The ancient craft of wine making conjures romantic notions of hand-picked vines, and bare feet crushing grapes. However, wine production today is a thoroughly high-tech affair. Degree programs in viticulture and oenology, from Cornell University to UC Davis, reflect advances in the industry. Professors and courses there now focus on topics like “environmental control, and modified atmospheres,” “the genetic engineering of industrial microorganisms,” or “analytical instrumentation,” to name a few.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
This has been one of the most popular food and wine pairings our team at Jascots has put together to date. Mac & cheese has taken the restaurant scene by storm and this month we cooked up a delectable version with three cheeses and a drizzling of truffle oil.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
When the weather cools down, it’s time to heat things up in the kitchen. If you’re anything like the editors at Wine Enthusiast, you’re craving the soul-warming comfort food and wine pairings that bring family and friends together.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
The biggest change over the past decade has been the rise of “grower” Champagnes from unknown to ultra-popular. Essentially the opposite of the wines made by the big houses, these come from individual, family-owned vineyards, often farmers turned winemakers who used to sell their grapes to the grandes marques. Grower Champagnes aren’t necessarily better or worse than those from the big houses, but they do tend to reflect vineyard character more directly. (They can be identified by the letters RM on the label, which stand for récoltant-manipulant, meaning a producer who grows grapes and makes wine only from his or her own vines.) These 10 winners from our tastings at F&W are more than worth seeking out.—Ray Isle
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Wine has been an integral part of Greek culture for several millennia. Ancient Greeks were documented wine lovers, tippling diluted reds while debating philosophy in their symposia gatherings, and taking wine as a cure for myriad health ailments, including imbalanced “humors.” They worshipped Dionysus, the god of the grape. And Greek ancients traded wine throughout the old world, even creating their own Appellations of Origin long before wine had become an established worldwide business.