Wine + Spirits

  • Make Wine, Not Math

    By Bill Shepard

    Picture this. You're in a wine store, trying to choose between wines for dinner. You have read what the wine writers have to say, and note that many of them are assigning scores to the wine. You narrow it down to two wines.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 16 October 2009 )
  • Chateau Ausone and Chateau Cheval Blanc: A Tale of

    By Bill Shepard

    The Bordeaux classification of 1855 was silent on the wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol, probably for reasons of commercial jealousy. The wine merchants of the Medoc controlled the selection of wines that were classified for the 1855 exposition in Paris. They were not about to give equal consideration to their rivals from across the Gironde River.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 16 October 2009 )
  • Chateauneuf du Pape: The Generous Wine

    By Bill Shepard

    As Beaujolais is a summer wine, so Chateauneuf du Pape is a perfect wine for colder weather. The romantic might imagine that their glass holds something of Provence, and that is a cheering thought. Certainly Chateauneuf, a town near Orange and Avignon, slumbers in intense summer heat, storing up that intensity in the grapes that are carefully grown there.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 16 October 2009 )
  • Bordeaux's Millennium Vintage: Some Recommendation

    By Bill Shepard

    2000 vintage Bordeaux wines: They will be sure to be increased before long, so better buy them while they remain available.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 16 October 2009 )
  • The Wines of Alsace

    By Bill Shepard

    Alsace is a region steeped in history, medieval architecture, and glorious food and wine. Bill Shepard shares all the information you need to appreciate the latter.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 November 2009 )
  • Starting A Wine Cellar

    By Bill Shepard

    If you've recently fallen in love with wine, it may be time to think about starting a wine cellar. "Now wait a minute," you may say. "I like a bottle of wine, but I'm not going to spend thousands of dollars to do it!" As you'll learn here, you don't have to.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 November 2009 )
  • Wines for Thanksgiving

    By Bill Shepard

    I always enjoy reading Art Buchwald's annual Thanksgiving column, in which he explains our national holiday to the French. It is, he rightly says, "the one day when Americans eat better than the French do." But I notice that in describing how it all began, he avoids mentioning any wines to go with the meal.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 27 November 2009 )
  • Tasting the 1996 Bordeaux First Growths

    By Bill Shepard

    Bill Shepard attended the 1996 Bordeaux First Growths dinner -- a black tie event held annually in the U.S. Read his account of which 1996 wines from the five chateaux in Bordeaux hold the most promise. You'll also pick up some tips on how to taste, store, and pair wines with a meal!

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 November 2009 )
  • Some Thoughts on Rhone Wines

    By Bill Shepard

    Bill Shepard offers some suggestions on Rhone wines and the meals they compliment.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 27 November 2009 )
  • Wines for Christmas Presents

    By Bill Shepard

    There is no reason not to give wine for Christmas presents. Unlike another sweater, you can be sure that a well chosen wine present isn't going to languish in a drawer.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 16 October 2009 )
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