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Grape of the Week: Sangiovese
By: Jeff S Cameron
Posted: Dec. 14, 2012

Sangiovese literally translates as "the blood of Jove" (another name for Jupiter, the Roman king of the gods). This is often taken as an indicator that this wine reaches back to Roman times, but the first known definitive written mention of the grape was actually not until the early 18th century. Learn more about this Grape of the Week.


So, here it is, December again and that means the holidays are staring you in the face. For many of us that means shopping for presents, sending cards, visiting friends and relatives’ homes and cooking or being invited to some pretty swell dinner parties, buffets, brunches and maybe hosting a couple of festive events ourselves. So why not explore some of the more traditional, as well as some contemporary, holiday libations?


Winter Beverage: Bubbly
By: Harry Haff
Posted: Dec. 13, 2012

This is a festive time of year, so something with bubbles will always be welcome. This does not mean dropping a bundle on champagne, although it is never money ill spent, but try some different types of bubbles with some flavorings and maybe add your own special ingredients to personalize these drinks for you and your guests.


Winter Beverage: Fortified Wines
By: Harry Haff
Posted: Dec. 13, 2012

With cold weather lurking all around us, think of fortifying yourself against the cold. And a great way of doing this at holiday time is with some fortified wines.


If you are a red wine fan and have tried sangria, give these flavorful treats a try.  For a large crowd, make some glögg. Or try the German variation, glühwein.


Winter Beverage: Wassail
By: Harry Haff
Posted: Dec. 13, 2012

Now, if you are going Wassailing as the Christmas carol says, you should probably have some Wassail before heading out. Here's how to make it.


Winter Beverage: Craft Beer
By: Harry Haff
Posted: Dec. 13, 2012

When it comes to festivities, remember your favorite craft brewery. Many will do seasonal brews at this time of year that are available only during the holiday season.


Winter Beverage: Eggnog
By: Harry Haff
Posted: Dec. 13, 2012

What would the holidays be without eggnog? Sure, there are lots of store bought products out there, but why not make your own? After all, it is the season.


Still in planning mode for the holidays? Why not host a pairing party! Small plates and paired wines will create an interactive food-and-wine experience. Building your network in the wine community? This is the perfect opportunity to solidify those connections. Check out the Two Poets' recipe for a holiday soiree and let us know how your own turns out!


Just when you thought you had figured out how to define organic and how to even notice when it popped up on a wine label, an even more organic wine has hit the market: biodynamic wine. Is this another passing trend?


In a gut-wrenching display of spite, vandals destroyed 16,537 gallons—worth $16 million—of future Brunello di Montalcino wine in a Dec. 2 raid at the wine cellar of Case Basse in Tuscany.


Robert Parker has announced a major sale of Wine Advocate company shares to investors in Singapore, raising numerous questions about the future of the publication. What else is happening in the world of wine? We're reading the headlines to bring you interesting news of the wine world. Take a peek.


Mulled Wine Syrup
By: Eva Weirich
Posted: Dec. 11, 2012

Try a thicker, sweeter version of mulled wine and drizzle it into your sparkling wine or pour it over a rich and creamy mousse au chocolat. Or be charitable and give it away as gifts to your friends.


Gravy with Mulled Wine
By: Eva Weirich
Posted: Dec. 11, 2012

You can use this gravy for your Christmas turkey or other poultry like goose breast (goose has a bigger tradition in Europe than in the United States). It will be delicious.


 


Mulled wine is a long-standing European Christmas tradition that many in the U.S. enjoy as well. Writing from the Mosel region of Germany, Eva Weirich takes us with her through the sights, sounds and smells of the German Christmas markets, where mulled wine is the beverage of choice. Try her recipe and make your own mulled wine!


A beautiful and rich dessert that pairs excellently with port. If you can find good berries or cherries, try it for a very festive holiday treat. From WineTable Executive Chef Harry Haff.


‘Tis the season to throw parties, one of my favorite pastimes. Deciding on the guest list, hors d'oeuvres, which cheese pairs with which wine, and every other detail that goes into planning a holiday party can be exhausting. We understand you have a wide range of guests and different palates to satisfy so here's your fail-proof wine guide for all your holiday events.


Cynthia Cosco went from cop to artisan wine crafter, not a typical journey by any stretch. Her wines are delicious and straight to the point. Get to know the winemaker behind Passaggio Wines. From champagne and potato chips to bottleshock and roller coasters, you'll discover interesting insights about Cynthia to share next time you enjoy a Passaggio with friends.


Grape of the Week: Nebbiolo
By: Jeff S Cameron
Posted: Dec. 07, 2012

Nebbiolo is the prince if not the king of Italian grapes, even though it amounts for less than 6% of Piedmont grape production. That 6% is responsible for the famed Barolo, Barbaresco, Ghemme and Gattinara wines. Those wines are perhaps the most rewarding wines to cellar and collect, with a potential to remain full flavored and complex for up to 30 years.


A lot of education goes into sommelier training, but for restaurants considering adding a position, the spend to hire can pay for itself many times over. As Harry Haff points out, with wine becoming more integrated in American dining culture, a sommelier's knowledge and training of wait staff can boost sales, make for a better meal and improve the customer experience. 


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