How to Taste the Flavors in Wine

It happens every time. No exception. In every wine tasting I have conducted there is always one or more participants who remark that they aren’t able the taste the flavors in a wine. I’ll say “This Albariño has lemon and grapefruit…” and someone will speak up to admit he doesn’t think he can taste what…

Sipping by the Shore: New Wine Options at Cypress Waters

The Sound is a new dining venue in the Cypress Waters development that is technically in the city of Dallas (because it sits on land that used to be a part of a regional power plant), but is nestled between the north side of Las Colinas and the south end of Coppell. Among the dining…

How to Pair Wine with Girl Scout Cookies

One of the more unique wine tastings we conducted this year at Red White and Cru was a pairing of wines with girl scout cookies. Pairing wines with sweets can be difficult and the flavor combinations in the cookies made for some additional challenges, but we took our best shot and ended up with 5…

How to Find a Value Wine

If you search for Cabernet Sauvignon on any reasonably stocked wine retail website, you will often find bottles ranging from $10 to more than a $1,000. While it is unlikely that a cheaper wine will taste just like the more expensive bottles, it is possible to find relative quality wines at almost any price point…

ACME Fine Wines: The Art of Under the Radar Napa Wine Tasting

Tucked away on a quiet side street in St. Helena, ACME Fine Wines has built a reputation as the authority small production, new producer and under-the-radar wines in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. From their art gallery styled studio, ACME conducts wine tastings, fulfills four different wine clubs and runs an online wine retail site, all with a proclivity toward the new and small producers from the area.

Three questions to consider before booking your wine country visit

I see the posts on Facebook. Someone will ask the question “We are headed to Napa, where do you recommend we visit” and a flood of Friends will respond with a winery or two that are can’t miss. The problem is, not all Napa, Sonoma or other wine country visits are created equaly. Some vistors…

Get Out of Your Wine Rut

I love a good hamburger, but it’s not all I eat. Imagine how humdrum life would become if my sole source of sustenance was ground beef on a bun. Yet, for so many, this is exactly the approach to wine. They have one wine of choice, be it Cabernet, Chardonny or Pinot Noir, and they…

Want to learn about wine? Get comfortable with being wrong.

My wine journey is fueled by the knowledge that no matter how much time I devote and how much I study, I’ll never learn everything there is to know about every wine on this planet. This is a topic that can be a life-long endeavor. Some of those learnings are pretty straightforward. Smell the unmistakable…

This Wine Just Might Help You Live to be 100

Scientists have identified a few areas of the world where a greater percentage of the population than expected live to 100 or beyond.  One of these “Blue Zones” is located on the island of Sardinia, off the Western coast of Italy. Researchers have identified a number of reasons why they believe the island has a…

Justifying The $20 Bottle of Wine

I am sitting in one of those crowded coffee houses that seems to be on every street corner around the country. The line is long and seats are full of people who’ve dropped around $5 each for a cup of soy, no foam chai latte.  A few minutes earlier I was in the wine aisle…