White Wines

The ABCs of Summer

Five white wines guaranteed to make a splash this summer

With the first heat wave of the season just passed, it’s no surprise that I was left scouring my local wine retailer’s shelves for liquid salvation. Sadly, I stopped in the wrong shop and left with a bottle of wine that, while it fulfilled its duty, left me wanting more, or less as the case may be. More acidity, minerality and freshness were the ‘mores’ I had in mind. Less alcohol and richness completed my mental image of the perfect wine for summertime highs, and a nice lunch of shrimp tacos, or even better, dinner of scallops, sea bass, and a nice greek salad, fava beans optional. So what exactly did I have in mind when I passed through my wine shop’s doors? Five wines to be exact, each of which would have been a vacation in a bottle. Five glorious wines to make summer’s heat more be...

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Italian White Wines for Spring

Wines to expand your horizons, from the land of vines

Enotria, the land of vines, was the ancient Greek name for Italy and a very appropriate one at that. Today much of Italian white wine is dominated by a handful of white wine varieties, yet it remai...

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Offbeat Spring Whites

Let your palate blossom with the season

I love spring. In fact, it’s my favorite time of year. The return of warmer weather, the bursting forth of new life, the promise of so much all wrapped up in these first few days of the season that...

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Top 15 Chardonnays for Grilling

The best bets for grill-friendly Chardonnay, all under $50

Chardonnay is an ideal wine to pair with many grilled foods. For one thing, it’s immensely popular—I have friends who prefer it to anything else. It is also extremely versatile, with the best examp...

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Venturing Vermentino

Open up your repertoire with an alternative spring white

Apr 2, 2013 at 12:00am
As the weather warms up I know we'll all be reaching for more white wines. The question, of course, is which whites will those be? Are we all going to be predictable and reach for Sauvignon Blanc, ... Read More »


Pinot Blanc(ish)

Exploring the complex flavors (and semantics) of Alsatian Pinot Blanc

Mar 28, 2013 at 12:00am
Wine is so confusing! I love a good Pinot Blanc, or Pinot Bianco. But what do I love when it's not necessarily a Pinot Blanc? Let me explain. Alsace is unique in France, having created its appellat... Read More »


One Man, 40 Rieslings

Dissecting a misunderstood grape, one bottle at a time

Mar 14, 2013 at 12:00am
There's an argument to be made for Riesling, and it's made on a regular basis. It goes something like this: Riesling is great, it's flexible and it's food friendly, with wines ranging from dry to s... Read More »


Riesling: Will its time ever come?

GDP shares his 10 top Riesling list

Mar 1, 2013 at 12:00am
Riesling is always the next big thing, even though it’s been overtaken by a slew of other hip varieties. A few great examples and thoughts on why they suffer. This week I spent several hours tasti... Read More »


Pinot Blanc, It Ain't all Gris.

What's the difference between Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris? Find out here.

Aug 30, 2012 at 12:00am
Pinot Blanc is the lost sibling of the Pinot family. We’re all familiar with Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, two varieties of wine that get more than their fair share of attention, but what about Pinot... Read More »


Pinot Grigio $15 and Up

Dole out a few extra dollars for these great Pinot Grigio wines

Aug 28, 2012 at 12:00am
Last week, I took a look at value Pinot Grigios priced at $15 and under. Today, we turn the tables and look at a handful of wines that break through the $15 threshold. Some of those value priced w... Read More »


Oregon Pinot Gris

This corner of the Northwest is making a name for itself with a fine selection of Pinot Gris

Aug 27, 2012 at 12:00am
Oregon has slowly been carving out a niche for itself with Pinot Gris. At first, the wines tended to be on the sweet side. Admittedly, the buying public was well served by the chosen moniker, Pino... Read More »


10 Top Pinot Gris Producers

A top 10 of pinot gris producers that you've got to try

Aug 23, 2012 at 12:00am
Okay, read the title again. This is simply a list of 10 top Pinot Grigio/Gris producers, not THE top 10. I’ve assembled 10 producers here who I think you should try. Together, they represent good v... Read More »


Pinot Grigio Under $15

A collection of value Pinot Grigios that wont hurt your wallet

Aug 21, 2012 at 12:00am
One thing you learn quickly when you get to taste as many wines as I do is that there is only a loose correlation between price and quality. Paying more for a wine certainly doesn’t guarantee a bet... Read More »


Riesling Ages for Ages, Top Wine Swillers Say

GDP's experiences with aging some great Rieslings

Jul 16, 2012 at 12:00am
So what’s the deal and why would you age something that is already so freaking delicious? Well, maybe you shouldn’t. Just sayin’… Riesling does age very well and for a long time, that we all know ... Read More »

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