Wine

Spanish Wine

  By: John St. Mark Spanish wines have established a strong reputation for unique character and a remarkably favorable quality-to-price ratio. (Click for a Larger View of Spanish Wine Regions) There are various traditional styles (including sweet, fortified and sparkling wines) that deserve attention, but for now let’s talk about those dry, still wines being …
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The Robert Mondavi Winery

By: John St. Mark You may have heard about Robert Mondavi’s passing last year, just as his 95th birthday was approaching; he was much celebrated for his many accomplishments, including a prominent role as ambassador for wine to the American public, and ambassador to the world for American wine. His legacy extends far beyond his …
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The Napa Valley

By: John St. Mark The Napa Valley has a big reputation, but if you’ve been there you know that it is not such a big place. In fact, of all the wine grapes cultivated in California, less than five percent are grown in the Napa Valley. So, what’s the big deal with Napa Valley wine? …
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Wine & Cheese

By: John St. Mark Wine and cheese. The combination is ubiquitous, so they must go together … right? Wine and cheese do have a great deal in common. Both are fermented, complex, and very ancient foods. Just as wine can be made from different grape varieties, cheese can be made from the milk of different …
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Wine Tasting Basics

  By: John St. Mark What’s the right way to taste wine? Here’s the first thing you should remember: If you’re enjoying it, then whatever you’re doing works. You’re doing it right. Analytic tasting techniques (like swirling and sniffing) are helpful if your goal is to maximize the amount of objective information you obtain from …