When many people think of Rhône Valley wines, velvety reds made from Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault come to mind. That’s not surprising since most of the wines produced in the Rhône Valley are red. However, the region’s whites are truly shining stars among realm of heavenly reds. White wines comprise only seven percent of the Rhône... Read More
Many food lovers visit Naples in Italy’s Campania region to try the world-famous pizza. You even see people at the airport eating their first slices from large pizza boxes after you leave the arrival area! We came to taste the wines of Mount Vesuvius and to visit Pompeii, which on August 24, 79 AD was... Read More
Malbec, a plump, dark-red varietal, often blended with Cabernet, has come out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
This easy recipe was adapted from Cynthia Stevens Graubart’s cookbook, “Sunday Suppers: Simple Fresh Menus for Sunday Gatherings.” Graubart is an award-winning cookbook author based in Atlanta. We included chopped celery for more crunch and color (chopped raw red peppers would work also). A little tequila provided some kick. Add chunks or strips of grilled... Read More
Fizzy, refreshing and lower in alcohol – that describes the perfect wine for a casual summer picnic. It also describes pét-nat, short for pétillant-naturel.
A meaty fish like salmon or tuna pairs nicely with a sparkling rosé. The wine’s deeper fruit notes and acidity complement the fattiness of the fish. This meal-in-a-salad is perfect for lunch or a light supper. The recipe is featured in Janet Fletcher’s gorgeous new cookbook, Wine Country Table: With Recipes that Celebrate California’s Sustainable... Read More
I have a tradition of opening a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne for my New Year’s birthday each year. The elegant bottle delivers a burst of fine bubbles and wild strawberries and orange zest on the nose and palate that add a sensuous bling to the celebration. But one doesn’t need a special occasion... Read More
Many restaurants have added low-alcohol and- no alcohol drinks to their bar menus, incorporating healthier ingredients. ROOH, an urban Indian restaurant and bar in San Francisco, takes it a step further with its Ayurvedic cocktail menu. “Taste, or Rasa, has a special significance in Ayurveda, as it is not only a potent instrument that governs how... Read More
A recent trip to Italy reminded me of the pleasures of sipping an apéritif before dinner. A drinking tradition in Europe, an apéritif is a light, dry, low alcohol beverage served before a meal. It’s never too sweet or heavy since its intention is to stimulate the appetite without impacting one’s taste buds for enjoying... Read More