Category Archives: Germany

Great Values of 2017

This is a new feature I’ll probably do annually for The Washington Post, highlighting my favorite wines of the past year that I gave the “Great Value” designation. I’m deleting the store listings here, so it won’t be such a … Continue reading

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Wine sparkles around the world

In case you missed last Wednesday’s Washington Post Food section, here are five sparkling wines from around the world worth brightening your holiday celebrations: Champagne may be the ne plus ultra of sparkling wine, but wineries around the world produce … Continue reading

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Living on the sweet side of life

We don’t drink enough sweet wines. There are several reasons for that. We have been taught that “dry” wine is more sophisticated. Truly luxurious sweet wines that taste like nectar stolen from the gods can be ridiculously expensive, so thrift … Continue reading

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Spicing up your wine life: Drink local

This is the fourth in my series of suggestions for enlivening your wine explorations in 2012. Drink local. Wine is now made in all 50 states. You may be surprised at how good some of it is. Virginia and Maryland … Continue reading

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Spicing up your wine life: Explore new frontiers

This is the third in my series of New Year’s suggestions for spicing up your wine explorations in 2012: Explore a new wine region. Do you love Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon? Try something different – a cabernet from the Santa … Continue reading

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New York on My Mind

I’m a big fan of New York wines. Riesling from the Finger Lakes seems to get better every year, especially as winemakers continue to carve out a distinctive style that speaks of the region’s terroir. Are they particularly German? Well, … Continue reading

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The Recession Claims Billington

The recession has taken a bite out of the Washington, D.C., wine community with the recent demise of Billington Wines, the Springfield, Va.-based company that helped put South American wines on U.S. dinner tables. Billington closed its doors May 15, … Continue reading

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Virginia Wines – World Class

Can Virginia wines stand tall among some of the best wines in the world? Undeniably yes, if the results of an in-depth tasting I attended on February 27 are any indication. The occasion was the second annual Virginia Wine Expo, … Continue reading

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Bex Riesling 2006, Mosel, $10

This is a simple Riesling – semi-dry (meaning it has a touch of sweetness but doesn’t really come off as sweet, because its acid keeps it in balance) – with textbook flavors of apricot and peach. No complexity, really, no … Continue reading

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The Green Revolution

Wine is going green. Like many of us trying to shrink our “carbon footprints” by using less electricity, recycling, or driving hybrid cars, the wine industry is becoming increasingly earth-friendly. At the Fair Lakes Whole Foods Market in Fairfax, Va., … Continue reading

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