Category Archives: Sauvignon Blanc

Pairing wines with vegetarian food

This question came to me recently through the Free Range on Food chat on The Washington Post’s website. The chat runs every Wednesday from noon to 1 pm for those who need help with recipe questions, cooking conundrums or even … Continue reading

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An Irish kosher wine from New Zealand?

(This column was published in The Washington Post on Wednesday, April 4, 2012.) Wine is increasingly becoming part of our modern dining culture, a drink to be enjoyed regularly and not just on special occasions. That’s to be applauded from … Continue reading

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Leap into the extra day

John Williams is throwing a once-in-a-quadrennium party this evening. Williams, the owner and winemaker at Frog’s Leap winery in Napa Valley’s Rutherford district, has been celebrating his favorite “free day” every four years since 1984 by inviting “a few hundred … Continue reading

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Cut to the Front of the Line for Kosta Browne …

If you’re dying to get your hands on some cult California pinot noir, here’s your chance to cut to the front of the line for Kosta Browne’s mail list, and help a good cause to boot! And if you ever … Continue reading

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Wine Camp, and Other Ideas

Over Christmas weekend, my family held our annual “Wine Camp.” This is an extremely vinonerdy exercise in which we pour several wines blind and say, “Tell me what this is.” Over the years, it has taken on an air of … Continue reading

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Local Wine Bandwagon Gains Steam With Obama’s Help

Virginia wine was featured last night at President Obama’s first State Dinner. The president, his guest of honor, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and invited members of D.C.’s elite washed down pumpkin pie tart and pear tatin with Thibaut-Janisson blanc … Continue reading

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Carbon-Neutral Wine

Wineries today tout their green credentials almost as much as their scores from influential wine magazines. Solar power, sustainable or organic or biodynamic (s/o/b) viticulture, and “carbon-neutral” winemaking are all marketing buzzwords for wineries. In today’s column in The Washington … 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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Mike Grgich and Wolfgang Puck

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting two legends of American wine and food – Mike Grgich, celebrated winemaker who created the Chateau Montelena Chardonnay that won the Paris Tasting of 1976, and Wolfgang Puck, who helped revolutionize our … Continue reading

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Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2007, New Zealand $13

Have you ever picked up a shriveled passion fruit – one that looks like it’s ready to toss in the compost bin – and then sliced it open and slurped up its juice and seeds? That wonderfully ripe, tropical flavor … Continue reading

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