For many U.S. wine making regions, September marks a more “official” beginning of the grape harvest. It’s true that in Southern states and in parts of the West Coast, harvest may begin earlier: in August or even during a portion of July. I suppose I “unofficially” declare September as the start of harvest because that […]
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Summer Nostalgia in August
Nostalgia. The dictionary defines ‘nostalgia’ as “sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.” It recently occurred to me that I grow nostalgic for the summer in the month of August. It’s the month I realize the summer has flown by too fast, once again. It’s the month I […]
A Wine Tied to the 4th of July Holiday
Surprisingly, the signing of the Declaration of Independence is linked to a wine that was used to toast the event. The Oxford Companion of Wine, edited by British wine critic, Jancis Robinson, states that this wine is “probably the world’s most resilient and longest living wine.” But what is it? If the wine is still available […]
The Pilot Sip & Swirl
Hello my wine sipping adventurers! Welcome to the Sip & Swirl: my monthly series that talks about one of my favorite subjects: the sharing of wine among friends. Selecting the wine. Getting excited about opening the wine. Potentially serving the wine for friends. Opening the wine. And then… the first sip. Ahhh! There’s nothing like […]