Chardonnays Make a Splash with Food
The warm days of summer are the perfect time for a cool glass
of Chardonnay. For this season, we explore the California Chardonnay,
especially renowned for its big, rich fruitiness and opulent flavor.
Find out which foods best bring out the taste of this popular
white wine, as well as which dishes complement your favorite brands.
the Woodinville Wine Country
Although it lacks the glamour and chic of Napa
Valley's popular Wine Country, western Washington has all the
makings of a wine lover's dream vacation: beautiful woodland scenery,
cozy hotel lodges, and of course, the best wines Washington has
10 SUMMER BARBECUE WINES
to Beat the Heat
Whether you're looking for a fresh, light Chardonnay for a grilled
fish or a hearty, robust Syrah for that juicy steak, this list
contains all the best wines to complement your barbecued masterpieces.
ROYAL DRINK INDEED
Celebration du Moment"
From France comes a rich, smooth Cognac that represents 130 years
of the drive for perfection. From the solid gold collar and Baccarat
crystal bottle to its complex flavors and aromas, Rémy Martin's
Louis XIII represents the finest things that luxury has to offer.
DINNERS & TASTINGS
Looking for something to fill your summer nights and weekends?
Here are the top winemaker
dinners and wine tastings in the country. Find local
events, festivals and dinners in your area, from wine classes
for the newbie wine drinkers to expert tastings for the seasoned
oenophile. There's something for everyone when it comes to wine!
EVENTS AT A GLANCE...
With summer comes plenty of outdoor
wine festivals and celebrations. Complete a wine
country bicycling tour at the Central Coast Wine Classic in July
or perhaps blend your own wine at the Monterey Winemakers' Celebration
in August. Find more wine fests around the country in our food
and wine events calendar.
The Sturdy Spiegelau
Vino Grande Glasses
Good wine glasses do not have to compromise quality
for price. Many of the country's top restaurants are taking
advantage of wine glasses from 500-year-old glassmaker Spiegelau,
known for its durability and affordability.
SPIRITS & LIQUORS:
Park Single Malt Whisky
Distilled in the cold and unforgiving Orkney Islands
near northern Scotland, this 30-year-old spirit pulls back
no punches in taste---a great find for whisky lovers everywhere.
Tours in the South of France
Explore a region of the world where winemaking is not about
big-name labels, but about a way of life. Wine journalist
Florence Hernandez journeys through wineries and vineyards
in the Rhône Valley, Provence, Corsica and other lesser-known
French regions in this beautifully illustrated book.
A Guide to the World's Most Versatile Wine
Winemaker Jeff Morgan helps shed blush wine's negative image
in this new book about dry Rosé. Forget the cheap,
poor-quality pink wines of the past---this guide examines
the versatility of quality Rosés, the wineries that
make them and the foods with which they pair well. It's time
to think pink!
Wine Playing Cards
collectors and wine buffs will love this new item from the
Pacific Northwest: Washington Wine Playing Cards. Filled with
illustrated facts and maps of the area's most famous varietals
and appellations, the cards are a great gift for any wine
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Our favorite whites, reds and sparkling wines.
Expand your knowledge of wine terms, food pairings, varietals,
how wine is made, etc.
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Quarterly Issue: Fall 2005 - Coming in September