I was at a tasting recently, when a colleague whose opinion I respect asked me what I thought of a particular wine. He'd given it a score of 58/100. It was the 2012 LAM white from Lammershoek (a leading winery from South ...
Frozen harvest: Cold concentrates sweetness of Ice Wine grapes Sauk Prairie Eagle About 20 grape pickers wearing face masks and layers upon layers of coats and sweaters harvested 5,400 pounds of the grapes to be turned into 280 gallons of a thick,...
For many French winegrowers, 2013 has been a catalogue of anguish. Unhelpful flowering weather meant a generally poor fruitset, and brutal summer hailstorms cut swathes through a number of vineyard regions...
2 cups all-purpose flour3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt2 sticks unsalted butter or butter alternative, softened1 3/4 cups sugar or the equivalent of a sugar alternative2 large eggs1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 1/4 cups Italian dry red wineConfectioner’s sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 12-cup bundt pan.
In a bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter with the sugar at medium-high speed until fluffy, 4 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla and beat for 2 minutes longer.
Working in two batches, alternately fold in the dry ingredients and the wine, just until incorporated.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a rack; let cool completely. Dust the cake with confectioner’s sugar and serve.
It is November, the thick of snuggle season; that time of year where you want to put on sweatpants, get under a thick blanket, open a bottle of wine and stay there until March. This is also prime date time.
After being neglected for years, the noble grape is making its way back to its much-deserved status among wine connoisseurs. (Riesling- the noble grape is making its way back to its much-deserved status.
Why was the trial of wine fraudster Rudy Kurniawan so compelling? It was, after all, hard to squeeze tears for the millionaires, braggarts and 'big boys' who were his erstwhile chums and eventual victims.
Richard Betts is one of fewer than two hundred master sommeliers in the world, but he’s no wine snob and he hates wine-speak. In the first book of its kind, he helps readers scratch and sniff their way to expertise by introducing the basic components of wine—the fruits, the wood, the earth—enabling anyone to discover the difference between a Syrah and a Sangiovese and get the glass they love every time. Humorously illustrated, with 16 scents, this irresistible gift puts the fun back in wine fundamentals.
We get asked a lot about wines in the sub-$20 range, but how do you find a nicely priced Amarone wine? Learn about a significantly cheaper style of Valpolicella wine as well as why Amarone wine costs so much.
Chris Burn's insight:
Plenty of lovely wine from Valpolicella, not just at the top end...