The Glories of Riesling (Part Three) - The New World

    In my two previous posts on Riesling (here and here), I wrote about the two most classic origins of Riesling from the Old World - Germany and Alsace. This post will deal with some favorite examples of Riesling from the New World, namely Australia, New Zealand and Californ...

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    Notes on 2010 Barolo - more than 110 wines

    Barolo landscape, early May morning (Photo ©Tom Hyland) I recently tasted more than 125 examples of Barolo from the 2010 vintage at the Nebbiolo Prima event in Alba, Piemonte. This event is held each year for a select few dozen journalists (about 70) from...

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    The Glories of Riesling (Part Two) - Alsace

    Photo ©Tom Hyland Continuing with my series of posts on Riesling (click here for the last post on Germany), this article will deal solely with Riesling from Alsace. Tucked in a far northeastern corner of France, not far from the border with Germany, Alsace is one of t...

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    The Glories of Riesling (Part One) - Germany

    Vineyard in Germany's Rheingau Region (Photo from Peter Jakob Kühn website) Recently I wrote a series of posts about Sauvignon Blanc (click here), calling it the "greatest grape." Of course, there is not one grape variety that is the greatest- there are several and...

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    Italian Wine, Food and a Book!

    I am hosting a special Italian wine and food class on Friday, May 2 at I Monelli Pizzeria (5019 N. Western, Chicago. This will be an intermediate class on pairing Italian wines and food (though beginners are certainly welcome) - and what better way to learn about this subj...

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    In Love with Champagne

    Philippe and Veronique Glavier, Champagne Philippe Glavier, Cramant (Photo courtesy of Champagne Philippe Glavier) I admit it - I'm in love with Champagne. And why not? Each to his own, but I don't understand people who don't care for Champagne. But I don't have the ...

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    Robert Mondavi Winery - Doing Just Fine, Thank You

    When it comes to California wines, the media loves to talk about the new kids on the block. There are plenty of stories about some small producer who's got a few acres on a Napa Valley hillside or in the Sonoma Coast just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean. The fact ...

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    Highlights from Tre Bicchieri

    Gianluca Grasso, Az. Agr. Elio Grasso (Photo ©Tom Hyland) The Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri  tasting was held in Chicago yesterday - stops in New York City and San Francisco are also part of this current tour - and wine lovers in the trade and media were treated to an ...

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    Tre Bicchieri Returns

    The Gambero Rosso Tre Bicchieri tasting is back in the United States and if you're a lover of Italian wines - you need to be there. I'll be there on Tuesday, February 11 in Chicago; there is also a tasting in San Francisco on Thursday, February 13. Gambero Rosso is the bi...

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