Indulge Your Palate with Unexpected Wines
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"Biodynamic" is a buzzword in the wine industry, but not necessarily heard in the context of German winemaking. Zwölberich, a biodynamic German winery 25 years in the making, is out to change people's perceptions, and taste buds. With a passion and respect for their soil, the team at Zwölberich are growing and sharing a variety of biodynamic wines, from Spätburgunder to Ruländer.
While Bordeaux certainly embraces its rich tradition and heritage, the region is celebrating progressive change by empowering and showcasing more female winemakers each and every day. A few notable names to keep an eye on? Sandrine Garbay, chief winemaker and cellarmaster at Chateau d’Yquem, producing some of the world's most lauded sweet wines, and Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal, an eighth-generation winemaker bringing fresh perspective to Chateau Angélus while carrying on the family legacy.
"Château d’Yquem" © Favoreat/Katja Hentschel
Speaking of the progressive shift in the world of wine, millennials are now the ones owning vineyards, and with that, promoting them in ways classic winemakers would have never imagined. One such winemaker is Philipp Freitag, founder of Weingut Freitag, or "Friday Winery." Philipp and his team lean into a more casual and playful approach when it comes to their wines, with their most popular bottles named "Casual Friday" and "Thank God It's Friday." The real unexpected twist? Philipp's #NakedFriday series on Instagram promoting the winery, which you must truly see to believe. Follow along @weingut_freitag.
Lastly, we all know and love good wines, but what about a wine for the beer lovers out there? Instead of separating wine lovers vs. beer lovers, suggest wines from Médoc to those who love the deep flavors of a Stout! A Classic Médoc from the Left Bank will bring forward notes of bitter chocolate, tobacco, leather, and savory herbs. It's unexpected and oh-so delicious!
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Where are the Women in the Wine?
Your answer likely depends on how old you are… In the wine world the month of March celebrates the accomplishments of women working in the wine industry, in tandem with Women’s History Month. To the young wine enthusiast, it might seem like a quaint idea to shed light upon something that is quite ‘normal’—which in and of itself is actually quite wonderful. I would imagine that sharing conversations and perspectives between women who are just getting started in the wine world and women who have been in the business for 30 or 40 years would be eye-opening, to say the least.Read more
Rosé and Clairet All Day, Every Day?
Why not? As long as you understand which wines are made to be coveted, which are for frivolity, and which stand out as the sweet spot in between.Read more
The sparkling wines you need to have for your New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is the biggest day of sparkling wine consumption in the world. Individuals drink everything from Champagne to California sparkling wine to Prosecco and more. There are a lot of sparkling wine options available on the market ranging in price from $10 all the way into the hundreds. It can be difficult to know what sparkling wines are delicious but also high quality and affordable. Thankfully, there are two wine regions that make exceptional sparkling wines that are perfect for your New Year’s Eve toast.Read more