Wine

While wine can be made from many types of fruits and flowers, it is iconically produced from fermented grapes. Wine production dates back at least 8000 years, and today it is produced in quantity in more than 70 countries, with Italy, Spain, France, and the United States the largest producers of wine today. The world of wine is vast and complex, with more than 10,000 grape varietals in existence. This is largely due to experimental cross-breeding and grafting that has taken place for millennia, and such experiments have led to some of today’s most popular grape varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The primary styles of wine today include red, white, and rose. While almost all grape juice itself is white, red wine is made by allowing the juice from black (aka red) grapes to ferment in contact with its skins, while white wine is usually (but not always) made from white grapes. Rose wine is made from black grapes with limited skin contact, which provides the pinkish color.

Top Wine Posts:

Understanding the Wines of France
Wine and Beer Touring in California’s Paso Robles, 2017
Touring and Wine Tasting in California’s Anderson Valley
Harvest in Chile’s Casablanca Valley – A Dusty Paradise
Chateau Montelena’s Dream Tasting: A Retrospective of Five Decades of Wine
Exploring Port Wine: Touring Porto and the Douro Valley
Visiting Tuscany’s Tenuta dell’Ornellaia

Review: Carmenere Wines of Chile, 2023 Releases

By Rob Theakston | November 1, 2023 |

Carménère, a grape variety once considered lost to the annals of viticultural history, has experienced a remarkable resurgence in recent decades. Thanks to the relentless efforts of many in the world of winemaking, it now stands as a symbol of the resilience and skill inherent in Chilean winemaking. We recently had the privilege of attending…

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Review: 2022 Langlois Chateau Sancerre AOP

By Christopher Null | October 30, 2023 |

There’s a reason that Sancerre is everyone’s go-to for a crowd-pleasing white wine that goes with just about anything. This sauvignon blanc-based wine is as versatile as they come, and Langlois’s expression is an outstanding one to put in your shopping cart. Really beautiful, bright, and sunny, this wine kicks off with notes of fresh…

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Review: Two Wines from Beaujolais – 2022 Manoir de Carra and 2019 Chateau Bonnet

By Christopher Null | October 29, 2023 |

Beaujolais remains an undersung and underconsumed wine region, particularly in the States, but that’s changing — ever so slowly — as better and better expressions make it to the U.S. market. Today we’re checking out a pair of recently released Beaujolais wines, both 100% gamay, and both extremely affordable, high-quality offerings. 2022 Manoir de Carra…

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Review: Wines of Rombauer, 2023 Releases

By Christopher Null | October 28, 2023 |

A quartet of wines from our buddies at Rombauer — who are riding high now that they are basking in that Gallo acquisition money. Well done, folks! 2022 Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc – 76% Sonoma fruit, 24% Napa. Ultra-tropical, this is a Dole Whip in a glass, full of pineapple and cream and… well, that’s it.…

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Drinkhacker 2023 Wine Cheat Sheet / Vintage Chart

By Christopher Null | October 20, 2023 |

Has it been a year already? We’re back with our annually updated “Vintage Chart Cheat Sheet” for the wine lovers out there. In case you’ve missed the last dozen or so renditions of this, the concept is simple: Refer to this handy document to discover, painted in the absolute most general of generalities, whether a…

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Review: Monteabellon Ribera del Duero – 2017 Finca Matambres and 2021 Tempranillo

By Christopher Null | October 16, 2023 |

  Monteabellon is a Ribera del Duero winery that has been producing wines for multiple generations. Today we look at two wines from the operation — an older, well-aged expression and a younger version, both (of course) tempranillos. 2017 Monteabellon Finca Matambres Ribera del Duero –  This hearty offering, 100% tempranillo (aged 14 months in French…

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Review: In Good Taste 2023 Wine Advent Calendar

By Christopher Null | October 13, 2023 |

Boozy advent calendars are incredibly fun — but also incredibly difficult. When it comes to wine, the prospect is even more daunting: 24 bottles of hooch would weigh more than 80 pounds and provide far more wine than most will plan to drink in 3 1/2 weeks. In Good Taste gets around this problem by…

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Review: 2022 Wines of Lugana – Olivini, Le Morette, and Tommasi

By Christopher Null | October 12, 2023 |

Lugana is an under-the-radar wine region in Italy, found in Lombardy, south of Lake Garda, Italy’s largest lake. The wines here are exclusively white, vinified from a single varietal called turbiana. Previously known as trebbiano di Lugana, turbiana makes for bright but lightly sweet wines, reminiscent of pinot grigio but with a bit more body.…

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Review: 2022 Protea Pinot Grigio

By Christopher Null | October 5, 2023 |

This pinot grigio is a surprise, hailing from South Africa’s Western Cape region. (Protea is South Africa’s national flower.) Fresh and bright, this wine quickly fires out notes of sweet pineapple and florals, touched with coconut, cantaloupe, and just a touch of honeysuckle. More fruit-driven than you’d expect, it drinks closer to a New Zealand sauvignon…

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Review: 2017 Appassionata Riesling GG Chehalem Mountains

By Christopher Null | October 4, 2023 |

Oregon riesling isn’t the most common wine in the world, but Appassionata, inspired by Dr. Loosen’s dry-style Grosses Gewächs (“Great Growth”) — hence the GG in the name — is one to check out. It’s quite a curious riesling to hail from the U.S.: Notes of petrol spar against brighter lemon and grapefruit notes, before…

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