The polarizing years of California wine are over. No longer can its styles be summed up in a descriptive phrase or two, like plush, concentrated cabernet sauvignon; lush, jammy pinot noir; buttery oak-bomb chardonnay; or extravagantly ripe, blockbuster zinfandel. Those dominant styles gave the impression of a monochromatic wine culture, in which more was good
Northern Italian wines perfect for pairing with the elemental foods of Piedmont. Fresh, bubbly, and bursting with peach flavors, G.D. Vajra Moscato d’Asti 2013 ($17) is a natural with the peach desserts. Read more
For wine drinkers reared on the myriad red grapes that are common all over the world, a wine made of nebbiolo is a departure. It may flash a ready comparison to others: the combination of delicacy and intensity found in the best pinot noirs, the tannic potency of cabernet sauvignon, the taut acidity of barbera.
Carved in stone above the doorway at Château de Savigny, and elsewhere in the little French town of Savigny-lès-Beaune, is the motto “Les vins de Savigny sont nourrissants, théologiques et morbifuges.” Nourishing seems like a comparatively safe and mundane claim, but I’m not sure what it means for a wine to be theological. As for