July 18, 2018

Wines of Tejo Tasting in DC

This past Spring, wine educators, sommeliers, and writers gathered for lunch at Barcelona Wine Bar to taste and learn about the wines from Portugal’s Tejo wine region. Located about an hour drive from Lisbon, Tejo lies inland along the banks of the Tejo River (also known as the Tagus River), which flows south from nearby mountain ranges and eventually pours out into the Atlantic Ocean. The river moderates the otherwise hot climate to produce sites well suited for vineyards. The larger Tejo … [Read more...]

Reliably Delicious and Affordable Wines for the Holidays

With holiday parties and celebrations in full swing, you probably want to bring great wines to these events without breaking the bank. This is an opportune time to reveal the list I’ve been promising friends and colleagues. While it's always great to try new wines, the point of experimentation is to discover the gems you’ll enjoy now and in the future. Thus, the wines on my list are stables—wine brands that provide consistent quality and style from one vintage to the next. These wines make … [Read more...]

A Taste of Argentina with Viña Ventisquero Winemaker Felipe Tosso

Once an aspiring tennis pro and classical guitarist, Felipe Tosso eventually found his true creative calling at the Viña Ventisquero winery nestled in the coastal hills of Chile’s Maipo Valley. There he makes world-class wines from grapes cultivated along the slopes and valleys that lie with the winery’s vineyards in Maipo, Colchagua, Casablanca, and Leyda valleys. Felipe recently shared his creations with a handful of wine writers over tapas at the restaurant Estadio. We opened the … [Read more...]

Wine for Your Next Date Night

Georgia-born winemaker Suzanne Phifer Pavitt explained that she won’t tolerate bad food or bad wine, as my husband Chris Prawdzik and I sipped her excellent Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc over lunch at D.C.’s District Line. Growing up Baptist in rural Georgia, she appreciated the high quality of locally grown food from a young age. But wine? Not so much. Fortunately, as an executive in sales, she was lucky enough to learn and appreciate some of the world’s finest wines “on an expense … [Read more...]

Sweet Summer Refreshment with Tokaji

Summer wine drinkers often focus on refreshing dry, crisp white wines, but there’s no reason why refreshment can’t be sweet. So if you want a new experience, why not try some of Hungary’s most glorious Tokaji?These wines bear the same name of the region with the addition of the letter “i” at the end–Tokaji–which translates as “from Tokaj.” The region produces both dry and sweet wines from Hungarian grapes, but the sweet ones are surely the most exquisite. Like Sauternes from Bordeaux, Hungarians … [Read more...]

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