s Napa, Calif., travel agency began to ring. Anxious clients wondered whether the magnitude 6.0 shaker would derail their visit. “I’ve been telling them that it’s business as […]
By Robin Erb, Detroit Free Press A glass of wine a day could help prevent kidney disease, a new study concludes. For those who already have kidney disease, wine might protect their hearts. According to a University of Colorado-Denver researcher, people who drank up to one glass of wine a day had a 37 percent […]