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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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
Visit Germany and Bordeaux like a pro
Visiting a wine region is one of the most magical experiences someone can have. Surrounded by the vines, seeing how the wine is made, tasting the wine right from the barrel, it’s easy to see how someone can be so in love with wine. The beauty of exploring wine regions is that once you leave the vineyards you can explore the towns in the region, try the cuisine and meet the people. All of these experiences collectively make for an amazing experience. The regions of Germany and Bordeaux are great destinations for a full experience vacation.Read more
Sparkle like your true European inner self: Sparkling wines for every occasion
Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, holidays - there are so many reasons to pop open a bottle of sparkling wine! Sparkling wine is a vast category. There are different regions, grapes, methods of production, producers and labels and it can get overwhelming figuring out what is good and most importantly what is a good value. When it comes to picking out a bottle of sparkling wine, I love heading to regions that make high quality wine, but are lesser known for their sparkling wines. Two regions that are great examples of this are Germany and Bordeaux.Read more