April 12, 2014 |
The second vintage from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's wine estate in southeast France is a spectacular rosé from an unspectacular year. Made by the Perrin family of the renowned Châteauneuf-du-Pape estate Château de Beaucastel, the 2013 Château Miraval rosé is elegant and fresh, with a scent of wild strawberries. I could drink this very serious rosé all summer long. Quantities are limited, though, and this one may be gone even before summer gets here. Have it with radishes and butter, with toasts spread with tapenade, crudités, grilled salmon or a simple roast chicken.
April 8, 2014 |
Now you can try cruise-ship cuisine as well as fine wine without ever setting sail at a Celebrity event in Irvine. Celebrity Cruises is a driving force behind the Great Wine Festival May 31 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. The cruise line will provide landlubbers with tastes of the fare usually served at sea. Executive chef John Suley and sommelier Chanelle Duarte will welcome guests. Ten of Celebrity's floating restaurants have won the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine.
April 7, 2014 |
What wines are selling best on Amazon.com ? You might be surprised. There's more than just the expected popular brands of Cabernet and Chardonnay. Curious about what the top-selling wines on Amazon.com are at the moment, I approached the Seattle-based mega-company to see if anyone could tell me. After much back and forth, I got a list of 10: There are some of the expected - two Pinot Noirs, two Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux-style reds, and a Chardonnay; but there are also the unexpected - a Roussanne, a Semillon, and a sweet Black Muscat.
April 6, 2014 |
The gig: Gabriel Weiss is a winemaker with a distinct specialty, kosher wine. He owns the Shirah Wine Co. in Santa Barbara County with brother Shimon Weiss, who handles the business side. Kosher wine can't contain ingredients from animals that aren't kosher - that is, not killed according to Jewish law. In addition, the making and handling of the wine has to be conducted by Jews who observe the Sabbath, the kosher dietary laws and follow other Jewish observances. Cracking the biz: Gabriel Weiss wanted to move from New Jersey to Southern California to use previous training in industrial design to crack into the entertainment business.
March 29, 2014 |
This is why Rioja is one of the best values in red wine right now. Where else could you find such a distinguished red from the 2001 vintage for less than $35? This isn't something a shrewd wine merchant put away for a few years but the estate's current release. And what a mature beauty it is - aromas of dried cherry and rose petals, flavors of dark berries and tobacco, ripe tannins and a long, inviting finish. A seamless package. It will go well with just about anything, but I'm thinking lamb - a roast or chops.
March 26, 2014 |
When I saw the first tweet about this, I truly thought it was a hoax. But no, it seems wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr. is launching a lifestyle magazine. Wine-searcher.com has the story and describes the mag as aimed at "high net-worth individuals and corporate leaders. " In other words, Robb Report territory. And what will his new magazine be called? It's not hard to guess: “100 Points by Robert Parker.” Oh, no. Oh, yes. John Stimpfig reports that The Wine Advocate has signed a deal with publishers Hubert Burda Media to publish the new international lifestyle magazine quarterly.