Taste The Stars
The French have been arguing for decades to persuade Americans to stop calling our sparkling wine "Champagne." They postulate, rightly, that Champagne comes from that sacred region in northern France where the bubbly was first created, and should not be confused with the various sparkling wines made from Temecula to Topeka.
How To Read A Wine Label
Are wine labels straightforward in what they tell us about a wine? Yes, if you know the rules that wineries have to follow and understand the nuances of labeling laws. Here are the basics of what a wine label tells us. You may be surprised to find that a wine labeled Chardonnay may in fact be made up of 25% of other grape varieties.
The Rare Scheurebe Grape
Scheurebe is a white wine grape variety created by Georg Scheu in Germany in 1915 as a cross between Sylvaner and Riesling. In Austria it is known as Sämling 88 as well as Scheurebe. It is responsible for many of Germany's sweet wines and one California wine made by Joseph Phelps.
Ask the Advisor, Roses & Grapes
Roses in the Vineyard? Why is this? "A Rose is a rose is a rose," as on Gertrude Stein postulated as part of her 1913 poem Sacred Emily, interpreted as meaning "things are what they are,". But in a vineyard a rose bush is more than just a pretty piece of visual poetry. It has a job to do.
Temecula's Surprising Wine Country
Temecula is 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles and produces award-winning Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Viognier, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Pinot Gris, sparkling wines and dessert wines. Visitors can taste wines from almost 40 wineries.