Grape Expectations

Wine Party Planning & Useful Info - The New (Or Maybe Not) Wine Rules

Wine Parties

Don’t save a great bottle for anything more than a rainy day. One of the great fallacies of wine is that waiting makes it better. No doubt, there are many wines that get drunk too young, and patience can be a virtue when it comes to the most important wines. But even most top wines today can be enjoyed relatively young.

Seasonal Spotlight - Comprehensive Guide To Champagne & Other Sparklers

Champagne Popping

3 Types of Sparkling Wines

Different sparkling winemaking techniques emerged thanks to technology and popularity at their respective times in history. Each offers up a unique style of tasting adventure. Traditional Method, so named because it became the norm; Pétillant Naturel, often shortened to “Pét-Nat”; And Tank Method, sometimes called “Charmat Method” which originated in France and Italy.

 

The Traditional Method – the Rise of Champagne

Holiday Spotlight - Thanksgiving Food & Wine

Turkey Day

As we approach turkey day a week from today, I am sharing my thoughts about wine and food for arguably the biggest feast of the year. Hopefully at this point you have a plan of what you’re doing and preparing, but have you thought about what wine you will be serving and with what foods. Most of us are headed to our family’s house with instructions on what to bring (or not) or hosting the festivities. Maybe you’re in charge of the wine allotment. I’m sure there are mixed emotions of excitement to gather, but also a sense of feeling overwhelmed.

Wine Spotlight - Late Harvest Wines & Why They Are Incredible

Late Harvest Sauternais

Late harvest wines are made from grapes that are left on the vine even after they’ve reached their peak ripeness. When grapes are (quite literally) left hanging, they become sweeter over time as each individual grape dehydrates and the sugar content becomes more concentrated.

Grape Spotlight - 2021 Harvest, Viticulture & Winemaking

Lamoreaux Vineyards rows

As the annual grape harvest begins to wind down here in the Finger Lakes (except for those grapes still hanging for late-harvest or ice wines/dessert wines) and many other Northern Hemisphere wine regions, it is a great time to talk about the different aspects of viticulture and winemaking. Oh! the magic of transforming grape juice to wine! I certainly don’t tout myself as being an expert in these areas and not a winemaker or viticulturist, but I’ve been around for different harvests at different wineries and each vintage is unique and different and has its own set of challenges.

Per Request - What’s up with all the different colors and shapes of wine bottles?

Wine Bottle Shapes

What’s with all the different colors and shapes of wine bottles?

Wine bottles are just like people in the sense that they come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. Look in a wine store and see all the variations from tall, elegant bottles to slim and short ones bursting with potential to traditionally shaped regional examples, and the unusual, creative modern ones which pop up from time to time. And then there are the colors. Pale/Kelly greens, deep inky tones, browns, blacks, and clear bottles showing off the wonderful hues within.

Are you curious about trendy new wines? Meet Pet-nat and Piquette!

 

I introduce or re-introduce to you two distinct wine styles that are not well known or understood: Pétillant naturel, or Pét-nat, and PiquettePétillant naturel, or pét-nat, is becoming a popular new style for domestic wine production. Pét-nat, or Méthode Ancestrale, is a method of sparkling wine production used all over the world. 

Misnomers & Rules about Wine & Food

Don’t try to pair just flavors of food with wine all the time. Nice rhyme there. The best pairings can come from many other factors. Think about the acidity, spice, texture, weight, and dryness/sweetness (sugar)/fruitiness. Remember sugar in wine can help cut through and balance spice and acidity in food. Try a semi-dry/off-dry Rieslings, semi-dry Gewurztraminers, and Moscato with Thai food or other spicy Asian cuisine or high acid bubbly with, believe it or not, pizza. And traditional Champers and rose bubbly has enough structure and tannin (from grape skins) to stand up to fatty steak.

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