It was time for wine and I fancied something elegant, golden and white. A classic, French-style Viogner beckoned me, Condrieu, arguably one of Northern Rhône’s most distinctive appellation and its place of origin. As luck would have it, we had one bottle left in the cellar.
With cooler temps still blanketing the Midwest, it’s a good time to dig into a hearty syrah; and with so many syrahs to chose from, I’ve decided to stay close to home on this one: the 2008 Nicholson Jones Selection Syrah, Napa Valley.
Has wine become a natural beverage of choice for American consumers? Let’s take a look at what’s on the pulse and the likely future trends for wine.
The Humane Society of Missouri is busy conducting interviews, in-person meetings and home visits with potential adoptive families for Trooper, the puppy who barely survived after being dragged behind a pickup truck.
It’s fall and there’s a chill in the air. And in St. Louis, it’s Red October. I don’t know about you, but I’m craving red wine.
The legendary canals of Venice, the tragic love affair of Romeo and Juliet, the jagged peaks of the Dolomites – just a taste of the romance and wonder offered by one of the world’s most inspiring places, Northeast Italy. Rich in history, culture, music and culinary heritage, it is the most visited region of Italy, with more than 63 million tourists every year.
As fall harvest approaches, many people head out to experience classic Missouri Wine Country: rolling hills, vivid sunsets, winding rivers, fertile lands and warm people.
Missouri wines continue to gain respect among oenophiles, and some of the best are made by wineries in and around St. Charles County. Cheers to that!
Now that spring is finally here, it's time to get out and nosh on what's new for the season. Here's a short list of seasonal dishes currently being offered by some of the area's best eateries, along with recommendations for the best wines to accompany them.
The weather teases us. Sunshine and splendor one day, and back to chilly grayness and wicked winds the next. It’s a sure sign that spring is here, and with that touch of spring fever, my thirst for warm-weather wines is growing.
Edgewild Restaurant & Winery opened in the fall of 2011 in Chesterfield, and soon developed quite a following in West County and beyond.
Wine has been an integral part of cocktails since that first brilliant person decided to mix two spirits together to see what would happen. Many familiar cocktails contain types of wines as components, from fortified wines to apertif wines to sweet dessert varietals.
Perplexing labels, unique classifications and unfamiliar regions, all in an arduous language. Confused? Let’s look at Germany and Austria’s wonderful wines, demystify the label and decipher the varying levels of quality. This is a puzzle you will definitely enjoy completing.
Since landing in Chesterfield a few years ago (following a decades-long run in the Central West End), Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar has reinvented itself, morphing from a French-inspired bistro into more of a small-plate destination. Balaban's has continued to garner accolades, including multiple Wine Spectator Award of Excellence nods. While there were still several enticing classic entrees on the menu, like the Beef Wellington ($21), on our recent visit, we decided to stick fairly close to the tapas that are now the restaurant's signature.
When you pour a glass of Missouri-made wine, you may think about the aromas, flavors and complexities that emerge from the bottle, but do you consider the person behind that creation?
Some of the wine world’s most hidden treasures can be found in the scenic and rugged hillsides of Oregon and the desert-like valleys of Washington State.
If you decide to throw an impromptu dinner party—or you need a last-minute hostess gift—could your wine cellar come to the rescue? We asked these local wine experts for recommendations of bottles (and varietals) to keep in stock for such an occasion.
With temperatures soaring to all-time highs this summer, keeping cool is imperative, and nothing helps keep the heat at bay like a glass of fine Missouri wine.
Racy, tart and citrusy, sauvignon blanc is the wine most people think of when they think of New Zealand. But there is a lot more to wine in this Kiwi nation.
Only 55 miles north of San Francisco lies the sun-wrapped, million-acre land of plenty, Sonoma County. Here, you will discover rivers, lakes and ocean, redwood forests, art galleries, bike tours, hiking, hot-air ballooning, unique shops and of course, wineries. With more than 300 wineries to choose from, it behooves you to do your homework. Focus on favorite cabs, zins, pinots and other varietals and be sure to check first with wine tasting rooms to see if you need a reservation. You may be asked if you speak Sonoma, a curious, Ogden Nash-ish language not to be found in Webster’s.
Let’s take a look at the beauty of the wine blend. The blending of varietals can add more complexity and depth to a wine and can result in some of the most sought-after wines in the world.
When German immigrants arrived in Missouri in 1837 and settled on the banks of the Missouri River in a small village they named Hermann, they had no idea they were planting the seeds for an enduring wine tradition.
Piedmont is bordered by the majestic Alps of Switzerland in the North and France to the west. (Piemonte in Italian means ‘foot of the mountains.’) It also is known as Italy’s food capital with rich and decadent dishes made with cream sauces, egg-y pastas and fresh truffles. And with good food, you should expect good wine.
Crushed Red Urban Bake & Chop Shop recently opened in downtown Clayton, with the intent of combining the freshest ingredients with fast-casual dining.
Tuscany is where wine, food, history and culture all come together. Tiny villages, rolling hills and the aromatic Eucalyptus trees bordering roads and walkways are what come to mind when I think of Tuscany. Then, of course, there is the wine.