February 23, 2013 |
Ha! I was just starting to write a post about Mira Winery in Napa Valley experimenting with aging wine in the ocean - yes, it's true! - when a video showing just what they're up to popped in my in-box. According to the winery, divers have placed four cases of the 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon in specially designed cages in Charleston Harbor. Why? Mira Winery president Jim "Bear" Dyke Jr. has Charleston, S.C., roots. "The South is beginning to really distinguish itself as a food and wine destination," he says on the two-minute YouTube video . Okay, but why put wines in the ocean?
February 20, 2013 |
A California winery is conducting an aquatic experiment: Napa Valley-based Mira Winery is aging 48 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Atlantic Ocean. The winery said bottles of wine recovered from shipwrecks have a remarkable and unique flavor. Thus, the winemaker believes aging the 2009 Cabernet in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor will affect the red wine's taste. “The ocean has similar ideal elements that impact aging - temperature, pressure, humidity, pressure motion, light - or lack thereof - and oxygen,” said Gustavo Gonzalez, a Mira Winery winemaker, in a statement.
January 15, 2013 |
After a nearly 40-year absence from restaurant wine lists, California's Inglenook label is poised for a comeback and plans to proclaim it at a wine-and-food pairing in Las Vegas . The Jan. 26 event, the first of Bellagio 's 2013 Epicurean Epicenter series , will be hosted by the celebrity team of Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten , whose worldwide holdings include steakhouses at Bellagio and Aria, and Hollywood director Francis Ford...
December 29, 2012 |
Christian Moueix and his winemaking team knock it out of the park with this moderately priced Napa Valley Cabernet. Made with just a touch (4%) of Petit Verdot, the 2009 Carpe Diem has impeccable balance; a silky texture; soft, rounded tannins; and, underneath it all, beautiful Napa Valley fruit. This is a Cabernet built not to dominate but to go with food. The quality may not be such a surprise from the owner of Chateau Pétrus in Bordeaux and Dominus in Napa Valley, but the price, about $25, certainly is. This one could hold its own against some of the valley's most lauded $100 bottles.
December 20, 2012 |
If you're planning on heading to the nearest bookshop to snatch a copy of British wine writer and Financial Times columnist Jancis Robinson's new "Wine Grapes" as a gift for an oenophile friend, you'll need a little red wagon. Or a sherpa. The massive (and quite definitive) tome weighs in at more than 6½ pounds on my bathroom scale. But its 1,280 pages includes everything any wine lover will need to stump opponents in wine trivia games, ace the Master Sommelier test and exponentially increase his or her knowledge of ampelography (the field of botany concerned with the identification and classification of grapevines)
October 2, 2012 |
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Night + Market hosts a wine dinner -- or "anti-wine dinner" -- in its backyard herb garden, featuring petillant naturel wines (dry, fizzy wines made without added yeast or sugar) from Pascal Potaire. " Pet-nat is French for awesome rustic fizzy fun wine topped with a beer cap," said Night + Market chef Kris Yenbamroong in a release. Two pet-nats -- a white (100% Chardonnay) and a rosé (Cot and Gamay) -- along with Noella Morantin's Marie Rose (a Cabernet Sauvignon rosé)