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Hi. Since my last post, I have sporadically received emails and various other social media communiques from readers asking how I'm doing and I've not done a very good job responding to those people. For the most part, I just haven't had any good news to report and didn't want to lie, but also felt kind of awkward sending people gloomy emails.
A few months ago, I took a trip up to Montreal with the Taste Camp crew to sample the wines of south-eastern Canada. It was a fun trip, and I came back from it with a few dozen new grapes and a case and a half of wine to write about. I was excited, and started working my way through the bottles as soon as I got home.
A few months ago, I was invited to a trade tasting of Greek wines. The wines were from the portfolio of Athenee Importers, while the tasting itself was hosted at the offices of Winebow in Somerville. I don't get a lot of invites to trade tastings and I don't end up going to most of the few that I'm actually invited to.
*The story below first ran in the Midwest Wine Press about two weeks ago. I have added a review of a wine that I was able to try from the grape, but the bulk of the article has remained unchanged, with only a few additions and minor edits. Mark runs a great site over at MWP and I'd encourage everyone to go check it out* For the most part, the wines that you drink today are ma ...
A few months ago, I received an email from a guy named Noah who said he had stumbled across my site and had some wines that he thought I'd be interested to try. He and his wife had recently started a wine importing company that was focused solely on wines from the Czech Republic and he was wondering if that might be something that would be up my alley.
Welschriesling is a hard grape to get a handle on. It goes by many different names in many different central European countries and though many of those names might lead you to believe it has certain relationships with other grapes, it actually doesn't. Today I'd like to try and sift through what we do and don't know about this grape before getting to a few different wines I've ...
Image from Blue Danube Wine's websiteIt has been a few weeks since my last post and a lot has changed in that time. Regular readers are probably aware that I live and work in the Boston area, and anyone who has been near a television in the past week or so is surely aware of what happened between the marathon on Monday and the manhunt on Friday of last week.
One of the things that I really love about digging into some of these unusual grapes is learning how many of them are related to one another. For instance, I knew today's grape, Cayuga White, was a hybrid, but I didn't know anything about its parents or grandparents. I learned that it is the offspring of a Seyval Blanc x Schuyler crossing, which is kind of cool because I'm a li ...
Last week, I started a new series called Know Your Malvasia where I take a look at different Malvasia-named grapes and explain where they're grown and how they do or do not relate to other Malvasia grapes. Today I'd like to expand that concept a little and start to talk about the various Lambrusco-named grapes.
Mytikas Peak, the highest point on Mt. OlympusWhen I was a kid, I used to love reading about Greek mythology. The Gods and their stories were so interesting to me and I used to love to imagine what it must have been like for them on Mt. Olympus. When I got a little older, I was surprised to learn that there was an actual Mt.